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UFC 166: Velasquez vs Dos Santos III Play-By-Play & Live Fight Results

UFC 166: Velasquez vs Dos Santos III Play-By-Play & Live Fight Results

October 19, 2013– The Octagon arrives in Houston, Texas for UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III, where Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos will meet for a third time. In the first fight, Dos Santos landed a haymaker that brought a knockout just 64-seconds into the opening round. Velasquez dished him five rounds of relentless punishment in their rematch late last year.

Another heavyweight matchup between Roy Nelson and Daniel Cormier unravels right before the Velasquez-Dos Santos trilogy. Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez are also set to square off at 155 pounds.

There are also some free preliminary bouts in addition to the main card on Pay-Per-View, which are set to begin @ 6:00 p.m ET/3:00 p.m PT on Facebook/Youtube. Then, the remainder of the prelims will shift to Fox Sports 1 and will begin around @ 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1. The PPV card will get underway @ 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT

Main Card (PPV)

– Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos:

Round One: Both fighters look intense as they make their way to the Octagon ready to seal this trilogy. They meanmug in the center of the cage and Dos Santos looks like he’s ready to rush Velasquez. Big left hand from Dos Santos and more follow. Velasquez wobbles and Dos Santos hurts him again. Cain desperate to get a takedown here and gets off a right hand of his own. Dos Santos has already landed more than he did in the first fight. Cain separates and they trade punches on the fence. The action goes back to the middle and Dos Santos falls down as he goes for a kick to the head. Velasquez gets Dos Santos down and starts working ground strikes from half guard. Dos Santos tries to roll out and Velasquez is on his back. Dos Santos finds his way back to his feet and Velasquez is on him like glue. Velasquez now trying to trip Dos Santos and releases to land a few solid punches to the head of Dos Santos. Knees to the body by Cain and he’s not letting Dos Santos get the space needed to land something big. Round ends with Dos Santos going for a spin kick as they break. Round ends.

Round Two: Cain keeps the pressure on and holds Dos Santos up against the cage. Cain backs away to land some punches and Dos Santos has his hands down while slipping every punch. Some time is spent in the center before Velasquez drives Dos Santos into the fence and returns to working short shots. Dos Santos throws Velasquez down and jumps over his back but Cain stays on him and the face of Dos Santos is already starting to show the wear of girly punches. Velasquez backs off and Dos Santos uses his moment to try to land a right hand but Velasquez has him back against the fence in an instant. Dos Santos lands a hard punch as the second round ends.

Round Three: Velasquez presses Dos Santos back on the fence and lands a few good rights. Dos Santos is bleeding from his nose and face now. Velasquez continues with short punches to the face in close. Velasquez drops Dos Santos and he’s flat on his back eating huge shots. Dos Santos somehow survives and gets back to his feet but he falls back down to the ground. Velasquez stays on him and doesn’t stop putting the pressure on him. Round ends with Dos Santos bleeding and swollen.

Round Four: Cain closes the distance and Dos Santos almost lands an uppercut. Velasquez separates and blasts Dos Santos with big punches against the cage before pushing him back into the fence. Big elbow from Velasquez in close. They break for a moment and Dos Santos lets off a left hook that grazes the head of Velasquez. More short punches in close from Velasquez and Dos Santos is bleeding all over the back of Velasquez. The ref steps in to get the doc to take a closer look at the cut on Dos Santos’ face. The action restarts and Velasquez unloads some right hands before pressing the challenger right back into the fence.

Round Five: Dos Santos lands a punch and Velasquez has him down and he’s in the guard. Dos Santos goes for a triangle that Cain shoos off. Dos Santos gets to his feet and Velasquez stays on him. Velasquez backs away and lets off a stiff jab followed by a right hand left hook. Velasquez fires off a right hand. Dos Santos goes for a guillotine and Velasquez flips out of it. Dos Santos looks to have landed on his head, and with the amount of damage already done, he can’t even get back to his feet. Velasquez pounces on him and the ref rescues Dos Santos from any unnecessary punishment.

Velasquez via TKO @ 3:09 of Round Five

– Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson:

Round One: Both fighters feeling it out and Cormier is circling around the outside to avoid the big punches Nelson is known to throw. Cormier drops for a single leg and puts Nelson down. Cormier controlling the head here and landing some good ground and pound while Nelson is looking to gain butterfly guard. Nelson up and Cormier brings it right back down. Cormier on the back and cracks him with a few punches to the side of the head. Nelson working for a standing kimura that Cormier fights out of and runs the pipe until he has Nelson on his ass again. Nelson now with his back up against the cage and Cormier backs off a bit to land some hard punches on the beard of Nelson.  Knees in close here for Cormier and one lands low. They reset in the center and Cormier chucks out a kick to the body. Nelson is stalking but he looks frozen. Nelson with an overhand and Cormier comes back with one of his own. More of the same from the two as the round ends. And those exchanges got the crowd going.

Round Two: Cormier fires off a kick to the leg of Nelson. Cormier puts together a right hand left hook. He repeats but this time he follows up with more punches and a level change. Cormier with Nelson against the fence and he backs off to land a huge right hand. Nelson covers up and Cormier reaches down for the legs. Nelson is down for a moment but he works back to his feet. Cormier pressing him against the cage here and lets go to land an uppercut followed by a left hook. They fight out of the clinch and Nelson is walking Cormier down but not really pulling the trigger like he does. Cormier with a one two and a front kick behind it. Left hook to the head and down to the body of Nelson and the round comes to an end.

Round Three: They start where they left off in the second. Cormier working more kicks now and Nelson is still looking a little frozen. Cormier with a right hand and Nelson takes it. Cormier repeats and begins firing off kicks to the body. Nelson now with a right hand and Cormier keeps going for kicks. Nelson now puts his hands down like he’s not just standing around eating shots, so Cormier just goes back to knocking his head around with big punches. Nelson had nothing for him all night.

Cormier via unanimous decision

– Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez:

Round One: Big reception for Sanchez and Melendez’s just about matches it. Sanchez comes out pushing the pace and catches a high kick from Melendez and takes him down. Diego is on his back now and Melendez stands up with Sanchez on his back. Sanchez almost has the choke locked in but he’s shaken off and Melendez rifles off some headshots and one to the body of Sanchez. Melendez getting the better of the stand up here and a weak shot from Sanchez is easily stuffed by Melendez. Sanchez tries a left hand up the middle and Melendez dodges it. Melendez pushing Sanchez across the cage and into the fence. They restart in the middle and Sanchez is bleeding from the left side of his face. Melendez lands a few strong punches to the gut of Sanchez. Sanchez responds with a body kick. They exchange before the end of the round and Melendez dropped him. Looked like Sanchez could have been saved by the bell.

Round Two: Melendez lands a right and a left behind it. Sanchez being mostly defensive here. Melendez catches Sanchez and Sanchez unloads with a flurry. The action stops for a second and Sanchez is checked up on by the doctor. He’s fine and the fight continues on. Melendez with a jab and a big right hand behind it. Sanchez slips as he goes for a kick and Melendez. Melendez continues to walk Sanchez down while battering his face with punches. Sanchez gets a quick takedown but Melendez gets right back to his feet and goes back to his boxing. Sanchez goes for a hail mary kick that whizzed by Melendez nose. Another kick from Sanchez is countered by a right hand by Melendez. Round ends with Sanchez gushing blood and Melendez looking fresh.

Round Three:  Both fighters exchange big shots just a minute into the final round and Melendez is blasting him with right hands. Sanchez is eating them like they’re nothing and fires back more crazy flurries of punches. Melendez is still getting the better of him and knocking his head back with punches. But we’ve seen this before with Sanchez and somehow he comes ou thee winner. Sanchez is gets the cut over his eye checked up on and it’s opened up some more. They reset and Sanchez drops Melendez with a left! Sanchez is all over him here and gets the back of Melendez. Melendez rolls out and Sanchez drops for a guillotine choke but Melendez is out of it immediately. They exchange the craziest punching exchanges for the rest of the fight and nobody falls down. Add this one to the fight of the year candidate.

Melendez via unanimous decision

– Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan:

Round One: Jordan fires off a leg kick and Gonzaga answers with one of his own. Jordan looks to be laying back and looking to counter punch. Gonzaga pawing his hands out there and another snapping kick behind it. Jordan moves in with a left and a right behind it, Gonzaga counters with a right hook and Jordan is down. The follow-up shots on the ground leave Jordan limp. No backflips here!!!

Gonzaga via knockout @ 1:33 of Round One

– John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague:

Round One: Flyweights get the pay per view action started. Dodson looking to come back from a loss in his title shot. Montague making his Octagon debut. Montague comes out southpaw and so is Dodson. Dodson fires a left over the top and Montague answers with a kick to the oustide leg. Dodson lunges in and it looked like Montague tagged Dodson with a strong left hook. Dodson backs off and Montague is now leading the dance. Dodson fakes a left and comes across with a right hook to the side of Montague’s head. Dodson still circling along the outside of the Octagon while Montague is walkig him down. Dodson wings a left and Montague answers with a hard kick to the leg of Dodson. Double jab followed by a straight left that drops Montague. Dodson swarms on him and Montague somehow survives. Montague returns to the center and about thirty seconds go by before he starts walking Dodson down again. Dodson lands an uppercut and a big left behind it plants Montague right on his face. No need for follow-up punches as Montague is already done.

Dodson via knockout @ 4:13 of Round One

Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)

– Tim Boetsch vs. C.B. Dollaway: Boetsch via split decision

– Nate Marquardt vs. Hector Lombard: Lombard via knockout @ 1:48 of Round One

– Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Eye: Eye via split decision

– George Sotiropoulos vs. KJ Noons: Noons via unanimous decision

Preliminary card (Facebook/Youtube)

– TJ Waldburger vs. Adlan Amagov: Amagov via Knockout @ 3:45 of Round One

– Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio: Fergusson via D’arce choke @ 1:52 of Round One

– Jeremy Larsen vs. Andre Fili: Fili via TKO @ :53 of Round Two

– Dustin Pague vs. Kyoji Horiguchi: Horiguchi via TKO @ 2:31 of Round Two

  • Dufresne says:

    Horiguchi made a hell of a UFC debut, but his sweep defense was a little questionable. Pague has a pretty solid chin to not be put to sleep with any of those shots. Horiguchi was throwing heat.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Hopefully Kaufmann just has a hell of a debut, after twice getting her debut cancelled itd suck if she didn’t

  • Dufresne says:

    Wow, Larsen’s face is a wreck. And Fili did this on less than two weeks notice.

  • Dufresne says:

    Fili cut from 178 lbs for this fight in 10 days? That does not sound healthy, even if he still missed weight by 2.5lbs.

  • Dufresne says:

    Diego is such a weird ass. But he’s definitely fun to watch.

  • Dufresne says:

    Is Mr. Miyagi in the front row?

  • Dufresne says:

    Ferguson has a slick jab.

  • Dufresne says:

    Very impressive performance by Ferguson. Love how he tied up the arm with his leg to keep Rio from being able to get move and create space.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Fili looked like a badass Ralph Macchio with that performance.

  • Dufresne says:

    Holy shit. Amagov is vicious.

  • Dufresne says:

    KJ Noons irritates me. Not 100% sure why, maybe it’s his stance, but i just don’t like the guy.

  • Dufresne says:

    Wow, I didn’t see that fight going for Eye even though she’s one of my favorite fighters. I thought Kaufman did enough to win that 29-28. Poor Kaufman just can’t catch a break these days.

  • Dufresne says:

    Please, please Tim. Knock the smirk off of Dolloway’s douchey little face. Please.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Lombard vs. Diaz?

    C’mon Nick… where you at?

  • Dufresne says:

    Lombard can be such a monster. Hopefully he can keep these kinds of performances coming. With his power and judo background, he could cause some major problems for the elite in the WW division.

    Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nate is released after this. He’s lost three in a row, two in a row by knockout, and I’m sure there’s still a bit of bad blood going back to him pulling out of a main event the day before back at UFC on Versus 4.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I expect Boetsch vs. Dolloway to be a really lame fight. Hope I’m wrong.

  • Dufresne says:

    Stabone, that is a beautiful idea. I don’t know if Diaz will go for it right now, but if Lombard wins another fight or two by knockout I think it might just interest him enough to bring him back.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Nate is 3-5 in his last 8 fights, and one of those wins was a gift from Paul Harris. Stick a fork in him.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Holy shite, Pedroia missed a 3-run homer by about a foot.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    WTF? What a weird fight.

    First off, I was wrong – that was a really good scrap.

    I’m glad Boetsch won but 30-26 x2? Meaning, two judges scored all 3 rounds in Tim’s favor? While the other judge gave CB all 3 rounds (minus a point for the eyes pokes). Weird shit.

    Oh well, Dolloway is a dick so let’s move on.

  • MCM says:

    Not reading the rest of this thread since I missed some of the fights, I just want to say that as an unabashed Dollaway hater and Boetsch fan, there’s no way in hell Tim won three rounds of that fight. Dollaway the dick got robbed.

  • MCM says:

    Wow, they are completely ignoring the entire AA/Sylvia trilogy. Correct me if I’m wrong but all three of those fights were for the title.

  • Dufresne says:

    The only reason I can think that they’re ignoring the AA/Sylvia trilogy is because the third fight was a steaming pile of awfulness and they’re hoping not to curse this one.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Motherrrrrr. Jordan wins this.

  • Dufresne says:

    Wow. I didn’t think Jordan would win this one, but I didn’t see it ending quite like that. The bosses are going to have to do some thinking to figure out who’s going to get the post fight bonuses tonight.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Jeez, beautiful counter punch by Gabe. Re-crank Danzig on his way out of the cage.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Insult to injury, Jordan’s alma mater #6 LSU loses to unranked Mississippi in football mere minutes after his KO defeat.

  • Dufresne says:

    Sanchez is looking better than I thought he would. But right as I say that he gets dropped in a vicious exchange.

  • Dufresne says:

    And that is a hatchet wound of a cut. Doesn’t look like it’s going to be a problem with it’s placement, but definitely going to require stitches.

  • Dufresne says:

    What a fight. Good god. What a fight. This is another candidate for fight of the year.

  • Dufresne says:

    I’ve got it going to Gilbert 29-28, but for some reason judges like to give Diego decisions even when he takes far more damage.

  • Dufresne says:

    And that was exactly as exciting as I thought it would be. By which I mean, not very. Maybe if it hadn’t been right after one of the most exciting fights of the year it wouldn’t have seemed so boring.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    8 straight rounds of being ragdolled… at what point does the corner just throw in the towel?

  • Dufresne says:

    That is a scary, scary man. Who in the hell is going to challenge him? Unless Werdum surprises me, Cain has proven to be levels above anyone else in the entire division. JDS is better than every fighter in the HW division not named Cain, so what does he do now?

  • Richard Stabone says:

    It’s a bummer DC and Cain are such close training partners. That would be a good matchup to buy some more time till JBJ makes his ascent to the HW ranks.

  • darth_irritable says:

    Pfft. Jones would get prison raped by this version of Cain.

  • RicM says:

    For a dude that hits like a girl, Cain scares the livin’ bejeesus outta me…….

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I don’t disagree, darth. But JBJ is 5 years younger than Cain, has the wrestling skills to fend off the takedowns, would have a significant reach advantage over Cain, and by the time he makes the jump to HW he’d likely be right on par with Cain at around 240lbs.

    I know Gustafsson chipped away at JBJ’s luster, but on the flipside I think that type of near-defeat is perfect for a guy like Jones… a young dude who was thrust into the spotlight almost overnight, already with more money than he knows what to do with, and everyone around him telling him how great he is (prior to Alex smacking him around). I know it’s cliche, but I think it might have been just what the doctor ordered for the cocky Mr. Jones.

    So anyway, as of now it’s tough to see any real threat to Cain’s belt on the horizon. But I also still view Jones as both the present & future in whichever division he chooses to compete over the next few years.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Wasn’t able to watch the card, so thank you for the play by play. Only got to watch the after show, but even then I won’t give opinions other then the Gil/Diego fight looked amazing and I’m a little sad I missed that one.

  • MCM says:

    Like everyone else, I’ll ignore the illegal headbutts Cain uses in every fight and just say that JDS needs to get out of Brazil and start training with Randy at Xtreme Couture. His TDD is great but he had zero answer for Cain in the clinch and if you need to learn how to work in the clinch, go see The Natural.

    On the Cut List:
    Dustin Prague
    Nate the Great
    and as much as it pains me Roy Nel…ne….Nels….
    I can’t type it! Don’t cut Big Country Dana!

  • Niv says:

    MCM, I agree JDS needs to train with Courure. He was getting the right idea with the short elbows and I felt at one point late in the fight he was doing some damage.

    The other flaw JDS showed is even when there was a tiny bit of space he loads up and Cain beat him to the punch almost every time.

    As for Cain we can now see that in spite of being ko’d in the past and wobbled he gas a rock solid chin

    The Melendez vs Sanchez fight was nuts, but I have no idea what Diego was talking about that he got robbed. In my book that was a 30-27 for Gil even though every round was tough, Gil got the better of him each round.

    Now when Cormier drops to LHW, it’s over for JBJ. No way JJ beats this guy, his wrestling, speed and strength are off the charts, he’s a beast!

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Sorry MCM but I don’t see Dana keeping Big Country, I’m just hoping he didn’t cut Kaufman

  • MCM says:

    JDS also needs to learn to keep his hands up at ALL times. Hanging them by his knees when separating from the clinch is bad idea #1 in MMA.

    The Melendez/Sanchez fight should have been stopped halfway through the second round. With all the talk these past weeks of unnecessary damage a fighter can take, the fact that the ringside doctors allowed Diego to continue with that hatchet wound borders on the point of malpractice. That said, easy 30-27 for Melendez.

    As good as Cormier has looked, I don’t feel he’s really gone against the best of the best yet. The Bigfoot and Nelson wins were good but, as much as I love them, they’re not world beaters. Mir and Barnett are also not the beasts they used to be. I’d love to see DC go against Mousasi or the winner of Rashad/Chael before he gets his shot at the LHW belt.

    Can’t see why Dana wouldn’t keep Kaufman.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Kaufman should be safe, especially since a large number of folks would say she was robbed by the judges. Nelson, not so much.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’d like DC to go against someone good in LHW before Jones as well, maybe Davis or Rashad if he doesn’t move down

  • darth_irritable says:

    Did you guys see someone started twittering to Dana with hashtag #cutthefatfuck ?

    Definitely keep Kaufman though


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