Title defense No. 1 is in the books for Cain Velasquez.
After failing to hold onto the UFC belt in 2011, Velasquez made good in his second attempt, retaining the title in dominating fashion over Antonio Silva with a technical stoppage due to strikes at 1:21 of Round 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
"The important thing was to stay moving," Velasquez said. "Look for takedowns. Look for punches. But never stay in front of him."
That's exactly what he did. Silva (18-5) did well to defend Velasquez's first takedown attempts, but whatever game plan the 33-year-old 6-foot,4, 263-pound Brazilian brought into the Octagon with him vanished when he was crushed by a right hand to the jaw.
Velasquez, 30, followed a money right hand with a stream of strikes while Silva was on all fours. Referee Mario Yamasaki gave a close look and soon after pulled the plug on the fight. Silva protested, but only for a moment.