Velasquez Defeats Dos Santos
HOUSTON – There will be no need for a fourth combat. Not any time soon, no less than.
The heavyweight trilogy between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos delivered a conclusive result on Saturday, as Velasquez dominated en path to a TKO finish in the fifth round at UFC 166.
Velasquez (thirteen-1) defended the belt for the second consecutive time, becoming simply the fourth fighter ever to take action. His only professional loss came to dos Santos in November 2011, via a first-round knockout.
“[The sport plan] was the identical because the final battle,” said Velasquez, who won the second meeting by unanimous decision. “Pressure, however throw better punches. Crisper punches, so I might beat him to the punch. He has nice coronary heart.”
Dos Santos (16-3) struggled with Velasquez’s aggressive fashion from the opening round. He staggered Velasquez early with a short proper hand, however even that didn’t stop the previous collegiate wrestler from coming ahead.
It felt as if dos Santos was preventing two opponents: Velasquez and the cage. The 29-yr-old Brazilian couldn’t circle off the fence, leaving him with no house to throw his notoriously dangerous knockout punches.
A straight proper hand by Velasquez dropped dos Santos in the third spherical. He managed to recover and get again to his toes, but the damage was irreparable. He suffered a deep lower over his left eye, which required medical consideration twice.
“He is very – what can I say? He beat me up,” dos Santos stated.
Similar to the display of coronary heart he confirmed within the second combat, dos Santos willed himself to throw harmful punches even within the later rounds. He backed Velasquez off in the fourth with a left elbow from the cage, however Velasquez was never in bother.
In the final spherical, dos Santos attempted a standing D’Arce choke. Velasquez shrugged it off violently, throwing each heavyweights to the ground. Dos Santos remained on his knees after the collision with nothing left. Velasquez moved in with punches, and referee Herb Dean stopped the bout at the three:09 mark.
The trilogy was the 10th in UFC history, wherein all three fights occurred within the Octagon. Fabricio Werdum is anticipated to face Velasquez as the following No. 1 heavyweight contender.
Cormier nullifies Nelson, takes determination
When Roy Nelson does not land his signature proper hand, he struggles to win.
He did not land it on Daniel Cormier on Saturday evening.
Cormier (13-0) remained unbeaten as an expert combined martial artist, defeating Nelson in a clean, decisive unanimous decision. All three judges scored it a sweep for Cormier, 30-27.
Daniel Cormier, right, proved too sharp and too elusive for Roy Nelson.
“The sport plan was to stand with him in the first spherical and take him down in the final two,” Cormier stated.
In his final heavyweight appearance earlier than an attempt to drop weight class, Cormier brought a effectively-rounded, clever recreation plan to the Octagon. He wore on Nelson’s fuel tank early, forcing him to defend takedowns and counter grapple.
Cormier didn’t actually dominate Nelson (19-9) on the ground, however he took away his biggest weapon early – the right hand. Four minutes in, Nelson took a deep breath in opposition to the fence as Cormier worked on a single leg.
The takedown attempts slowed down within the second and third rounds, as Cormier relied on a quick jab and footwork to keep away from the haymaker. It wasn’t all defensive techniques by Cormier, either. He landed a number of onerous right palms of his personal on the feet.
Within the third, a assured Cormier showcased his diversity and his skill to keep a desperate Nelson at distance. He began throwing head kicks and entrance kicks to keep Nelson on the skin.
Cormier reiterated his intention to move to the light heavyweight division in his subsequent fight. He is 2-0 in the UFC cage, with back-to-again resolution wins against Nelson and Frank Mir. Nelson falls to 6-5 in the Octagon.
Melendez outlasts Sanchez in barnburner
Expectations have been high for a lightweight combat between Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez. Nobody may have fairly expected what it produced, though.
Melendez (22-3) earned a unanimous determination over Sanchez in a 3-round, instantaneous favourite for Fight of the Yr. All three judges scored it for Melendez: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27. The win marked Melendez’s first win inside the Octagon.
“It was a great feeling getting my first UFC win,” Melendez said. “It was a battle and precisely what I expected from him as an opponent. He did not go down at all.”
Gilbert Melendez’s crisp boxing helped sway the judges in his favor.
As high as expectations have been for motion, the prevailing thought was Sanchez (24-6) had little likelihood to win. Melendez went into the fight a 7-to-1 favorite.
For 2 rounds, it played out that way. Melendez was merely higher than Sanchez in every single place. A slip on an early head kick try nearly value him, as Sanchez jumped on his again and regarded for a choke. Melendez escaped fairly quickly.
The rest of the round was a clinic by Melendez. He measured off his right hand expertly and opened a deep lower over Sanchez’s left eye with a counterpunch. Ringside physicians checked on the lower in the second and third rounds.
Along with his nook alerting him that he needed a finish to win, Sanchez went for broke in the ultimate spherical. At one point, he took three consecutive proper palms to the face throughout an trade, but continued to move forward.
Melendez saved his focus for probably the most half, getting the best of the exchanges, however he couldn’t assist however again up regardless that he was touchdown the cleaner shots. Midway via the spherical, Sanchez landed the shot he was searching for – a right uppercut that dropped Melendez alongside the fence.
Sanchez adopted him to the floor where he looked to complete with a rear-naked choke. Melendez escaped and received again to his feet the place the fight ended with the 2 lightweights buying and selling punches within the pocket.
Melendez expressed his pleasure in trading with Sanchez for all three rounds.
“My solely three losses have been to guys who try to win by the scorecard, and it’s unlucky for lots of fans,” Melendez said. “That is the first time they’re seeing my model. I all the time try to give the followers a enjoyable fight. I need the belt,. so the subsequent fight I would like is the winner of the (Anthony) Pettis/(Josh) Thomson fight.”
Sanchez falls to 1-1 since dropping back to lightweight earlier this yr.
Gonzaga bludgeons Jordan
Gabriel Gonzaga is having himself a 12 months.
Gonzaga (16-7) earned his third win of 2013 with a first-spherical knockout of Shawn Jordan. A fantastically timed counter right hand was the weapon of selection, forcing referee Jason Stafin to maneuver in at the 1:33 mark.
Gabriel Gonzaga flashed his much-improved boxing expertise whereas blasting out Shawn Jordan.
At 34, Gonzaga has now received five of his last six heavyweight fights. He’s recorded a finish in every one among them.
Jordan (15-5) had hassle establishing the range he wanted in opposition to the UFC veteran. He ate a number of early leg kicks and a Gonzaga right hand that introduced a smile to his face.
At about the 90-second mark, Jordan moved in aggressively with a combination. Gonzaga, walking backward, absorbed Jordan’s punches and threw the laborious counter proper. Jordan crumpled, and Gonzaga quickly followed with hammerfists to end the struggle.
Gonzaga seemed none too suprised by the ease of his victory.
“I was expecting to throw some good punches and get the victory,” Gonzaga mentioned. “The coaching at my health club and the assist of my companions has helped me a lot.
“We received collectively and glued the mistakes I used to be making previously. Earlier than I was frightened about profitable and dropping; now I am simply focused on the fight and that’s the key.”
The loss snaps a two-battle win streak for Jordan. He had gained four of his final 5 prior.
Dodson disposes of Montague
John Dodson fought for a UFC title in 2013. Good probability he does it again in 2014.
In his first look since a loss to UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, Dodson (15-6) annihilated Darrell Montague via first-round knockout. Referee Jacob Montalvo broke it up on the four:thirteen mark.
John Dodson’s mix of speed and energy helped him overwhelm Darrell Montague in a single spherical.
As at all times, the left hand was deadly for Dodson in the struggle. He landed it as a lead strike from the southpaw stance and on the backend of a lightning quick jab.
Montague (thirteen-3), who is also referred to as an influence puncher, had no answer for it from the start. He was dropped by a straight left halfway by the round, but one way or the other managed to rise instantly to his toes.
Dodson smelled blood and caught Montague again with an uppercut alongside the fence. A single-leg takedown try by Montague led to a scramble that slowed issues for a second. It was only a matter of time, though, at that time.
Another left straight to the chin dropped Montague again within the center of the Octagon, and that was it.
For Dodson, showmanship was almost as vital as incomes the victory.
“I want to make certain I placed on exciting fights,” Dodson stated. “I need to be the champion, but I wish to placed on thrilling fights and present everybody what I can do.
“In the flyweight division I see myself as a champion, however I have to prove it to all people else, so that’s what I am going to do.”
Dodson improves to four-1 within the UFC, including three finishes. Montague, a 25-year-previous UFC newcomer, sees a four-struggle win streak snapped.
Boetsch bounces back, edges Dollaway
Typically in this sport, you get a bizarre scorecard – or three.
Tim Boetsch, left, and CB Dollaway traded on mostly even phrases all through their three-spherical encounter.
Tim Boetsch prevented his third loss in a row with a break up determination over CB Dollaway in a middleweight struggle that featured some very unusual scores by the judges.
Dollaway (13-5) was penalized one level in the third round by referee Kerry Hatley for unintended eye pokes, nevertheless it in the end didn’t matter. Two judges scored the fight 30-26 for Boetsch. The other had it 29-27 in favor of Dollaway.
To a lot of those watching, Dollaway clearly won the primary spherical. For reasons that weren’t instantly clear, he began to taunt Boetsch several minutes in, raising his arms and daring Boetsch to hit him.
Boetsch (17-6), however, could not take advantage of the taunts and even looked a bit flustered by them. Dollaway ended the spherical with a flurry of his own, catching Boetsch on the inside with an uppercut and left hook.
Dollaway took Boetsch to the ground in the second round, advancing to side control before ultimately losing place. Back on the ft, Boetsch landed a hard right hand, prompting Dollaway to smile and drop his fingers again.
Following a late takedown in the round, Boetsch mildly threatened with a submission from his back, however by no means came near producing a tap.
The final spherical was an ungainly one. The first unintentional poke got here seconds into the round and had Boetsch in visible pain. He was clearly indignant at Dollaway after a second one moments later, which value Dollaway a degree.
Afterward, Boetch expressed his frustration with the eye pokes.
“Sadly eye pokes are a type of issues which might be tough to disregard,” Boetsch said. “I just sucked it up and hung in there and just received the victory, that is all that issues. As soon as, you’ll be able to blame an accident, twice is something else. I just sucked it up, it’s just frustrating. Definitely a gut-verify kind of struggle. I’m glad I pushed by means of it and received the win.”
Dollaway was in position for his third consecutive win, but as a substitute falls to 7-5 within the UFC. Boetsch, who had been in title competition last year as a result of a four-battle win streak, gets his first victory since July 2012.
Lombard lambastes Marquardt in welter debut
Whoever informed Hector Lombard to try out the welterweight division, good job.
Lombard (33-4-1) sent a message to his new division with a spotlight knockout over Nate Marquardt. The end came simply 1:48 into the primary spherical.
Hector Lombard’s UFC welterweight debut got here on the expense of Nate Marquardt.
It was Lombard’s debut at a hundred and seventy pounds, after he wilted below heavy expectations in the middleweight division. After signing with the UFC in 2012, Lombard went 1-2 in his first three fights, with cut up-resolution losses to Boetsch and Yushin Okami.
“He wanted this combat, he requested for this fight, so I did what I needed to do,” Lombard said. “He is a good fighter with a number of fights in his career and was a champion in Strikeforce.
“He stated he needed to stand and trade, however he started backing up and I caught him. I wished to make sure I completed him. I had numerous motivation to do this.”
Marquardt (32-thirteen-2) seemed to keep away from Lombard’s energy early. He tried to maintain issues on the skin, however the explosiveness of Lombard made it difficult.
After slipping several brief hooks along the fence, Marquardt circled to his right with Lombard in pursuit. A right hand to the temple had him basically running throughout the cage where he caught a left hand beneath the chin.
Lombard went in for comply with-up punches, nevertheless it was clear Marquardt was out and referee Jason Stafin rescued him from additional punishment.
A member of American Prime Workforce, Lombard improves to 2-2 within the UFC with two knockouts. He finished Rousimar Palhares in the first spherical of a middleweight combat in December. Marquardt suffers three consecutive losses for the first time in his profession.
After the battle, a dazed and confused Marquardt had bother explaining what went flawed.
“It is arduous to say what happened this shut after the fight,” Marquardt said. “I rocked him early on. He’s simply a very good finisher, he had me damage. I by no means actually had that occur to me before. He fought nice. He fought an in-form, targeted Nate Marquardt and won. I have no excuses.”
Eye squeaks previous Kaufman
The relentless stress of Sarah Kaufman appeared to have the impact she hoped in opposition to Jessica Eye – but in the end she wasn’t rewarded for it.
Eye (11-1) secured a win in her UFC debut, edging Kaufman in a detailed split choice. Two judges scored the bantamweight battle 29-28 for Eye, whereas the third had it 29-28 for Kaufman. ESPN.com scored it 29-28 for Kaufman.
Kaufman looked to depend on stress all through the bout, walking by Eye’s counter jab to land the suitable hand. Eye handled the strain effectively early, staying gentle on her toes and slipping in and out of Kaufman’s range.
Eye, a pure a hundred twenty five-pound fighter, managed to carry her own on the within as effectively, turning Kaufman into the cage once they clinched. She landed a pleasant proper elbow up the center off the clinch late in the first round.
Kaufman (sixteen-3), however, caught to her recreation plan. She continued strolling Eye down in the second spherical, despite growing a nasty mouse beneath her left eye.
Her finest pictures came within the third, as a pair of right fingers wobbled Eye for the first time. Eye would reply with good work from the jab, but there was no query Kaufman landed the more durable photographs.
After the bout, Eye expressed her pleasure with her debut efficiency.
“I feel unbelievable,” Eye said. “People say that it’s an incredible feeling. I can’t even describe how I feel right now.
“I think I did nice the primary two rounds. I feel I stopped and let her get the third spherical. I dropped my hands and let her get that round. I hate it. I knew better than that and will do higher next time, but I feel great.”
Kaufman, who was additionally making her UFC debut, falls to 1-2 in her final three fights. She suffered a submission loss to present champion Ronda Rousey in August 2012. Eye extends her win streak to eight.
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