Tonight’s fight card is one of the “BANG-iest” line-up of fights for 2012 (well, second only to “UFC 148: Silva Vs Sonnen 2″) which is culminated in the main event between current champion, Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos, and former champion, Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight crown in a rematch of their short confrontation.
In their road to success, both fighters have summed up a total of 14 finishes (13 by way of KO/TKO) out of a combined 17 matches within the UFC. Both have their own version of octagon dominance (Velasquez with his grinding on the mat; Dos Santos with his concussive knock out power), but according to both combatants, they didn’t perform to the best of their abilities as injuries in training prevented both from executing their 100 percent during their initial encounter.
While Velasquez kept in the pocket striking, he was hesitant to engage in the clinch and go for the takedown to do his usual tenacious rabid dog-like attack on a downed prey. Dos Santos, on the other hand, tried keeping his distance and waited for the perfect opportunity to quickly end the fight. Luckily for the latter, his technique and strategy paid off which garnered him the championship belt.
Following their match, the UFC set up an all heavyweight card which involved both fighters in the main and co-main event bouts. Just like they were prior to their 2011 championship match, both Dos Santos and Velasquez demolished their opponents with flying colors… which led to their rematch tonight.
Could it be that these two warriors are each other’s immovable object and unstoppable force?
Should they be in their top form, I guarantee that this fight will end badly for someone: a knock out finish for Dos Santos; while a nasty ground beating for Velasquez. Either way, this rematch will be a fight I wouldn’t dare miss and if Velasquez regains his title, a third meeting would be epic.
If the main event didn’t get you excited enough, well the co-main event between Jim Miller and Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon will surely get your thirst for violent melee going as both have cumulated 15 fight bonuses (5 Fight of the Night Awards, 9 Submission of the Night Awards, and 1 Knock Out of the Night Award) which simply means that both these guys will enter the cage with only thoughts of trying to kill the other and trying to end the fight with the blood-thirsty audience clamoring for more. Both have been rocked and on the verge of losing a match, but have miraculously pull off with the win after subconsciously locking in a submission maneuver. This simply means that even if they’re badly wounded or if the tides seem to be against their favor, they won’t go out without a fight; a fight they intend on finishing if given the right window of opportunity to capitalize.
Just like Joe Rogan says, “This will be a barn burner from the start!”
Also, we get to see the return of Chris “The Crippler” Leben back in action (after being reinstated from a year-long suspension) against Derek Brunson as well as Todd Duffee who returns to the UFC (after being released from the company in 2010) to face Phil De Fries. It’s deja vu all over again as Melvin Guillard gets ready to bang against Jamie Varner from their previously scheduled fight date which was moved to this year-ender card. Lastly, the main event for the prelims on FX between Brad Pickett and Eddie Wineland spells fireworks before the new year enters.
Enjoy the fights, guys!
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CHRIS CARIASO (14W-3L) (125LBS) VS JOHN MORAGA (11W-1L) (126LBS)
Moraga pushes the fight to the side of the fence at 1:55, but Cariaso defends well and pushes the fight back to the center of the cage.
Cariaso keeps with his low kick.
Moraga counters which puses Cariaso to back off.
Cariaso starts the round with a barrage of strikes in successive combinations, but Moraga checks all of them with a ready counter at hand.
Cariaso enters with a right hook then ties it up at 3:48 then pushes up against the cage.
Moraga pushes Cariaso against the cage, and pushes Cariaso and follows it up with a right as he breaks away!
As Cariaso continues with his low kicks and kicks to the midsection, Moraga counters and catches.
Moraga catches Cariaso’s leg kick at 1:58 and counters with a right!
Cariaso backs up a bit and returns with another combination.
Moraga times a counter at 1:24 as Cariaso pressed forward and Cariaso is thrown to the mat,but gets back up soon after.
Cariaso counters with a left as Moraga came forward at 0:25 which is followed by a forceful takedown at 0:18.
Nice way to end the round.
Cariaso uses his usual series of kicks in the opening minute.
Moraga fires with his punches!
Moraga holds onto Cariaso’s head up against the wall at 4:01!
Moraga holds on to Cariaso’s neck and tries for a standing front choke!
Moraga turns Cariaso against the fence, forces Cariaso to crouch, innovates his hold for a D’arse choke, to which Cariaso taps!
Final Result === John Moraga DEFEATS Chris Cariaso via SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) in the 3rd Round (Official Time of Stoppage: 1 minute, 11 seconds)
LEONARD GARCIA (19W-9L-1D) (146LBS) VS MAX HOLLOWAY (6W-1L) (145LBS)
Holloway uses his reach to keep Garcia from entering with his knock out power.
Garcia uses a haymaker at 3:38 that Holloway retreats from.
Holloway clips and rocks Garcia at 3:28 which drops the latter to the mat, but shortly gets up after.
Garcia throws a relentless overhead right at 2:31, but misses Holloway’s head just inches away.
Garcia connects with a powerful right at 1:43 that hurts and forces Holloway to back off!
Nice spinning back kick from Holloway at 1:08!
Holloway connects with a left counter after Garcia uses a combination at 0:46, but just eats it!
Garcia has reverted back to his brawler ways and threatens Holloway with his scary haymakers!
Holloway turns around for a spinning back kick to the liver at 4:48, but Garcia partially defends it.
Holloway connects with his jab combination as the first minute closes, but Garcia’s chin proves to be sturdy enough.
Holloway fires away with his combinations, but Garcia shoots for a takedown and gets it at 3:10.
Holloway gets back on his feet with Garcia pressing against the cage.
Holloway escapes and the fight resets at the center of the cage at 2:20.
Holloway keeps up with his technical striking as Garcia fires away with his swinging right which seems to want to take Holloway’s head off!
With less than a minute, Garcia starts puffing out loud which sounds like he’s getting his energy from!
Garcia ties the fight in the clinch at 0:33, but Holloway throws the former away and back in the pocket they go.
Garcia seems more confident in this round with the signature Garcia puffs with every punch thrown.
Holloway tries picking his shots with each of Garcia’s barrages.
Garcia keeps his forward pace while Holloway tries defending the onslaught from the former.
At 2:50, both engage and just carelessly throw both arms swinging!
Garcia ties up and gets the fight to the ground at 2:15!
Holloway goes for a kimura submission, but Garcia gets his arm out of the trouble.
Garcia is unable to punish Holloway on the ground as the latter gets back up on his feet.
Holloway is evidently tired out with his jaw wide open gasping for air.
Holloway slips backward at 0:14 and Garcia dives in for some ground and pound.
Holloway gets a triangle choke in, but Garcia wraps his arms around Holloway, lifts him up, and slams Holloway right before the fight ends.
Final Result === Leonard Garcia DEFEATS Max Holloway via SPLIT DECISION (29-28 = Holloway; 29-28 = Garcia; 29-28 = Holloway
PHIL DE FRIES (9W-1L-1NC) (245LBS) VS TODD DUFFEE (7W-2L) (249LBS)
Duffee launches with an inside leg kick as De Fries came in for a body clinch.
Duffee fires with a blitz attack mixing it up with punches and kicks.
De Fries defends and gets Duffee to the mat!
As Duffee tried getting up, De Fries attacks with successful strikes to the head!
The two break away and back in the pocket they go.
At the center of the cage, Duffee connects with two uppercuts that forces De Fries to back up at 3:11!
Duffee moves in for the kill with a combination that starts out with a powerful right that rocks De Fries and falls down on his butt with the referee jumping in to save the latter.
Final Result === Todd Duffee DEFEATS Phil De Fries via TKO (PUNCHES) in the 1st Round (Official Time of Stoppage: 2 minutes, 4 seconds)
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MICHAEL JOHNSON (13W-6L) (154LBS) VS MYLES JURY (10W-0L) (155LBS)
Jury throws a front kick, but Johnson blocks it at 4:30.
Jury slightly connects with a head kick at 4:02.
The crowd start booing with both fighters not fully committing to attacking the other.
Jury gets Johnson to the mat at 3:16 after faking a jab.
Both scramble on the canvass with Jury on the aggressive with a series of punches at the 2:00 mark while side-mounted over Johnson.
Jury stops his attack and tries getting a better position on side control or half-guard.
Jury softens Johnson up further with some painful ground and pound.
Jury gets side control at 0:25 then moves to full mount followed by getting Johnson’s back and locks a rear-naked choke!
With not enough time, Johnson is saved by the horn as the round ends.
Both check each other’s strategy in the first minute of the round.
Great head kick that connects to Johnson’s head at 3:49 by Jury!
Jury seems to be more relaxed by moving in and out with his crisp shots.
Jury catches Johnson’s low kick at 2:40 and gets the single-leg takedown and onto the full-guard goes Jury.
Jury stands up and tries posturing up at 1:49 to land some elevated punches.
Jury dives back in, resets to posture and changes his mode of attack to elbows instead.
Johnson tries attacking off his back with short elbows of his own, but Jury punishes his downed opponent more with ground and pound.
On desperation mode, Johnson clips Jury at 4:55 and continues his forward attack!
Jury feels the pressure, ties the fight against the cage, and gets the trip on Johnson with the former on top at 4:23!
Jury tries going for the full mount from half-guard, but instead goes for side control and tries for a kimura submission!
Jury lets it go and rains punches.
Johnson uses his legs to push himself off the wall, but Jury traps him down to the canvass and punishes his prey from getting back up.
Jury tries sneaking to Johnson’s back by softening him up with ill-intent strikes.
Johnson looks to get the guillotine choke and lets it go for Jury’s jiu-jitsu is phenomenal.
Johnson seems to have shut down with Jury’s untiring pace.
Final Result === Myles Jury DEFEATS Michael Johnson via UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27; 30-27; 30-27)
MELVIN GUILLARD (47W-12L-3D-1NC) (155LBS) VS JAMIE VARNER (20W-7L-1D-2NC) (155LBS)
Nice leg kick from Guillard as Varner moved in at 4:43.
Another nice leg kick from Guillard at 4:19.
Both have a feel for each other and just stand in front of each other with the occasional leg kick or jab to break the silence.
Guillard starts the attack with a forward press with a combination that Varner defends well against the cage and breaks away with a knee to Guillard’s chin.
Guillard keeps with his leg kicks and an apparent redness is evident on Varner’s left front leg.
Varner connects with a left hook at 1:20.
Varner goes for a single-leg takedown, but Guillard stuffs it.
Varner pours it out from 0:23 until the horn, but before that locks a seated front choke with not enough time to finish Guillard.
Nice duck under Guillard’s punches that is met with a beautiful counter right from Varner at 4:51!
Varner gets Guillard down to the mat!
A scramble takes place, Guillard tries running away, but Varner gets his back!
Guillard throws and drags Varner to the mat and locks a guillotine!
Varner keeps collected and gets back up with ease.
After some exchanges and leg kicks from Guillard, Varner gets the fight to the mat at 2:20.
Varner tries mounting, but Guillard uses the cage to get back up and resumes his leg-chopping tactic.
Wonderful right swing from Varner at 1:11!
Accidental groin kick from Varner that pauses the match at 0:39 after Guillard switches his stance.
Both throw some more punches and kicks before the horn sounds.
Guillard comes forward right away with a flying knee at 4:54, but Varner blocks it.
Varner moves forward and sets up a combination followed by a takedown at 4:18 and gets it.
Varner locks in a Peruvian necktie, but Guillard escapes and lands in Varner’s full guard.
Varner gets back up at 3:03 and gets Guillard back to the ground at 2:54.
Varner finally gets to land some points with his ground and pound damage.
Guillard gets back up at 2:04 and they reset at the center of the cage.
Varner times his takedown at 1:49 after Guillard goes for a combination.
Guillard attempts an armbar!
Varner pulls his arm out of danger, but Guillard reverses positions and lands on side control.
Varner gets his reversal and the dominant position!
They get back up and fire away!
The two get tangled and a wrestling match takes place!
Guillard goes over Varner’s back and tries locking a reverse neck choke / head scissors with his legs, but Varner sits on Guillard!
This allows Guillard to lock Varner’s head as he tried going for an armbar again, but not enough time as the horn sounds off.
What a fight!
Final Result === Jamie Varner DEFEATS Melvin Guillard via SPLIT DECISION (30-27 = Varner; 30-27 = Guillard; 30-27 = Varner)
ERIK PEREZ (12W-4L) (136LBS) VS BYRON BLOODWORTH (6W-2L) (136LBS)
Big overhand right by Bloodworth which is reciprocated by a multitude of counters from Perex in the opening seconds of the round.
Perez pushes the fight up against the cage with knees softening Bloodworth who also takes his turn in punishing the former against the fence.
Perez hurts Bloodworth with a strong knee to the body that makes him fall to the mat in pain at 3:27!
Perez works his ground and pound in Bloodworth’s full guard.
Perez overwhelms Bloodworth with downward elbows right through the middle of the latter’s defense at 1:50.
Bloodworth gets cut at 1:18 with a right downward elbow from Perez which is followed by the former turtling up awaiting the referee to save him.
Final Result === Erik Perez DEFEATS Byron Bloodworth via TKO (PUNCHES) in the 1st Round (Official Time of Stoppage: 3 minutes, 50 seconds)
BRAD PICKETT (23W-6L) (136LBS) VS EDDIE WINELAND (19W-8L-1D) (135LBS)
Wineland immediately runs to the center of the cage.
Pickett ducks and fires with a overhead left at 4:27!
Windeland connects with his second right counter as Pickett tried moving forward at 4:00.
Big uppercut left by Wineland at 3:08 that drops Pickett to one knee!
Pickett recovers, but bleeds from his lip as Wineland tees off with his fancy footwork.
Wineland clips Pickett with another right counter at 1:59 that drops Pickett yet again to one knee then gets back to his feet!
Pickett resorts to his wrestling and attempts a takedown at 1:26 to which Wineland defends against.
Pickett’s face is red from all the exchanges from Wineland.
Pickett connects to the body at 0:19.
Successful left hook from Pickett at 4:30.
Wineland sneaks in with a right uppercut in the exchange at 4:00.
Nice head movement and footwork from Wineland that keeps Pickett from figuring out where to attack.
Pickett doesn’t connect with any of his combinations and resorts to leg kicks to which Wineland either checks or gets his leg from receiving any damage.
Nice right short uppercut from Wineland again at 1:17.
Big superman punch at 0:53 from Wineland and gets out of Pickett’s counter.
Wineland seems to be bleeding from his right eye.
Pickett connects with two successful rights before the horn sounds which ends the round.
Significant looping right from Wineland at 4:44.
Pickett jabs his way in to clinch, but Wineland’s speed to get in and out of the former’s range is a factor that’s keeping this fight to Wineland’s advantage.
Wineland is now bleeding along the bridge of his nose.
Pickett utilizes his leg kicks more which seems to be more effective as against his punches.
Nice counter right from Wineland at 2:01!
Wineland tries for a takedown at 1:41, but Pickett defends against it and pushes the aggressor away.
Wineland seems to be limping a bit from all the leg kicks.
Pickett seems to be more aggressive by dishing out more shots than Wineland in the last minute of this match.
Wineland executes a beautiful 3-punch combo as the horn sounds off.
Final Result === Eddie Wineland DEFEATS Brad Pickett via SPLIT DECISION (30-27 = Wineland; 29-28 = Pickett; 30-27 = Wineland)
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CHRIS LEBEN (22W-8L) (185LBS) VS DEREK BRUNSON (9W-2L) (185LBS)
Brunson starts with a takedown at 4:33 after unsuccessful kicks and punches.
While Brunson tries to get a more dominant position in Leben’s full guard, Leben almost gets a triangle choke.
Brunson lifts Leben and slightly slams him to the mat and creates an opening to side control.
Leben almost gets back up, but Brunson moves in to prevent Leben from getting up.
Brunson gets an almost complete arm triangle!
Leben tries scrambling and tries avoiding the submission from locking by giving his back.
Leben escapes danger, but Brunson stays on his opponent and pours more ground and pound shots.
Finally, Leben gets back up at 0:24, but with Brunson still clasped around his body.
Leben Thai clinches Brunson’s head and connects with a knee before the horn sounds off.
Brunson uses his supreme wrestling and tries for a takedown at 4:30, but Leben stuffs it and leans against the cage to defend the attack.
Leben connects with a short shovel uppercut at 3:50, but Brunson dives forward and gets a power double at 3:44.
Brunson tries for a guillotine choke as Leben was getting up, but the former’s looks really tired to complete the submission.
They both get back up with Brunson looking sloppy and gassed at the halfway mark.
Brunson resorts to his grappling by clinching at 1:27 against the cage, but is unable to do any form of damage on Leben who looks to capitalize on Brunson’s poor conditioning.
Brunson tries imposing some form of aggressive attack, but Leben sees right through his opponent’s fatigue and moves forward.
Brunson gets the double-leg takedown at 4:02 and tries keeping Leben on the mat.
Leben muscles his way up at 3:23.
After a few exchanges, Brunson looks for another takedown at 2:34 to which Leben sprwals against.
Leben to be headhunting, but isn’t really getting the job done in hurting the other.
Brunson tries his luck again at another takedown at 1:38, but Leben sprawls.
With less than a minute remaining into the fight, Leben connects with two successful lefts, but Brunson sees an opening and gets Leben to the ground at 0:49!
Leben, again, muscles his way up and back on their feet they go, but nothing significant happens as the horn sounds off and signifies the end of the fight.
Final Result === Derek Brunson DEFEATS Chris Leben via UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28 = Brunson)
YUSHIN OKAMI (28W-7L) (184LBS) VS ALAN BELCHER (17W-5L) (186LBS)
Belcher moves lightly with his speedy footwork and sneaks in and out with his strikes; while Okami looks a little flat-footed in the exchange.
Belcher slips after throwing a high kick which is countered with Okami’s left at 3:43.
Belcher quickly jumps back up, but is shortly introduced to the side of the cage with Okami pressing against him.
Belcher outside trips Okami and locks a guillotine!
Belcher loses it with Okami in the former’s full guard.
Okami uses a shoulder strike at 1:39 and goes for side control… and gets it.
Okami tries pounding on Belcher’s body.
Belcher reaches for Okami’s leg and gets on one knee while leaning against the cage.
Okami presses forward with a 1-2-1 combination at 4:43 followed by a clinch against the cage.
Belcher trips Okami once again and locks another guillotine!
Okami pops his head out again with Okami on top of his half guard.
Okami smothers Belcher with his shoulder against the latter’s neck.
Okami moves to side control at 2:39, but the referee quickly resets the fight to their feet! What the…?
Okami presses Belcher against the cage looking for a single-leg takedown after executing a 1-2 combination at 1:57.
Okami gets Belcher’s back and drags the latter to the mat at 1:23.
Belcher turns around with Okami in his half guard.
Belcher’s heavily breathing from the relentless ground control.
The referee resets the fighters, but nothing great happens in their exchanges.
Belcher connects with a right that drops Okami to a knee at 4:47!
Okami gets back up and tries tying up the fight in the clinch against the cage.
Okami tries bringing the fight to where he was successful, but Belcher reverses and lands on full mount on top of Okami!
Okami gets back up, but his head is in danger of a guillotine.
Okami carefully defends and gets Belcher back on the mat with the former’s head out of danger of a guillotine.
Okami gets the full mount position at 1:54!
Okami punishes Belcher with ground and pound, shoulder strikes, and continuous smothering!
Belcher gives up his back and Okami sinks in the leg hooks and the body triangle mixed in with heavy strikes as the horn sounds off.
Final Result === Yushin Okami DEFEATS Alan Belcher via UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27; 30-27; 29-28 = Okami)
TIM BOETSCH (16W-4L) (186LBS) VS COSTA PHILIPPOU (11W-2L-1NC) (186LBS)
Boetsch drops down for a takedown, pushes forward up against the fence, but Philippou stuffs it at 4:43 and striking within the clinch both fighters go.
Boestch successfully gets Philippou to the mat at 3:57, but the latter leans on the cage to get back up and does!
Boetsch uses dirty boxing, but Philippou escapes at 3:02 and reset they go.
Nice inside leg kick by Boetsch at 2:42.
Philippou tries his luck with an combo of his own, but Boetsch counters by moving forward with a series of punches.
Perfectly timed right uppercut by Philippou that snaps Boetsch’s head up!
Boetsch works through it and gets a double-leg takedown at 1:24.
They are reset by the referee.
Philippou connects with tremendous power punches, but Boetsch eats them!
Boetsch knocks Philippou down with a right front kick as the horn sounds off.
Philippou misses with a spinning back kick that Boetsch uses to push forward and clinch up against the cage at 4:35.
Big knee from Boetsch after Thai clinching Philippou’s head at 4:02.
With an accidental collision of heads, Boetsch seems to be cut open right smack at the center of his forehead.
Boetsch seems to have also broken his right forearm based on his corner’s instructions during the break.
Philippou accidentally pokes his opponent’s eye which pauses the fight.
The fight resumes.
Boetsch shoots for a takedown at 1:50, but Philippou sprawls which lands the latter in the half guard position on the mat.
Philippou moves back and forth to full and half guard to land serious damage with his ground and pound.
Boetsch is a bloody mess!
Deep shot by Boetsch at 4:30, but Philippou sees it and sprawls and lands in his half guard.
Philippou lands more ground and pound and lets the fight back up.
After the break up, Boetsch’s face is all bloodied up badly!
Boetsch tries going for another takedown, but Philippou sprawls again and does the same tactic of punishment on the ground.
Philippou continues with his unrelenting punches to which the referee steps in to save Boetsch from further damage.
Final Result === Costa Philippou DEFEATS Tim Boetsch via TKO (PUNCHES) in the 3rd Round (Official Time of Stoppage: 2 minutes, 11 seconds)
JIM MILLER (21W-4L) (156LBS) VS JOE LAUZON (22W-7L) (156LBS)
Both fighters try setting up some form of striking offense in the opening 30 seconds of the round.
Lauzon trips as he was moving forward at 4:01 to which MIller corners Lauzon and launches a salvo of unanswered strikes!
They break, but re-engage again with Miller more aggressive and with more significant strikes!
Miller clinches Lauzon’s head and fires with a multitude of elbows that cuts the latter wide open!
Miller goes for a standing arm triangle, but Lauzon escapes!
The referee pauses the fight to have the doctor check Lauzon’s cut!
They both press forward after they reset and I can’t keep up with the number of attacks each are giving one another!
Lauzon connects with a strong knee to Miller’s midsection that hurts him!
This fight is not for the weak of heart with the amount of blood in the ring!
Miller gets a takedown at 4:32 and seems like a man possessed with his strikes!
Miller works his ground and pound in Lauzon’s full guard.
Miller moves to half guard, Lauzon tries exploding, but Miller capitalizes and full mounts at 2:50.
Lauzon explodes again and forces Miller to work in half guard.
Miller’s poor ground control allows Lauzon to turn the tables with the latter on top of the mat game.
The referee pauses the fight at 1:35 due to some loose tape on Lauzon’s glove.
After cutting the excess tape, the fight resumes.
Miller uses a rubber guard to which Lauzon lifts and slams MIller to the canvass.
Finally, Lauzon gets a chance to rain some elbows, but switches to a knee bar!
Because of the blood, Miller slips his leg out!
Lauzon tries for a front choke, but the horn sounds and stops the round!
What a fight!
Lauzon trips to Miller’s inside leg kick at 4:49, but they resume the exchange in the pocket.
Miller looks tired, but uses another inside leg kick that trips Lauzon to the ground again.
Miller allows Lauzon to get back up and back to the tireless swinging they go!
Lauzon’s cut on both eyes now!
The referee signals the cutman to prepare the scissors as he seems to pause the fight again to cut loose tape on Lauzon’s glove.
Nice knee to the body by Lauzon that sends Miller backing up!
Miller re-engages, clinches Lauzon’s head, and connects with uppercuts and short punches!
Lauzon does the same!
Lauzon dives for an ankle lock or a heel hook at 0:28, loses it, and goes for a improvised guillotine using head scissors as the horn sounds!
The crowd goes bananas with this performance from both fighters!
WHAT A FIGHT!!!
Final Result === Jim Miller DEFEATS Joe Lauzon via UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28; 29-28; 29-28 = Miller)
**MAIN EVENT === HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH**
JUNIOR DOS SANTOS (15W-1L) (239LBS) VS CAIN VELASQUEZ (10W-1L) (240LBS)
Velasquez extends his front jab to cut the distance.
Velasquez gets a single-leg takedown TWICE, but Dos Santos gets right back up!
Nice left jab by Velasquez at 4:09!
Velasquez on stalker mode trying to bring this fight to the mat!
Velasquez gets Dos Santos’s legs or ankles at a short period of time, but Dos Santos just runs away and pulls his legs away.
Nice uppercut by Dos Santos at 3:39!
Dos seems to have slowed down as Velasquez keeps the pressure up against the fence or anywhere else in the cage at 2:23.
Dos Santos muscles out of the cage pressure, but is being worn down with Velasquez’s pressure!
Velasquez hurts Dos Santos and falls to both knees at 1:22!
Velasquez continuously mauls Dos Santos and succeeds in grinding Dos Santos and finally brings the fight to the mat!
This is the worst anyone’s done to Dos Santos!
Dos Santos looked to finish the fight with his patented uppercut, but Velasquez evades it, clinches, and lifts him to the air and slams him to the ground with ground and pound for dessert!
Dos Santos gets back up even at a weakened state, but Velasquez shoots again and gets the takedown!
Dos Santos gets back up again, but at 3:12, Velasquez gets the fight back down again!
Velasquez is attacking with a vengeance!
Velasquez gets Dos Santos planted onto the mat at 2:40!
Dos Santos gets back up but eats a knee as he gets up at 2:21!
Velasquez rag dolls Dos Santos to the canvass at 1:57!
Velasquez goes for an armbar at 1:32 and Dos Santos pulls his arm out!
Dos Santos almost had the chance to do some ground and pound, but Velasquez pushes the fight up against the cage to do some dirty boxing inside the clinch!
Dos Santos’s face is all swollen up!
Zero offense from Dos Santos and looks to have no power left for the champion!
Nice uppercut from Dos Santos at 4:55, but Velasquez walks right through it!
Velasquez seemed to have been hurt with a right from Dos Santos, but the former goes for a power double and gets the takedown at 4:32.
Dos Santos gets back up with Velasquez still latched onto his body.
They momentarily break away at 3:32, but Velasquez stays on his prey like glue!
Velasques takes a step back and connects with a strong straight left at 3:13 which forces Dos Santos to lean against the fence!
Back goes Velasquez with his patient and painful punches in the clinch.
Velasquez puts on a boxing clinic against the weakened Dos Santos who’s resting against the cage at 1:52.
Dos Santos has nothing left, but is trying to get something going.
Velasquez gets Dos Santos down to one knee using a whizzer at 0:59.
They get back up with Dos Santos relying on the fence to keep him from falling.
Dos Santos clips Velasquez, but walks right through it!
Velasquez goes for a single, but fails then moves to strike with a head kick which Dos Santos checks.
Dos Santos connects with a left shot to the body.
Velasquez gets another double-leg takedown at 3:59, but Dos Santos crawls his way back up.
Amazingly, Dos Santos seems to be taking Velasquez to the mat, but the latter gets the upper hand and gets the champion to the mat at 3:01.
Dos Santos, showing a lot of heart, gets back up and absorbs any and all punishment from Velasquez!
Velasquez presses Dos Santos against the cage and fires away with unanswered shots.
Dos Santos’s right eye is now shut.
Velasquez tries his luck with a single, but Dos Santos stuffs it at 4:32.
Velasquez keeps the pace.
Dos Santos connects with a powerful straight right at 3:43!
Velasquez still moves forward with his assault at the tired champion at the halfway mark of the 5th round.
Velasquez gets Dos Santos down with an inside trip.
Velasquez smothers Dos Santos with his ground and pound while in the latter’s half guard.
Dos Santos tries getting back on his with Velasquez still clasped around his back.
They both get back up and exchange damage up against the cage.
A head kick from Velasquez stings Dos Santos at 0:38!
As the 10-second clapper sounds, Velasquez keeps his dirty boxing and strikes inside the clinch!
A lot of crazy stuff has happened with the judges call, but it looks like Velasquez will now regain his title back!
Final Result === Cain Velasquez DEFEATS Junior Dos Santos via UNANIMOUS DECISION (50-45; 50-43; 50-44 = Velasquez)
Click on the video below to view the live streaming of the post-fight press conference after the all cards have been fought. The special bonuses for the night will be announced as well as what lies ahead for each fighter after what transpired tonight.
===AWARDS OF THE NIGHT (Each Fighter Wins $65,000 Each)===
**FIGHT OF THE NIGHT = JIM MILLER VERSUS JOE LAUZON**
**SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT = JOHN MORAGA**
**KNOCK OUT OF THE NIGHT = TODD DUFFEE**
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