Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez made a statement of some note as he opened the UFC 200 main card with a dominating win over Travis Browne.
Referee John McCarthy was left with no choice but put a stop to the fight four minutes and 57 seconds into the first round after Browne had taken some serious damage.
Velasquez entered the fight on the back of a loss to Fabrício Werdum at UFC 188 which saw him surrender his heavyweight belt, and he looked like a man out to prove a point from the outset.
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The 33-year-old was all over Browne and having seen Browne escape a rear waistlock with a minute to go left his opponent wobbling when he made contact with a strong left.
An uppercut and a few more blows followed as Velasquez looked to finish the fight inside the first round, and that he did when McCarthy eventually put Browne out of his misery.
Velasquez wasted no time in setting the stage for his next fight, calling out both Werdum, and the man who now holds the heavyweight title Stipe Miocic.
Cain: "I want to fight the best guys." What do you think, Stipe or Werdum rematch? Don't @ me any other ideas. #UFC200
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