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UFC 121 Play By Play – Cain Velasquez Vs. Brock Lesnar

What else can you say? On the night that my San Francisco Giants are headed to the World Series, it’s Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez locking it up. It’s the icing on the cake.

No long intros tonight, let’s get to the fights.

1. Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Brendan Schaub

Schaub was able to get in and out and seemed to surprise Gonzaga. He was landing some really solid shots, and Gonzaga looked to be concerned early on. He started to get comfortable with his kicks, but Schaub looked unconcerned and started to unload on him. Schaub had him reeling late in the round.

Much slower second round. Gonzaga started to land some heavy leg kicks. He slipped throwing the next one, and Schaub jumped on him and started to land again. Closer second round, but Schaub was leading most exchanges.

The third round was pretty dull. Gonzaga almost stopped leg kicking which was his best shot to get to Schaub. Schaub continued to jab away though went for a takedown. It was interesting that Gonzaga didn’t try for any submissions until right at the end of the fight. Schaub fought the end of the round like he needed it to win and nearly got caught after his takedown was stuffed. Gonzaga tried to slip a choke on, but the round was over.

Winner: Brendan Schaub by way of unanimous decision

He won all three rounds by the score of 30-27.

2. Matt Hamill vs. Tito Ortiz

Tito came out aggressive, but ended up with a cut on the right side of his head, six inches above his ear. Hammil got a takedown, but Tito was up quickly. Tito’s throwing a lot of head kicks. Tito also has a cut underneath his right eye. Hamill looks just a step crisper with his punches. Ortiz isn’t scared of his power, but he’s also getting hit more than he’s hitting. Hamill ended the round with two punches after the bell.

Ortiz looked much better in the second round. He was throwing kicks and following it up with his right hand. Hamill looked a little more cautious. I thought a takedown could cement the round for Ortiz, but then Hamill got the takedown. They were both active on the ground. Ortiz was throwing shots and trying to set something up, while Hamill was trying to land big shots. Ortiz tried to grab his leg and got caught, but rolled through and Hamill ended up back on top and in side control. Hamill’s up 2-0.

Hamill’s corner wants him to let his hands go, but he’s not really doing much but back track. He did throw a nice double jab. Ortiz tried to shoot, but to no avail. Ortiz doesn’t look like he has the will to run through the kid. Hamill scored another takedown to cement the win. Tito couldn’t get off his back. It was kind of sad. Tito raised his hand at the end, but was clearly pissed off.

Winner: Matt Hamill by way of unanimous decision

Ortiz got one round on two of the cards.

3. Paulo Thiago vs. Diego Sanchez

Sanchez came out like a ball of fire as usual, but Thiago quickly turned the tables. He locked in a guillotine early on and then scored a trip takedown and attempted a d’arce choke. Sanchez came back with energy late in the round, but I don’t think he did enough to steal the round. Thiago controlled most of it.

Thiago got the best of a nice exchange early in the second. Sanchez caught his leg and got the takedown as Thiago tried to jump with one foot to kick Sanchez off. Sanchez landed on top of him in a reverse cowgirl in the face position. Hey, Rogan called it a reverse mount. Thiago got a warning for hitting in the back of the head. Thiago was going for a kimura. They both rolled out and were back on their feet, but Sanchez picked him up and slammed him down. He got the crowd back into this show. Totally stole that round. It’s 1-1.

Sanchez has a ton of energy and Thiago looks really tired. Thiago went for a similar takedown, but Diego landed on top. He locked in a body triangle and was trying flatten him out. Thiago was trying for a kimura from the bottom before the body triangle. Thiago fell out of it and Diego rushed him and nearly ate an up-kick. But Sanchez is back on top again. He tried to get his back, slid off, and Thiago immediately went for a d’arce, but Diego ended up back on top again. He ended up throwing punches in bunches from the top. Sanchez got the crowd back into the show and put on a really good performance.

Winner: Diego Sanchez by way of unanimous decision

The scores were 30-26, 29-28, and 29-28.

Three fights and three unanimous decisions. And next is Jake Shields. Hmmmm.

4. Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Shields

Shields looks tiny. He also looked nervous compared to Kampmann.

Really fun jui-jitsu battle to start the fight. Shields got a takedown, but Kampmann wouldn’t let him get into side control and fought and fought back to half guard. Shields quickly went from side control to mount, but Kampmann bounced him off and got back up to his feet. On their feet, Kampmann didn’t do much. Shields went for another takedown, but didn’t get it. He threw some leg kicks that weren’t meant to be much more than an annoyance.

Shields played more of the same game, but Kampmann kneed him in the face three times at different times in the fight. Whenever Kampmann went for a choke, Shields was unconcerned, only hoping to goad Kampmann into opening something up for him. Shields got mount position twice easily after takedowns, but Kampmann bucked out both times. That’s an interesting round to score. I’d probably still go Shields, but Kampmann’s knees were more dangerous than anything else.

Shields looks very tired. His goal looks to be to survive the round. Kampmann landed his first high kick and then easily grabbed the back of Shield’s neck to knee him in the face. Shields was letting Kampmann choke him just so he could get the fight to the ground. Shields got his back, got the body triangle and spent the rest of the round on his back.

Winner: Jake Shields by way of split decision

The scores were 29-28 for Kampmann, 30-27 for Shields, and 29-28 for Shields.

Shields wasn’t impressive at all and Dana White may want to think better of making him the new number one contender.

5. Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar

Brock came out for the takedown quickly and couldn’t get it. Cain stepped back and let his hands go, but Brock came in with a flying knee. When they were apart, Brock felt Cain’s power in his hands and then went back for the takedown. Cain got back up. Brock got him down again and Cain got right back up. Brock landed in the exchange and then Cain took him down and started throwing hammer fists. Brock was back up and then must’ve got caught as he fell backwards and Cain caught him and Brock went down and was on his back. Brock got back up and then took another shot and went back down. Cain followed up on the ground and with shots and Herb Dean stopped it. Lesnar didn’t get up angry.

Winner: Cain Velasquez by way of 1st round TKO