The UFC Heavyweight belt was on the line Saturday when Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos entered the octagon to complete their trilogy. With each fighter having won and taken the belt from the other and each fighter winning in drastically different fashions, Dos Santos winning in the 1st fight with a very quick KO, and Velasquez winning the rematch in a five round one sided beating.
Saturday night Velasquez walked in to the Octagon in the Toyota center to a roaring crowd of 17,000 plus strong all on its feet in ovation for the Champion Velasquez. More than 1,500 miles away from home Velasquez was able to enjoy a home field advantage over the Brazilian Dos Santos. The fight was more like their 2nd fight, in that Velasquez was able to pretty much handle the former champion and stay away from really damaging power shots. Velasquez used his superior cardio, wrestling skills and mix in his boxing to frustrate and smother Dos Santos. Going in to the 5th round Dos Santos could barely see out of his eyes and was breathing very deeply and 3 minutes and 9 seconds in Velasquez was able end the fight after tossing Dos Santos to the ground which affectively ended the fight, capping off a GREAT night of fights.
Dos Santos before the fight said Velasquez hit like a girl and while he might have believed that, his face and body will say other words. UFC President Dana White said post fight before the fight was eventually stopped he hopped someone the doctor, the referee, Dos Santos’s corner would end the fight. With the rubber match complete it’s clear Velasquez IS MUCH better than Dos Santos and while these two guys could eventually see each other again, it won’t be any time soon. The Heavyweight belt could be on the line superbowl weekend with Velasquez defending his belt against Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Fabricio Werdum.
Main card (PPV)
Heavyweight – Cain Velasquez (c) def. Junior dos Santos – TKO (slam and punches) 5rd (3:09)
Heavyweight – Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson – Decision (unanimous)
Lightweight – Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez – Decision (unanimous)
Heavyweight – Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan – TKO (punches) 1rd (1:33)
Flyweight – John Dodson def. Darrell Montague – KO (punches) 1rd (4:13)
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Middleweight – Tim Boetsch def. C.B. Dollaway – Decision (split) (30-26, 27-29, 30-26)
Welterweight – Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt – KO (punches) 1rd (1:48)
Women’s Bantamweight – Jessica Eye def. Sarah Kaufman – Decision (split)
Lightweight – KJ Noons def. George Sotiropoulos – Decision (unanimous)
Preliminary card (Facebook/Youtube)
Welterweight – Adlan Amagov def. TJ Waldburger – KO (punches) 1rd (3:00)
Lightweight – Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio – Submission (d’arce choke) 1rd (1:52)
Catchweight (148.5 lbs) – Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen – TKO (punches) 2rd (0:53)
Bantamweight – Kyoji Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague – TKO (punches) 2rd (3:51)
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