LAS VEGAS — Cain Velasquez knocked down Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva with a combination and finished him on the ground 1:21 into the first round Saturday night, briskly defending his heavyweight title at UFC 160.
Former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos also stopped Mark Hunt on a spinning kick to the head with 42 seconds left in the third round at the MGM Grand Garden, likely setting up a third fight between Dos Santos and Velasquez in the near future.
Velasquez (12-1) made his first successful title defense in style, rocking Silva in the opening minute before connecting with a right hand to Silva's chin and mercilessly punishing him on the ground.
Dos Santos (16-2) is hungry for another title shot after dispatching the tenacious Hunt with a risky, acrobatic kick in the final minute of a fight he appeared to be winning.
"I want that so bad," Dos Santos said. "Because, man, I really believe I can be the champion again, and I'll do my best to get there."
Earlier on the pay-per-view card, Brazilian light heavyweight Glover Teixeira needed only 2:38 to submit James Te Huna with a guillotine choke for his 19th consecutive win, and Nova Scotia's T.J. Grant earned a likely lightweight title shot with a dynamic first-round stoppage of Gray Maynard.