Cain Velasquez needed more than 64 seconds.
The end result was just as impressive.
Velasquez pounded Junior dos Santos throughout a five-round bout and reclaimed the heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory (50-45, 50-43, 50-44) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
"I knew I was going to come back stronger," Velasquez said in the post-fight broadcast interview.
Dos Santos wrested the belt from Velasquez 13 months ago at UFC on FOX 1 in a bout that lasted only a little more than a minute. It was later made public later that Velasquez entered that bout with a knee injury that limited his mobility.
A healthy Velasquez was the aggressor, shooting for dos Santos' leg repeatedly early in the bout. But it was his punching power -- something that dos Santos is more known for -- that did the damage, starting with an overhand right that stumbled dos Santos in the first round.
"He's a tough dude," Velasquez said. "I knew that Junior was a tough striker and he was able to...