by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Cain Velasquez solidified himself as one of the top contenders in the UFC heavyweight division after dominating “Big” Ben Rothwell at UFC 104 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Rothwell found himself on his back just 30 seconds into the fight but was able to quickly get back to his feet. Velasquez continued with his relentless style taking Rothwell down at will where he landed a series of big shots nearly finishing the fight. Rothwell survived the round but was warned by the referee about absorbing too many blows.
In the second round Velasquez picked up where he left off, taking the bigger Rothwell to the canvas and connecting with heavy punches to the face of the 28-year old Rothwell as he worked on getting back to his feet. Referee Steve Mazzagatti called a halt to the action just 58 seconds into the second round in a big of a bizarre stoppage.
The stoppage was strange because Rothwell took a lot of punishment in the first round and was standing up at the time of the stoppage. Velasquez thought the fight could have gone on longer.
Asked by Joe Rogan following the bout if he thought the fight could have continued, Velasquez said, “I think so. I felt him stand up. I was beginning to take him down again. He did a good job.”
Velasquez remains undefeated, 7-0 in his career and 5-0 inside the UFC Octagon and takes another step up the ladder to a title shot.