Cain Velasquez Wins Knockout of Night

Besides a shiny new belt, Cain Velasquez collected an extra $70,000 for winning the Knockout of the Night award Saturday at UFC 121 in Anaheim, Calif.

Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago and Daniel Roberts were also $70,000 bonus winners. Sanchez and Thiago took part in the Fight of the Night, while Roberts received the nod for Submission of the Night.

Sanchez avoided the first three-fight losing streak of his career with his unanimous decision win over Thiago in an entertaining back-and-forth battle. The highlight of the fight was Sanchez's running (and yelling) slam to cap off the second stanza.

"Ninja" Roberts, who frequents local grappling tournaments, defended a takedown attempt by Mike "Joker" Guymon by securing an anaconda choke to dispatch the former TapouT member in 73 seconds.

And finally, Velasquez earned Knockout of the Night for his stoppage over Brock Lesnar to capture the UFC heavyweight belt at four minutes and 12 seconds of the opening round.

The attendance was 14,856 for a $2.15 million gate, according to UFC president Dana White.

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