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Cain Velasquez is world's baddest dude

12/27/2010
Jeff Riedel for ESPN The Magazine

He punches the air. He exhales sharp and hard and punches the air. He kicks at the air and spins and kicks again.

His expression is the absence of expression.

He punches at nothing and kicks at nothing and punches and kicks and spins again.

"Perfect," says the photographer.

This is what it means to be the new MMA heavyweight champion of the world. This is what it means to be Cain Velasquez.

Velasquez is big, but not as big as your imagination wants him to be. On the night of Oct. 23, he became the UFC heavyweight titleholder by beating Brock Lesnar. By beating him badly. He did this by being better at more things than Lesnar. By being more evolved.