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UFC 166 Main Card Results Recap: Cain Velasquez Retains The Title In Dominant fashion


UFC 166 is in the books from the Toyota Center in Houston and Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos put on another exciting battle for the title. The fight started off fast as expected, with Dos Santos appearing to wobble Velasquez early on. Velasquez responded with two good takedowns, pushing “Cigano” up against the fence to smother Dos Santos against the cage. The champ tripped Dos Santos early in the second frame, and continued to dominate in the clinch. Velasquez landed some good hooks, but Dos Santos escaped with a quick takedown of his own. Although Velasquez won the round, Dos Santos landed a short right elbow and right cross that landed clean. Velasquez rocked Dos Santos with a huge shot in the third and sent “Cigano” stumbling, nearly finishing the fight. Velasquez looked for a choke and landed more punches. Cain continued to grind Dos Santos in the fourth round, and unleashed a fast combo against the fence. Dos Santos was a bloody mess but kept throwing elbows. Velasquez took the fight to the ground in the fifth and continued his insane pace. “Cigano” was gassed, and he turtled on the ground as Herb Dean rushed in and called off the bout.

Daniel Cormier squared off with fan favorite Roy Nelson in the co-main event. The fight began as expected, with Cormier scoring a single leg takedown to control “Big Country” on the ground and against the cage. Nelson went for a kimura, but Cormier countered to land some knees. A big one was deemed low and earned a stoppage. On the restart, Cormier pressed forwards with some sharp combos as Nelson missed on his trademark haymakers. Cormier looked much more fleet of foot as he scored with punches and tripped Nelson. The third and final round saw Nelson have no answer for Cormier’s striking as “DC” opened up with a spinning backfist and a hard front kick. He followed that up with a big overhand right into a bodylock takedown. “Big Country” never had anything to offer Cormier, who took home the unanimous decision with his intelligent gameplan.

Number two-ranked lightweight Gilbert Melendez met the dangerous Diego Sanchez in “The Dream’s” return to 155-pounds. Sanchez started out strong by taking “El Nino’s” back, looking for a rear naked choke. Melendez answered with some good power shots. He landed an array of crisp punches, but Sanchez fought back with combos of his own. Melendez dropped “The Dream” as the round ended with a huge flurry. Melendez kept snapping right hands to Sanchez’ eye in the second, causing a break in action to examine a huge cut. Sanchez got a takedown, but Melendez continued to land precise shots at will. The third round kicked off with some awesome exchanges, as the fight became the all-out war we expected to see. Sanchez’ cut was checked again but the fight continued, and he rocked Melendez with a huge uppercut, looking for a submission on the ground. The war raged on with elbows, kicks, and punches flying at will. The bout ended an absolute wild brawl, living up to its billing in a huge way. Gilbert Melendez took home the unanimous decision.

Heavyweight power hitters Gabriel Gonzaga and Shawn Jordan started out with a cautious boxing exchange, but it heated up very quickly. Gonzaga rocked Jordan with a huge right hook, ending the fight with some subsequent ground and pound. It was a quick and impressive win for the surging Brazilian.

Flyweight John Dodson welcomed the debuting Darrell Montague to the Octagon. The bout started out a bit slow, but Dodson soon turned it on with his trademark boxing, dropping Montague before slamming him to the fight. Montague recovered surprisingly well from the flurry, but it was not to be. Dodson landed an absolutely vicious left hand that knocked Montague out. A few totally unnecessary ground shots followed, leaving Montague to wake for a takedown attempt on the ref.

UFC 166 Main Card Results:

Cain Velasquez def. Junior Dos Santos via R5 TKO (ref stoppage)

Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision

Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision

Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via R1 TKO (punches)

John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via R1 KO (punches)

  • Junior should win knock out of the night

    • Mmmmm make sure you was watching the third fight and not the first lol…

      • He Ko'd himself when he took it down for the sub.

    • I'm just wondering, did jnr cop a worse beating in fight 2 or fight 3 ?
      I know Cain took alot more damage in the third fight

  • Gilbert is a friggin beast! And Diego fights like he has rabies holy shlt that fight was wild

    • For sure man that fight is fight of the year by far jesus man

  • Declaring the winner by TKO and still……wow too much burritos dude!
    I just love the fact that Cain was always so humble and Popeye i mean JDS running that mouth without any control…look at this now, what do you have to say now jds fans?

    • Junior did himself proud in my opinion but Cain fought a great fight. My friend who does not like Junior told me Cain was grabbing the fence many times to keep it there. Have to watch again to know for sure. It was a competitive fight and exciting to watch.

      • Proud of yelling the whole year that he's going to knock Cain out again and it was just the other way around? oh my god!

        • He nearly did KO Cain a couple times and certainly could have as he has shown in devastating fashion. To be fair he basically Ko'd himself with a sub attempt.

      • He did not grab the fence at all.. he put his hands up against the fence and thats allowed as long as u dont hook your fingers in… which he didnt.

    • You are such and idiot madre….I mean wow. JDS is actually one of the most humble and nice guys in the sport along with Cain. And you have to talk the talk to sell what Dana is calling the biggest trilogy in MMA history. Should JDS led the pr fight hype on a " I think I'm going to lose" line?? All in all your screen name shows how idiotic you are. Tu Puta Madre was not even funny in Grade School. I can't imagine why your name is like a little kid using his first curse words. Makes no sense. I have some piasanos but your just a pysa. And as far as Cain goes oh man that was boring. Cain and DC can take that greco back to the Olympics. I know its skill but I can't watch hugging over and over….Oh by the way Your mom is a *****

  • Velasquez proving the people wrong, not only dominating AGAIN, but this time finishing. (more like Dos Santos quitting but meh that was weird).

    • Yep, Dos Santos quit the fight within 30 seconds of round 1.

    • he didnt quit he was out..

      • I don't think Junior was out at all. There was no real KO in that last round. It was a decent stoppage though as I think he would have just stayed curled up

  • Big Country to 205!?!?!? In and Out is gonna start selling Salads!!!!

  • The Cain/ JDS fight should have been stopped in the third round. I was worried for JDS to be honest. Cain Could have killed him.

    That said, this was best card I've ever seen in my life….

  • man herb dean definately kept that fight going, Junior was definately OUT in the 3rd clearly, he got woken back up by cain, has a crazy chin/heart but it should have been stopped in the 3rd FOR SURE.!

    • Today, for the first time I questioned my self if I really like this sport. It was making me sick watching JDS take so much after the third round. I am sure that the doctors know their job, but that was taking it too far. Someone should have thrown the towel in the third round.

      • It used to be much worse and I watched back then.

      • He looked like he had gotten his second wind in the 4th but there's not much you can do when you got a cardio freak like Cain just smothering you all night long. JDS has huge heart for sure.

  • So Dos Santos over trained again or somethin'? Way to punch like a girl Cain. haha

  • Cain is an unstoppable monster…..congrats to the champ.

  • This fight never should have taken place. Cain DOMINATED Junior for FIVE ROUNDS in the last fight. There was little doubt Junior would stand more than a puncher's chance this time, but the UFC HYPE machine wanted to sell this as the biggest fight in UFC history.

    • His punchers chance is a very good chance though and nearly happened all over again tonight in R1.

  • I am very sad for Junior, but I have to admit, Cain is unbeatable champ! : (

    • There you go, this is a true fan, rather than giving excuses that "He nearly did KO Cain a couple times blah blah blah.. To be fair he basically Ko'd himself with a sub attempt."… I applaud you my friend.

      • I already gave Cain his dues and said he deserved to win. You guys blow it out of proportion with how he won though as if Junior didn't even put up a fight.

        • No man, Jr. was absolutely a warrior out there, he took everything Cain gave him. His heart and chin was incredible, but for a fan to say that "he nearly KO'd Cain a couple of times" just doesn't fit, of course he did, just like Cain nearly KO'd Jr. a couple of times too. One things for sure though, Jr.'s coming back to prove a point, and whoever his opponent is should be fcking scared.

          • I never said Cain didn't nearly KO Junior, i was merely stating this was no cake walk for Cain as some interpret.

  • This was a SICK CARD!!!, Lombard, Sanchez, Melendez, Dodson, and to top that – the Main Card and the amazingly difficult move the "self knock out." Awesome Card.

  • Props to Caim for the victory, though I wished he didnt push against the cage most of the fight.
    Gilbert and Diego is definitely fight of the night, non stop action.
    DC had the winning game plan and like we suspected, was far to fast for Roy. But DC will have to get a little better cardio to be a champ. It may have been the weight he's been cutting though. All in all, great night of fights!
    And I still give respect to JDS for fighting his heart out, yet being too slow and never letting his hands go like I thought he might.

    • JDS should think about changing camps. He has some excellent coaches but there is a very obvious missing link in his fighting style. He will never be able to beat Cain with his current skill level.

      • He's fine where he's at.. he just needs to spend a LOT more time wrestling… 1 camp of extensive wrestling is not nearly enough to catch up with Cain's wrestling mileage…

      • Never, I thought he did already. I think he needs more Cardio and he'll do fine.

  • Just like I said…Cry Me A River JDS fans… Cry Me A River,,, Live With It Cain Haters…… Cain = #1 Champ

    • Again, who is crying a river? Most here are giving Cain props. Im beginning to think you're just a dickhead man.

      • ha ha, it didnt censor that one! lmao

        • They know who they are.. Just saying, Yet their fingers are resting……If you are not one of them, don't jump on the hook steroid Stewie…Remember you got whoop my a baby girl awhile back..War Cain..Yet Only man that can beat Cain… Is Nick Diaz…lol.

          • Ok man, I apologize Guess I'll just go back to carving my name in the stairway..

    • No one hates Cain you moron. You make Cain look Stupid with your comment next to his photo.

      • dickhead…. lol…

      • Anderson Silva is one of my favorite fighters..You're the one make him look bad with your comment above… I'll be the bigger man and move on…

  • DC continues to bore the crap out of me. If he had any balls at all he would face his friend for the title, but instead he will drop to 205. Big mistake. Cain will hold the belt for awhile, as I see no threat to him at this point. The HW division just became not-so-competitive at the top.

    • Dont watch his fights dude….dont watch them…easy no? 😉

      • I agree….But also don't listen to puta. Just don't.