Cain Velasquez (Photo: foxsports.com)
UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Stephens – Feb. 7, 2009 – Tampa, Fla. – USF SunDome
Cain Velasquez proved unstoppable at UFC Fight Night 17, beating Denis “The Menace” Stojnic in a heavyweight bout.
Velasquez, who would eventually win two UFC heavyweight titles, improved to 5-0 by defeating “The Menace” from Bosnia.
In the main event, Joe Lauzon improved to 18-4 with a win over Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens with an armbar in Round 2. Stephens was substituting for the injured Hermes Franca.
Josh “The Dentist” Neer battled through a cut near his eye to beat Mac Danzig with a triangle choke in Round 2. Neer picked up his fourth win in five fights.
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson opened the Spike TV telecast with a TKO win over Luigi Fioravanti.
On the pre-show, Dan Miller defeated Jake Rosholt with a guillotine choke in 63 seconds. Gleison Tibau also used the guillotine to beat Rich Clementi at the 4:35 mark.
Kurt Pellegrino used a rear naked choke to stop Rob Emerson in the second round. Matt Veach beat Matt Grice by TKO at 4:34. Nick Catone beat Derek Downey by submission to a keylock in Round 2.
TUF 7 alumnus Matthew Riddle improved to 2-0 with a unanimous decision over Steve Bruno. Riddle later switched to pro wrestling as “The King of Bros” and was eventually signed by WWE.