UFC 166 RESULTS: Velasquez retains title with fifth round TKO of Dos Santos
Smothering and suffocating, grueling and dominate.
In Saturday’s main event of UFC 166 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Cain Velasquez completed the trilogy with Junior dos Santos by scoring a TKO victory at 3:09 of round five and in the process held on to his UFC heavyweight title.
Dos Santos was going for broke from the get-go. He landed a big left shot to start the fight but Velasquez recovered to get a takedown. Dos Santos again landed a solid shot before Velasquez pinned him against the cage. Once they broke dos Santos connected again but Velasquez pinned dos Santos again against the cage and then drug him to the canvas where he ended up in half guard. From there, he landed an elbow and continued to smother. Velasquez took dos Santos’ back but it was short lived. Velasquez was his typical resilient self and limited dos Santos’ space to work.
There were some nice exchanges by both fighters to start the second round and Velasquez went back to his smothering, dirty boxing and dos Santos ‘ face started showing the effects. Velasquez popped a left jab and then pushed dos Santos against the cage again. Dos Santos had a nice trip but Velasquez popped up and immediate landed a solid shot to the face. Dos Santos ended the second round with a solid elbow and right hand, but the round was dominated by Velasquez.
Dos Santos led off the third with a right hand, but like before, Velasquez closed the distance and kept the pressure coming. As dos Santos started to bleed from his nose, he continued to throw power shots at the three minute mark. Dos Santos stuffed a takedown attempt, his 9th of 11 at the time, before Cain landed a huge shot right hand that sent dos Santos to the mat. Velasquez went for a submission and then landed another solid right as referee Herb Dean nearly stopped the fight. Dos Santos was in survival mode, leaning on the fence as Velasquez continued to land big right hands as the challenger was in desperation mode.
In the fourth round, Velasquez landed another right over the top and he pressed dos Santos against the cage. Then came another measured flurry by Velasquez. Dos Santos was trying to land an elbow but to no avail, other than the occasional flash. Both fighters were a bloody mess – as an elbow from dos Santos had opened up Velasquez – as the round came to a close and dos Santos, in particular, was having a hard time seeing.
Dos Santos’ right eye was nearly swollen shut to start the fifth. Velasquez got his third takedown of the fight early in the round. Dos Santos muscled his way back to his feet but Velasquez continued to push him against the fence. Dos Santos was committed to throwing elbows but could not put together a significant amount of them as Velasquez landed another right. Dos Santos went for a weak choke attempt but an exhausted dos Santos landed face first on the canvas, grabbing to the top of his head, and Dean stepped in and called a stop.
The 31-year-old Velasquez improved to 13-1. The 29-year-old dos Santos dropped to 16-3.