Last night's UFC 166: Velsaquez vs dos Santos III was a card of epic proportion to say the least. From top to bottom the card was full of great fights. The Toyota Center crowd was great, the action was great. Houston, you have no problems when it comes to hosting an MMA event.
Cain Velasquez was nothing short of dominant in his defense of the UFC heavyweight title against Junior dos Santos. Velasquez controlled the fight with his takedowns and clinch work against the cage. The fight was close to being stopped in third as Velasquez dropped dos Santos and landed several unanswered shots. Dos Santos survived until the fifth round when Velasquez was finally able to stop him.
"He beat me up, what can I say?" Dos Santos told Joe Rogan during the post fight interview. "He's a great fighter."
On the official scorecards two of the three judges gave Velasquez 10-8 in the third round. This win solidifies Velasquez as the top heavyweight in the world.
In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier really opened up offensively in his win over Roy Nelson. The fight was not a spectacular fight but Cormier showed his diversity and improved striking in a decision win over Nelson. Cormier did a great job of moving and throwing combinations of kicks and punches throughout the fight.
When it was announced that Gilbert Melendez would face Diego Sanchez you knew it was going to be candidate for the fight of the night. It was not only fight of the night, it was one of the all-time great fights in UFC history. It was a fast paced fight with non-stop action from beginning to end. When the smoke settled the winner was Gilbert Melendez but the real winners were those watching.
This was the kind of fight that written words cannot give justice. Following the conclusion, UFC president Dana White was running around like a kid he was so excited. It was a tremendous fight.
Hector Lombard was impressive in his first round knockout win over Nate Marquardt. That fight was his debut at welterweight and it looks like Lombard will be a tough match up for anyone at 170 pounds. Un-ranked Jessica Eye scored a big upset win over the number 2 ranked bantamweight Sarah Kaufman in another great three round battle in the woman's division.
Other standouts of the night include Adlan Amagov who stopped Texas native T.J. Waldburger in the first and Andre Fili, who took the fight on one week notice, defeated Jeremy Larsen in the first of their bout.
To wrap it up, this card was one of the best nights of fights in UFC history. That may sound like an over estimation, but even Dana White scored it better than other big nights like UFC 100.
"This beats everything, this beats UFC 100, this beats whatever number (UFC 116) you just said." White told reporters following the UFC 166 post-fight press conference. "Top to bottom, everything (all other cards)."
UFC 166: Velasquez vs dos Santos III aired live on pay per view in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center on Saturday night. Below are the full results of the card.
Cain Velasquez def. Junior Dos Santos via TKO (strikes) - Round 5, 3:09 - to retain heavyweight title
Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:33
John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 4:13
Tim Boetsch def. CB Dollaway via split decision (30-26, 27-29, 30-26)
Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 1:48
Jessica Eye def. Sarah Kaufman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
KJ Noons def. George Sotiropoulos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Adlan Amagov def. T.J. Waldburger via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 3:45
Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio via submission (D'Arce choke) - Round 1, 1:52
Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 0:53
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 3:51