A Look at Cain Velasquez’s Climb Through the Ranks

The moment he stepped on the scene in 2006 as a fresh-faced twenty-something, UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez garnered hype as a fighters fans should keep an eye on due to his wrestling pedigree, athleticism, and sponge-like ability to soak up technique in order to improve as a fighter. Though buzz can often wear off after a stumble or two, Velasquez lived up to his promise by racking up nine straight wins including those over Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, Brock Lesnar, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

However, Velasquez’s rise to greatness took a hit – literally – when he suffered a strike-based stoppage to current champion Junior dos Santos in November 2011. Velasquez picked up a dominant win in his return to the ring and is now out for revenge in a rematch with JDS this weekend at UFC 155.

Check out a retrospective on Velasquez’s path to tomorrow night’s tilt with Dos Santos: