Cain Velasquez will start the new year as the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) heavyweight champion. Velasquez regained his title after an impressive win in the main event of UFC 155 over Junior dos Santos. Thirteen months after losing the championship to Dos Santos in 64 seconds, Velasquez dominated all five rounds of the rematch. Velasquez won a unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards with the scores of 50-45, 50-44, and 50-43. The win improves Velasquez’ record to 11-1 and 9-1 inside the UFC octagon.
The undercard not only featured the fight of the night, but a potential fight of the year candidate. Jim Miller fought Joe Lauzon in a three round lightweight battle. Miller won a close fight on all three of the judges’ scorecards 29-28. Lauson’s face was a bloody mess in the fight thanks to the vicious elbows thrown by Miller. Lauzon did not give up after being bloodied and battered in the first two rounds. Lauzon locked in a front choke late in the third round, but time expired and Miller survived. The loss was Lauzon’s second in his last three fights. Miller earned an important victory bouncing back from his loss to Nate Diaz in May.
The remaining result from the main card at UFC 155 were, Derek Brunson beat Chris Leben in a uneventful fight. In a rematch of a 2006 bout, Yushin Okami once again defeated Alan Belcher by unamimous decision. Okami gave his opponent credit after the fight, “Belcher is a very tough opponent, and I feel that a win over Belcher should allow me to keep challenging more of the top guys in the middleweight division.” Costa Philippou won via TKO over Tim Boetsch at 2:11 of the third round. UFC 155 took place from the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas and replays can be seen throughout the week on pay per view.