The baddest man on the planet, Brock Lesnar, got one of the bloodiest beatings of a lifetime against the new Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 last October.
Lesnar started off the aggressor in the five round championship bout that was nearly one whole round. Lesnar used his size and power to takedown Velasquez, but Velasquez did not suffer much damage if any. Velasquez was able to get the fight back standing and forced the fight into the cage. Lesnar and Velasquez started to exchange flurries with each other and that proved to be a mistake for Lesnar.
Velasquez nailed Lesnar so hard that Lesnar tried his best to spin away from Velasquez all the way to the opposite side of the octagon. Velasquez did not let up and started a beatdown on Lesnar with some ground and pound. Lesnar showed his toughness by not only being able to survive the beating, but he also was able to get to his feet.
Not for long though.
With blood already all over Lesnar’s face and Velasquez without a scratch, Velasquez rocked Lesnar again just as Lesnar got to his feet. This time when Velasquez went to pummel the champion on the ground, the ref had to stop the fight as Lesnar was bleeding even more and was not defending himself intelligently.
While it did not even get past the first round, the fight was fast-paced and had the crowd going from start to finish as both fighters went for quick finishes right away. In the extras on the second disc, Velasquez acknowledged that tough challenges are ahead and the discussions of a future battle with Junior Dos Santos is one he is already thinking about. Crimson mask Lesnar received a bit support from his wife Rena Sable Lesnar and said that he plans on working his way battle to the top of the mountain once again.
In other action, Tito Ortiz made his long awaited comeback to the octagon as he fought one of his students from The Ultimate Fighter, Matt Hamill. Both fighters looked equally matched to start, however, when Hamill took down Ortiz early on, Ortiz could not get up. Hamill showed a lot of the aggressive ground and pound that Ortiz has demonstrated in the past, but to Ortiz’s credit he was not finished. Beaten, but Ortiz never gave up or was knocked out.
Jake Shields’ debut with the UFC was not the impressive performance he was hoping for. Martin Kampmann gave him all he can handle and nearly finished Shields in the fight. To some fans, especially the ones booing after the decision, Shields should have lost the fight instead of getting the split decision victory. Regardless, Shields clearly needs to work on his cardio if he plans to upset Georges St-Pierre at UFC: 129 in Toronto this year.
Diego Sanchez and Paul Thiago had the most exciting back-and-forth fight of the event. Thiago took down and nearly submitted Sanchez in the first round, but the determination and heart of Sanchez proved to be too much following a wicked slam by Sanchez in round two. Thiago kept trying to submit Sanchez, but could not do so while Sanchez nailed bombs and had Thiago on the ground for most of the second and third round.
The bonus features give you a neat look on how The Ultimate Fighter put fighters and the UFC in more households across the world. The entire UFC: 121 pre-show is a great buildup on how undefeated Velasquez made it to his fight with Lesnar. Also, the prelims that went on prior to the event going live really make this a worthy UFC purchase. Each time Lesnar has stepped foot into the octagon the UFC has done an excellent job making their event exciting to watch from start to finish.
UFC 121: Lesnar v. Velasquez
Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada
Released on Jan. 4, 2011
Run time of 303 minutes