Velasquez, a former Arizona State wrestler, did his best to show his stand-up skills, but despite taking control of his fight with Stojnic from the outset, Velasquez didn't finish his overmatched opponent as quickly as he could have.
Velasquez had won each of his previous four fights by first-round TKO, but this time it took until the 2:34 mark of the second round before he used his ground and pound to earn the TKO.
"I'm sorry for that," Velasquez said." I could have finished him a lot better. I didn't."
There have been suggestions that Velasquez could be ready to fight for the UFC heavyweight belt this year, but I think he needs at least two more wins -- and against better opponents than Stojnic -- before anyone could seriously consider him as a potential opponent for Brock Lesnar or Frank Mir. Asked who he'll fight next, Velasquez said he he's ready for any challenge.
"Whatever the UFC gives me," Velasquez said. "I swear next time you'll see a better showing."
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