The Ultimate Fighting Championship delivered big, once again, with the UFC 166 fight card, putting up what will undoubtedly go down as one of the entertaining fight cards of the year. The undercard fighters set the stage for what turned out to be an extraordinary night, and the main carders — Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez in particular — kept the ball rolling.
Here are the results of the UFC 166 fight card held on Oct. 19, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas:
Cain Velasquez def. Junior Dos Santos
Cain put on another dominant performance at UFC 166, pushing the pace the entire night, smothering dos Santos with his wrestling against the cage while blasting away. Junior sporadically landed hard shots during the fight, but Velasquez simply shrugged them off and kept pushing forward.
Junior absorbed a lot of punishment during the first four rounds, and he didn’t have much left in him by the start of the fifth. Dos Santos hit his face on the canvas while trying to set up a guillotine choke, and given how dazed he looked, referee Herb Dean rightfully stepped in and stopped the fight at 3:09 of round five, saving the Brazilian from further punishment.
Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson
Cormier put on a workmanlike performance at UFC 166, showcasing improved striking skills. He mixed his strikes well with his wrestling, and he kept his composure the entire fight, staying away from Nelson’s right hand.
All three judges scored the bout 30-27, giving Cormier the unanimous decision.
Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez
These two put on a show at UFC 166, giving an MMA fans one of the most entertaining three-rounders in recent MMA history. Overall, Melendez got the better of the striking exchanges, but Diego landed his share of hard shots well, even dropping Melendez with an uppercut during the third round.
Diego also had some success with his grappling, gaining a few dominant positions, threatening with a couple of submissions. At the end of the day, Melendez proved to be the better fighter.
The final scorecards read 29-28, 30-27, and 29-28, all in favor of Melendez.
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan
Both men pawed at one another early in their UFC 166 encounter, but Gonzaga brought things to an abrupt end with a huge right hand that dropped Jordan, followed by some hammer-fists on the ground. Referee Jay Stafin called an end to the contest 93 seconds into the first round.
John Dodson def. Darrell Montague
After a brief feeling out process, Dodson found his range, bombarding Montague with several hard punches. Montague showed a lot of heart and survived the initial onslaught, but he ran into a hard left hook moments later, sending him to the canvas face first. Dodson hit him a few more times on the ground for good measure, forcing referee Jacob Montalvo to step in and stop the contest at 4:13 of round one.
Tim Boetsch def. C.B. Dollaway (split decision)
Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt (KO, round one)
Jessica Eye def. Sarah Kaufman (split decision)
KJ Noons def. George Sotiropoulos (unanimous decision)
Adlan Amagov def. TJ Waldburger (KO, round one)
Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio (D’arce choke, round one)
Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen (TKO, round two)
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague (TKO, round two)