UFC 166: Velasquez Stops dos Santos, Melendez Outscores Sanchez in Instant Classic
By FCF Staff
Here are the results from tonight’s UFC 166 card in Houston, Texas, which saw Cain Velasquez retain the heavyweight championship, by stopping Junior dos Santos in the fifth round.
Although dos Santos was able to defend more of the champion’s takedowns, than in their second meeting last December, Velasquez outscored the noted striker throughout much of the fight.
In the fifth round, a battered and desperate dos Santos went for a choke, but slipped to the mat and hit his head. Velasquez jumped on the opportunity and finished the stunned heavyweight with follow up strikes.
While the main event featured plenty of memorable moments, the night’s most thrilling bout was between lightweights Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez. Melendez outscored Sanchez throughout the first two rounds, but the latter came out wildly firing in round three, and the two went at it for five minutes non stop.
Although Sanchez dropped Melendez at one point, it was too little too late, and the former Strikeforce champ emerged with the UD win.
In the co-main-event, Daniel Cormier’s athleticism and wrestling was too much for noted slugger Roy Nelson, and the AKA fighter worked his way to a UD victory. Cormier also announced afterwards, as expected, that he is moving to light-heavyweight.
Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (punches) 3:09, R5
Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via KO (strikes) 1:33, R1
John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via KO (punch) 4:13, R1
Tim Boetsch def. C.B. Dollaway via split decision (30-26, 27-29, 30-26)
Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt via KO (strikes) 1:48, R1
Jessica Eye def. Sarah Kaufman via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
K.J. Noons def. George Sotiropoulos via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,30-27)
Adlan Amagov def. T.J. Waldburger via KO (strikes) 3:45, R1
Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio via submission (D’arce Choke) 1:52, R1
Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen via TKO (strikes) 0:53, R2
Kyogi Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague via TKO (strikes) 3:51, R2