411's UFC 166: Velasquez vs Dos Santos 3 Report 10.19.13
Posted by Mark Radulich on 10.20.2013
Cain Velasquez defeated Junior Dos Santos via RD5 TKO to retain the UFC Heavyweight Title, Daniel Cormier defeated Roy Nelson via unanimous decision, John Dodson defeated Darrell Montague via RD1 KO and more! Check out 411’s complete UFC 166 report for all the details!
411's UFC 166: Velasquez vs Dos Santos 3 Report
Bantamweight Bout: Kyogi Horiguchi (135) vs. Dustin Pague (135)
ROUND ONE: Horiguchi comes out with a few leg kicks. They clash and Pague throws him to the mat. He tries for an arm triangle, transitions and takes his back. Horiguchi stands up but Pague attempts a rear-naked choke. Pague has the arm under the chin so Horiguchi is in trouble but he can't finish the hold. Horguchi defends momentarily but Pague stays on his back. Pague lets the body triangle go. Horiguchi cannot seem to dislodge Pague from his back. Horiguchi finally spins out and pushes Pague against the fence. Horiguchi tries to take him down but Pague pulls away. Pague lands a right hand. Pague catches Horiguchi with a knee. Pague gets a takedown. Horiguchi gets top position and a little ground and pound before the round ends.
SCORECARD: Pague 10-9
ROUND TWO: Horiguchi lands a big counter left hook. They exchange and Horiguchi drops him with another left hook! Horiguchi pounces on Pague to finish him with strikes! Pague covers up and grabs a hold of Horiguchi to save himself. Pague sweeps and gets top position. Horiguchi gets to his feet and takes Pague down again. Horiguchi has head-and-arm control. Horiguchi works from half guard. Big hammer fist from Horiguchi. Horiguchi postures him and lays down a beating on Pague. Horiguchi goes RUMBLE on Pague until Herb Dean calls him off. Big debut for the The Gooch!
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Kyogi Horiguchi by TKO at 3:51 of round 2.
Stop the presses! A Japanese prospect has lived up to the hype!
Catchweight Bout (148.5): Andre Fili (148.5) vs. Jeremy Larsen (145.5)
ROUND ONE: Fili comes out very aggressively. He throws a high head kick. Fili scores with a big right hook. Larsen shrugs it off. They grapple against the fence. Fili lands hard knees to the face. Larsen is cut open! Fili smells blood and seeks to finish him off with strikes. Larsen clinches to save himself. Larsen is bleeding all over Fili! Larsen has buried his head in Fili's abdomen trying to take him down. They separate and the ref uses that opportunity to have the cut checked. He can still see so we're back in business. Larsen lands an overhand right. He follows with a jab. Fili lands a counter right. They clash again! Fili clinches and drives Larsen to the fence. They break off. Larsen drops with him! Larsen dives into his guard. He's raining down strikes from the top position. Fili attempts an omaplata. Fili sweeps and gets to this feet. Fili dodges and lands a pair of hard strikes. Larsen looks like he's gone through the windshield directly into a tree but God bless him, he's still in the fight.
SCORECARD: Fili 10-9
ROUND TWO: Larsen comes out jabbing and moving his head. Fili lands a kick. Overhand right from Larsen connects but Fili walks through it. Larsen keeps moving his head directly into a Fili uppercut. Fili stuns him with a right hook to the temple and then finishes him off against the fence. Nicely done Touchy.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Andre Fili by TKO at :53 of round 2.
So apparently he cut from 178lbs in 2 weeks to take this fight, which is a) why he missed weight, b) why the UFC isn't making a huge deal of it. Alrighty then...
Lightweight Bout: Tony Ferguson (155) vs. Mike Rio (156)
ROUND ONE: Ferguson comes out jabbing. Rio counters. Rio looks for the takedown. He gets caught but keeps pushing forward. Ferguson sprawls. Ferguson shrugs him off. Ferguson scores with the jab. Rio shoots again. Ferguson sprawls, controlling the head. He knees him in the shoulder. They both stand up. Ferguson nails with a left hook! They go to the mat, Ferguson locks up a D'arce and boom! Done!
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Tony Ferguson by submission (D'arce choke) at 1:52 of round 1.
Welterweight Bout: Adlan Amagov (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (170.5)
ROUND ONE: TJ lands a leg kick. Front kick from Amagov, TJ counters. Another leg kick from TJ. Amagov counters with a spinning kick. TJ comes forward with punches and Amagov sprawls and pushes away. Spinning back kick to the gut from Amagov. TJ clinches and pushes Amagov into the fence. TJ tries for the single but eats a series of punches from Amagov. Amagov tags his chin with a left hook and that drops him! He follows with a series of punches and we're done! TJ Waldburger has no clue what dimension he's in...
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Adlan Amagov by KTFO at 3:00 of round 1.
Lightweight Bout: K.J. Noons (156) vs. George Sotiropoulos (155)
ROUND ONE: Lots of circling to start off. Noons has the center of the octagon, GS is very, very timid and won't engage. Noons is sticking his jab in GS' face but GS keeps circling away. Noons lands a single punch. He jabs again to the body. He lands another. GS is just covering and circling. At this rate, I'm hoping they cut GS before this fight goes to the 3rd round. That fans are booing as this is the worst fight of the night so far. GS finally throws a counter punch. He lands a left. GS flicks his jab but eats a counter left. And Noons is poked in the eye...sigh. Yet again a fighter straightens out his fingers and jabs his opponent in the eye and then is surprised at the result.
Moving right along, GS misses a front kick. With 15 seconds left both fighters have a wild brawl.
SCORECARD: Noons 10-9
Circle, circle, circle, circle, poke in the eye. The Sotiropoulos game plan.
ROUND TWO: GS is swinging early and often now. Noons is utilizing his jab. Head kick is blocked from GS. He connects with the jab. Noons lands, clinches and is nearly clipped with a knee. GS is picking up his offense but he isn't hitting much. Uppercut from Noons. Jab to the body from Noons. GS catches a kick and attempts a takedown. He gets it and presses him against the fence. Noons gets up but GS tries to take his back. GS lets him go. Hook to the body from GS. Front kick from GS. Knee to the body from GS. Right to the body from Noons. Noons looks for a KO. GS is still throwing a lot and hitting little. A bit of clash before we go to the third round for the first time tonight.
SCORECARD: Noons 10-9
ROUND THREE: They resume their kinda-sorta boxing match. GS has actually taken a one punch lead in strikes landed. Noons cuts GS open! GS tries for a desperation takedown. Noons batters him away. He tries again and Noons pushes him off. Leg kick from GS, counter to the body from Noons. GS comes forward with a combination but can't get the takedown. Another single punch to the body from Noons. Head kick lands from GS. Left hook from Noons! Spinning back fist from Noons. Hard right lands from Noons as we go to the judges for the first time tonight.
SCORECARD: Noons 10-9
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – KJ Noons by unanimous decision (29-28X2, 30-27).
I've never seen someone suck at winning like KJ Noons. #UFC166
Women's Bantamweight Bout: Jessica Eye (135) vs. Sarah Kaufman (135)
ROUND ONE: Fast and furious striking battle to start. Both fighters land leg kicks. They clinch up and battle against the cage. Eye spins her into the fence. Eye batters in the clinch and then backs off. Kaufman jabs forward. They clinch and Kaufman catches her with a short hook. Eye lands a flurry as Kaufman moves forward. They grapple against the fence again. Kaufman lands a knee and follows with a combination of punches. Uppercut from Eye. Kaufman gets caught coming forward again. Eye tags her again. Kaufman is landing single punches. Eye has the lead in strikes so far. Kick to the body from Eye. That round was better than the whole entire last fight.
SCORECARD: Eye 10-9
ROUND TWO: Left scores for Kaufman. They clinch and battle in the center of the octagon. Kaufman lands a big right hand. The fighters continue to clinch and exchange pretty evenly. Body kick is blocked from Eye. Kaufman clinches and lands a knee. They grapple against the fence and Eye presses her into the fence. Inside leg kick from Kaufman. Kaufman has a slight lead in distance strikes landed. Kaufman roughs her up against the fence. Left jab connects on the nose for Eye. Inside leg kick from Eye. Kaufman counters.
SCORECARD: Kaufman 10-9
ROUND THREE: Kaufman lands a hook but Eye shrugs it off. They clinch against the fence. Kaufman is chopping at Eye with her right hand. Eye looks to counter. They trade leg kicks. We have a back-and-forth kickboxing match between these two women. They clinch and exchange knees. Kaufman presses Eye into the fence. Kaufman lands an overhand right! Eye is stunned! Kaufman presses forward but Eye ties her up and throws her into the fence. Kaufman lands a double right! Eye is backing away! Kaufman is tagging her up with that right hand! The crowd applauds both women, as they should!
SCORECARD: Kaufman 10-9
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Sarah Kaufman Jessica "Evil" Eye by split decision (29-28X2 Eye, 29-28 Kaufman).
It was a close fight so I'm not going to throw up a pic of #Clucky.
Welterweight Bout: Hector Lombard (169) vs. Nate Marquardt (171)
ROUND ONE: Marquardt lands a front kick and dodges for safety. He lands another. Lombard presses forward. Leg kick from Marquardt. They clinch and up and exchange hard shots. Lombard swings for the fences and he gets him! He lands shot after shot finishes him on the ground! BOOM, DONE! Welcome to welterweight Mr. Lombard.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Hector Lombard by KO at 1:48 of round 1.
Middleweight Bout: Tim Boetsch (186) vs. C.B. Dollaway (186)
ROUND ONE: Both fighters come out swinging! Boetsch kicks CB's legs out from under him. CB ducks down and eats an uppercut. Leg kicks from CB. CB jabs away. Knee to the abdomen from Boetsch. Boetsch catches him in the body. Leg kick from Boetsch. Head kick misses from CB. Front kick misses from Boetsch. Boetsch kicks low, CB punches high. Boetsch smashes CB in to the fence. CB taunts Boetsch and tags him back. THai plumb from CB and he goes to work with knees. Boetsch catches him with an uppercut but CB keeps coming.
SCORECARD: CB Dollaway 10-9
ROUND TWO: Front kick from Boetsch. They clash and CB takes Boetsch down. CB works from half guard. Boetsch tries to roll over and get to his feet. CB attempts a choke and then transitions to his back. Boetsch gets to his feet and knees Dollaway in the face. Dollaway takes him down. Boetsch fights him off, but CB tries again. Boetsch attempts a guillotine. Boetsch hammers on the ground. CB stands back up. Boetsch roughs him up against the fence. Short elbow from Dollaway. Right hand connects and CB laughs it off. CB ducks another attack and takes down Boetsch. Boetsch attempts a kimura. CB fights out of it and hammers on him with hammer fists.
SCORECARD: Boetsch 10-9
ROUND THREE: Moments into the round CB pokes Boetsch in the eye. The doc checks and we're back to work. They go punch for punch and CB attempts a takedown. They both launch a few uppercuts. Jesus Christ! Dollaway pokes him again! The ref deducts a point, as he should. Boetsch luckily still has both his eyes so we'll continue. Dollaway takes him down. Dollaway gets to full mount. Boetsch pushes him off. Boetsch stomps CB's feet. Knee to the body from CB. Big right from Boetsch. Boetsch ties him up and presses him into the fence. Boetsch takes him down and tries to submit him! They scramble and the round ends with CB's head all ties up.
SCORECARD: Boetsch 10-9 (-1)
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Tim Boetsch by split decision (30-26X2 Boetsch, 29-27 Dollaway).
Flyweight Bout: John Dodson (125) vs. Darrell Montague (126)
ROUND ONE: Dodson comes forward but is pushed back by a knee. Left hook from Dodson. Leg kick from Dodson. Montague flicks his jab. Dodson clobbers him. Dodson punches him in the knee. Leg kick from Montague. Overhand left from Dodson. Leg kick from Dodson. DODSON NAILS MONTAGUE!!! He presses forward and looks to finish him with strikes. Montague is stunned and working on pure instinct. He grabs for Dodson's leg to survive. Amazingly they both take the center of the octagon again. Overhand left from Dodson. Dodson scores with a left and MONTAGUE FLAIR FLOPS TO THE CANVAS! Say what you will about Dodson but Shorty is no joke!
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – John Dodson by KO at 4:13 of round 1.
Heavyweight Bout: Gabriel Gonzaga (257) vs. Shawn Jordan (255)
ROUND ONE: Leg kick from GG. He misses the next one. GG moves in and he's stopped by jabs from Jordan. Another leg kick from GG. Jordan moves forward with jabs and BLAMMO!!! He's caught by GG with a counter right hook and pounded out! CHEERS! The First Round Finish Club salutes you!
In the Battle of the 3-1 Heavyweights, Gonzaga moves to 4-1 while Jordan falls to 3-2.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Gabriel Gonzaga by TKO at 1:33 of round 1.
Lightweight Bout: Gilbert Melendez (156) vs. Diego Sanchez (156)
ROUND ONE: Melendez lands a leg kick. Sanchez gets a takedown. He takes his back. Melendez defends and tries to take him down. Sanchez gets to this feet and circles away. Right to the body from Melendez. Leg kick from Sanchez. Melendez ducks under a punch. High kick from Sanchez is blocked. He tries for another takedown. Melendez stuns Sanchez as he moves forward. Another body shot from Melendez. Melendez is swinging for the fences. Side kick to the leg from Sanchez. Big right hand from Melendez. Melendez smacks him again and tries to get a single leg. Sanchez stays on his feet. Sanchez is cut open. Melendez has out struck Sanchez 3-1 so far. Overhand right from Sanchez. To kicks to the body from Sanchez. Sanchez stuns Melendez momentarily. Melendez shifts into El Nino mode! He swarms with punches and Sanchez goes toe-to-toe with him until the round ends!
SCORECARD: Melendez 10-9
ROUND TWO: Melendez strikes to the body. Melendez continues to pick a part Sanchez. Sanchez attacks the body and eats a knee. The ref pauses the fight so that Diego can get his checked. They patch him up and he's good to go. Right hand lands for Melendez. Flying knee is not so affective for Sanchez. Melendez backs him into the cage but Sanchez battles his way free. Big right lands for Melendez. Melendez trips Sanchez off of a kick. Sanchez gets back to his feet. Counter right from Melendez. Kick to the body from Sanchez. Melendez is tearing up his face. Sanchez takes him down but Melendez jumps right back up. Sanchez over commits and Melendez scores with more strikes. Melendez sprawls off of a takedown. Straight right from Melendez.
SCORECARD: Melendez 10-9
ROUND THREE: Melendez swings for the body. Both fighters are slugging it out! Melendez catches with him a right hand again. SANCHEZ SAYS COME ON AND FIGHT!!! We've got a Bonnar-Griffin thing going here! They are going punch for punch!!! And we stop again because Sanchez' eye is bleeding like a faucet. However, he's patched up with bubblegum and duct tape and we're back at it! Another right from Melendez. The Toyota Center is chanting for Sanchez! He taunts Melendez again! Sanchez lands a right hand! SANCHEZ CLOCKS MELENDEZ!!! Melendez goes down! Sanchez pounces but Melendez recovers and gets to his feet! Spinning back kick from Sanchez. Melendez takes his back. Sanchez hits a switch but Melendez escapes. Straight left from Melendez. THE FIGHTERS TRADE PUNCHES UNTIL THE HORN SOUNDS!!! Finally, somebody knows the meaning of, "fight with urgency." BRAVO!
SCORECARD: Sanchez 10-9
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Gilbert Melendez by unanimous decision (29-28X2, 30-27).
Heavyweight Bout: Daniel Cormier (224) vs. Roy Nelson (249)
ROUND ONE: Nelson swings high to start. DC flicks the jab. Nelson jabs back, DC ducks and takes him down. DC transitions to a cradle as he has his head tied up. DC pummels him against the fence. Nelson gives up his back so he can try to stand up. He does get up but DC stays with him. DC knees him in the face. Nelson tries for a kimura. DC pulls his arm free. DC is stuck to him like glue. They grapple against the fence. Knee to the body from DC. DC lands a few punches in the clinch. DC allegedly knees him in the groin. DC and Nelson trade jabs. Nelson is looking for that KO shot. Leg kick from Cormier. Nelson misses with a big swing.
SCORECARD: DC 10-9
ROUND TWO: Nelson sticks his jab out there. DC looks to get around it. DC attempts a takedown, Nelson shoves him off. Leg kick from DC. He fakes a takedown and a left. Front kick from DC. Leg kick from DC. He throws a series of punches and backs him into the fence. Knee to the body from DC. DC stuns him and goes for a takedown. Nelson gets right back up. DC roughs him up against the fence. Roy Nelson has landed 9 significant strikes...sigh. DC lands another combination of punches. Leg kick from Nelson. One-two from DC. Nelson blocks a head kick.
SCORECARD: DC 10-9
ROUND THREE: DC throws a few body kicks. Nelson lands to the body. Another leg kick from DC. DC fakes the take down and lands the left. DC lands another series of strikes. Body kick from DC. Front kick from DC. Big right from DC and he follows with a tackle. Nelson gets back to his feet. They trade kicks. DC unloads two more kicks. Nelson, out of options, starts taunting DC. Nelson throws a one-two. Nelson lands the final kick of the fight. Sigh #2.
SCORECARD: DC 10-9
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision (30-27X3).
Is everybody sufficiently cooled down now?
HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MAIN EVENT
Heavyweight Championship Bout: Champ Cain Velasquez (241) vs. Junior dos Santos (240)
ROUND ONE: JDS stuns Velasquez right at the jump! They are swinging and Velasquez goes for a takedown. JDS is on his feet. Velasquez has him against the fence. Velasquez backs off but keeps him circling against the fence. They tie up again. Knee to the body from Cain. They trade shots to the face. Cain tries to take him down again. Cain tackles him to the mat. Cain looks to pass but he's eating some shots from JDS. He works from half guard. JDS gets to his knees. He's back on his feet. Cain stays stuck to him. Cain will not let JDS get a breath or some space. Big uppercut from Cain. More dirty boxing from Cain. Knee from JDS. JDS attempts a Thai plumb but Cain won't give him space.
SCORECARD: Velasquez 10-9
ROUND TWO: JDS is jabbing. Cain lands a few hard, straight punches. JDS is brought down but gets right back up. Cain lays in some knees. Cain backs up throws a series of punches at JDS but JDS is able to dodge some of them. Cain lands a jab. He ties him again. JDS has no answer for Cain at this point. Cain charges him again. JDS gets a takedown and Cain falls on his face! Cain bounces back and presses him against the fence. He continues to batter him against the fence. JDS is looking to land one big shot. Cain lands a hook but takes a big shot as the round ends.
SCORECARD: Velasquez 10-9
ROUND THREE: JDS lands again with the right. JDS pulls away but eats a left from Cain. Short punches from JDS in the clinch while Cain knees him in the legs. Elbow from JDS but he powers through it. More knees from Cain. JDS lands a knee. Big right from JDS. Cain keeps pressing him agains the fence. The fans are booing. JDS circles away. Big right from Cain and DOWN GOES JDS! JDS gets back to his feet and Cain smashes him again! Cain is working him over against the fence! JDS narrowly dodges a kick to the face. JDS is pretty much out on his feet! He can barely keep his hands up. Cain keeps wailing on him!
SCORECARD: Velasquez 10-9
ROUND FOUR: JDS comes forward and immediately backs right up into the cage. Here we go again...Cain throws a series of punches and JDS is surviving on pure instinct. JDS swings for the fences but he doesn't connect. Velasquez landed nearly 300 strikes to JDS' 60. JDS has absorbed everything Cain has thrown at him. Kick to the body from Cain. Uppercut from JDS. They briefly pause to check his eye. It hasn't popped out yet so we're good to go. Elbow from JDS. Cain eats another as he holds him against the fence again. Another short elbow from JDS. JDS lands a few hooks. Knee to the body from JDS.
SCORECARD: Velasquez 10-9
ROUND FIVE: JDS keeps on swinging for that hail Mary punch! Cain takes him down. Cain moves him to the fence. Two lefts from Cain. Cain peppers him with rights. Cain tries to swing him down. JDS pushes off and lands an elbow. Knee in the clinch from JDS. Big right from Cain. JDS tries for a guillotine but loses it immediately, falling face first. Cain smashes him again and Herb Dean stops him from getting potential brain damage. Fin.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION – Cain Velasquez by TKO at 3:09 of round 5.
All the credit in the world to Cain. He fought his fight. They are both warriors.
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