LAS VEGAS -- Don't write off Cain Velasquez just yet.
On Saturday night, the two-time former UFC heavyweight champion looked every bit the world beater he's been when he's not injured, as he absolutely mauled Travis Browne in the main-card opener of UFC 200 at T Mobile Arena.
Velasquez (14-2) pressed the action from the outset, stalking Browne down and landing heavy strikes. Velasquez even threw lightning-fast spinning back kicks, one of which landed.
Velasquez dropped Browne late in the round and didn't let up, wailing away with ground-and-pound until John McCarthy waved the bout off.
"Feels good you know I have a lot of respect for Travis," Velasquez said. "He fights good he fights hard, it's good to be back."
Velasquez knows he might not get a shot at the belt currently held by Stipe Miocic right away given his injury history, so he says he just wants the best fights.
"I was out for a little bit," Velasquez said. "I want the best fights, I wnat he title belt, whoever the UFC wants me to fight I'll do it, i want the best guys."
It was the 12th career finish for Velasquez. Browne (18-4-1) has dropped two of his past three.