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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.

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28 Comments to UFC 166 RESULTS: Velasquez retains title with fifth round TKO of Dos Santos

  1. Mejiald says:

    Wow!!! Wow!!! Great fight!!! Two great fighters giving it there all leaving it all in the Octagon and yet only one must be champion a great fight like this both should be champions. Thanks for a great fight Cain and junior!!!

  2. 123 says:

    Love them both, Hope they fight again.

  3. magoo says:

    Another one sided drubbing by Cain! He truly is the best HW in the world, glad you finished JR with them girly punches so there won’t be any excuses this time.

    • BX81 says:

      Let’s be honest here Cain worked him over on the fence, pretty lame IMO. But at the end of the day it’s ur job to be able to get off the fence. Just like Gsp fights, yes it’s boring but you know what ur getting into, so work on getting back up. Also jds knocked him self out. Pretty laughable.

  4. mean170 says:

    That fight should have been stopped in the 3rd. Or the Doctor should have stopped it between the 3rd and 4th. JDS was out on his feet for over 10 minutes.

    What was with JDS game plan to start the fight? He pretty much backpedaled into that cage from the start. Cain was going to put him there eventually, but I have no idea why he wouldn’t keep the fight in the center of the cage as much as possible. Poor gameplan by JDS and company, and Cain did what we knew he was going to do.

  5. Big daddy says:

    I don’t see any of the regular douchebags on here that we’re going for jds. Well hopefully that ass beating humbled him back to how he used to be.

  6. KIDD433 says:

    I wasn’t impressed with the wall n stall. Cain had him rocked multiple times and rather than follow up he kept hugging him. Showed fear IMO….Cain beat him, but you still have to respect Dos Santos’ heart, and he pretty much knocked himself after all

  7. UFC 84 Forever says:

    JDS said it himself “he beat me up” on that note JDS finished himself by slamming his own face on the canvas. It’s worth noting Cain beat him up so bad that JDS was capable of finishing himself. What a fight, props to both – truly are #1 and #2 in the world. What heart.

  8. GRT 3000 says:

    wicked night of fights – props to Cain for taking out Dos Santos, but I agree with @KIDD he should have looked for the finish earlier. & Dos Santos should have had more of a gameplan other than to try and KO the champ. He worked on his TD defense, but def. didn’t polish for all the holding that they must have known Cain was going to do; plus everytime they broke Cain would get off first. That just tells you being pressed against the cage was not properly anticipated & trained for, & Cain holding him there was a third dimension of MMA (grappling) where he could beat Dos Santos. If Cigano wants to make it more competitive, in addition to striking and TDD, he needs to come up with an answer for all that dirty boxing. If striking is the only answer in his camp, then he should have had some slick moves for getting out of that position. No question abt his heart though – dude is a champ for sure. Other than Cain I don’t see anyone beating Dos Santos. But this just proves again, only having one answer for winning a fight is not enough.

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