UFC 166

UFC 166 Results: Live Reaction for Every Fight

Nathan McCarterFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

UFC 166 Results: Live Reaction for Every Fight

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    UFC 166 provided one of the best UFC events in recent memory. The card started fast and furious, and the main card delivered as well.

    Cain Velasquez retained his UFC Heavyweight Championship with a dominant performance over Junior dos Santos. It wasn't even close.

    The Fight of the Night goes to Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez. It was the frontrunner coming into the evening, and lived up to the hype. It is a Fight of the Year contender for sure.

    11 other bouts lined the card. Below are the quick results. Let's bask in the greatness of UFC 166 before turning our attention to the rest of the MMA calendar.

    Quick Results:

    Cain Velasquez defeats Junior dos Santos by TKO at 3:09 of the fifth round
    Daniel Cormier defeats Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
    Gilbert Melendez defeats Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
    Gabriel Gonzaga defeats Shawn Jordan by TKO at 1:33 of the first round
    John Dodson defeats Darrell Montague by KO at 4:13 of the first round
    Tim Boetsch defeats CB Dollaway by split decision (30-26, 27-29, 30-26)
    Hector Lombard defeats Nate Marquardt by KO at 1:48 of the first round
    Jessica Eye defeats Sarah Kaufman by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
    KJ Noons defeats George Sotiropoulos by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
    Adlan Amagov defeats T.J. Waldburger by KO at 3:45 of the first round
    Tony Ferguson defeats Mike Rio via submission (d'arce choke) at 1:53 of the first round
    Andre Fili defeats Jeremy Larsen by TKO at 0:53 of the second round
    Kyoji Horiguchi defeats Dustin Pague by TKO at 3:51 of the second round

UFC Heavyweight Championship: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos

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    The live blog has all of your round-by-round coverage.

    Post-Fight Reaction:

    This was a complete mauling by the champion. The two beatings that he gave Junior dos Santos took years off his MMA career as an elite fighter, and I'm not sure he will ever return to his prime again. That is not to say Dos Santos will fall off the map, but it is hard to imagine how he can reach the heights he once had.

    Velasquez is the best heavyweight of all-time. Yes, that includes everyone's favorite - Fedor. He is special, and unless he gets caught with a random punch or submission there is no one who is beating him. It will take something surprising - ala the first JDS fight - to topple Velasquez in the foreseeable future.

    Annhilition.

Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson

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    Round 1

    Cormier goes for a single, and Nelson is down on his back. Nelson is getting mugged on the ground. Not where he wants to be against Cormier. Nelson on his feet. Nelson goes back to the mat then his feet. Cormier is stuck to him. Knee from Cormier. Knee hits Nelson low. The break gets Cormier off him. Nelson tries to connect, but Cormier connects. Connects again. Nelson misses a haymaker.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Cormier.

    Round 2

    Nice low leg kick from Cormier. Nelson is putting together combinations, but they are missing. Cormier comes forward and moves Nelson to the fence. Cormier hits him with a combination and gets deep on a takedown attempt. Nelson gets taken down, but he's right back up. Cormier picking his shots against the fence. Nelson gets off the cage. Cormier nails Nelson. Nelson is slowing.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Cormier.

    Round 3

    The round started slowly, but Cormier began throwing a multitude of kicks. He caught Nelson several times with his straight punches. Nelson is doing next to nothing to change. Cormier with a quick takedown, but Nelson right back up. Cormier continues to land. Nelson does nothing.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Cormier, and the fight 30-27.

     

    Cormier defeats Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

     

    Solid performance. Completely nullified Nelson. Very interested to see Cormier at 205.

Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez

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    Round 1

    Sanchez out to the center right away. Melendez misses a head kick, and Sanchez has his back. Melendez moves Sanchez around when he walks them to the fence, and then hits him hard as he separates. Sanchez tries a head kick, but it was easily blocked. Sanchez goes for a takedown, but Melendez defends and lands a knee on the exit. Melendez connecting more and more. Sanchez lands a kick to the body, and Melendez tries to take him down off of it but fails. Sanchez is cut. Melendez is digging to the body now. A body kick from Sanchez. Sanchez goes back to the body with the kick. Melendez and Sanchez go toe-to-toe and Sanchez lost. He got dropped, but survived.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Melendez.

    Round 2

    Slower pace to the start of the second, but they turn it up a minute in. Melendez is accurate with his strikes, and the cut on Sanchez is opened again. The doctor will check it. Getting back to action. Melendez is eating Sanchez alive. Sanchez throws wildly and misses, Melendez is measured and connects. Sanchez goes back to the body kicks. Melendez scores with a combination. Sanchez shoots and takes Melendez down but only for a moment. Sanchez shoots again, but Melendez sprawls. He lands a knee on the break.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Melendez.

    Round 3

    Opening up with a brawl. Melendez lands three straight right hands on the money. Sanchez coming forward with fervor but he is getting tagged, and his shots are glancing at best. It may looked good, but the money shots are coming from Melendez without question. Melendez stuns Sanchez. They are checking the cut again. Back to action. Body kick from Sanchez. Sanchez eats another right. Sanchez calls for more, and he'll get it. Sanchez plasters Melendez with an uppercut! He gets his back! Melendez in survival mode! Sanchez goes for a guillotine and loses it. Melendez on top. Wow. Knee and elbow from Melendez. Melendez back to scoring in the exchanges. Does the knockdown sway all of Melendez's shots? I don't think so, but judges may think otherwise. Sanchez hits the switch on Melendez to get back up after a takedown. Brawling to the bell! WOW!

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Melendez, and the fight 30-27 Melendez.

     

    Melendez defeats Sanchez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

     

    WHAT A FIGHT! WOW!

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan

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    Round 1

    Tentative start to the round. Both men have a sense that one shot is going to end this fight, and they aren't going to make the critical mistake. Gonzaga drops and finishes Jordan.

     

    Gonzaga defeats Jordan by TKO at 1:33 of the first round.

     

    Wow. Boom.

John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague

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    Round 1

    Dodson is the first to throw. Montague lands a low inside leg kick that grazes Dodson low. Dodson seems reserved. Montague is the one coming forward. Hard leg kick from Dodson. Dodson drops Montague with a big punch. He swarms! Montague is trying to hang on to a leg. He survives, but Dodson resets. Dodson is picking his shots and catching him repeatedly. Pace slows and Montague seems to have recovered. Huge shot and Montague faceplants. It's over. Wow.

     

    Dodson defeats Montague by KO at 4:13 of the first round

     

    Dodson is a legit contender and future champion.

Tim Boetsch vs. C.B. Dollaway

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    Round 1

    The middleweights are wasting no time in exchanging, but there isn't much in the way of clean strikes. Clean right from Boetsch. Dollaway lands a couple clean shots as he backs away from Boetsch. Dollaway lands a left. Boetsch takes Dollaway down for just a second. Boetsch lands a low leg kick. Dollaway is trying to bait Boetsch. Dollaway landing more frequently than Boetsch. A fun middleweight scrap is starting to happen.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Dollaway.

    Round 2

    Dollaway puts Boetsch on his back. He goes for the Peruvian necktie, but Boetsch is out. Boetsch is up and he tries to punish Dollaway, but he covers up well. Boetsch goes for a guillotine, but he doesn't have it. This is an ugly fight, but not in a bad way. Dollaway lands an elbow on the exit. Boetsch lands a right that illicits a smile from Dollaway. Takedown from Dollaway. Kimura attempt from Boetsch, but he's in not in the position to finish.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Dollaway.

    Round 3

    Boetsch takes a hard eye poke right away. The doctor checks on Boetsch, and the fight will continue. Boetsch tries to fight against the fence, but Dollaway moves away. Boetsch gets it again, and he is angry. The referee takes a point from Dollaway. Boetsch is going after it, but Dollaway is on top after a failed guillotine. Dollaway mounts. Boetsch is on his feet. 90 seconds left. Inside uppercut from Boetsch. Boetsch tries to land his big right hand. Boetsch rolls and tries to lock in a guillotine but misses it. He tries an arm-triangle at the horn.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-8 Boetsch, and the fight 28-28.

     

    Boetsch defeats Dollaway by split decision (30-26, 27-29, 30-26)

     

    A fun little brawl. It wasn't technical, and it won't win Fight of the Night, but it was entertaining. The eye pokes were unfortunate as Dollaway deserved the win. But the point deduction was very justified.

Nate Marquardt vs. Hector Lombard

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    Round 1

    Lombard stalks Marquardt immediately. Marquardt is utilizing his leg kicks to keep a healthy distance. Marquardt lands, but Lombard laces huge shots. Marquardt gets hurt. Marquardt gets put out cold.

     

    Lombard defeats Marquardt by KO at 1:48 of the first round.

     

    Quick and easy for Lombard. Power, speed. Devastating.

Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Eye

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    Round 1

    Eye opens up with quick jabs. Straight right from Eye connects. Kaufman lands a counter. They clinch. Eye throws a short elbow inside. Outside leg kick from Eye. Kaufman lands a right over the top. Another jab from Eye lands. Eye lands two quick hands, but Kaufman connects as well. Kaufman lands a good combination with Eye against the fence. Good uppercut from Eye. Eye lands a combination with Kaufman's back against the fence. Kaufman rushes forward and clinches with Eye, but not much comes of it. Solid right from Kaufman. Close first round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Eye.

    Round 2

    Kaufman lands a couple shots on the outset of the round. They clinch, and the power of Kaufman shows a bit more with her strikes. Quick jab from Eye. Eye lands the better of the strikes as they separate from another clinch. The jab is giving Kaufman fits. Overhand right from Kaufman lands. Another right from Kaufman, but Eye lands a clean straight right when given space. Kaufman's face is puffy from the punches. Kaufman pushes Eye against the fence. Exchanging short potshots in the clinch. They break. Another very close round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Eye.

    Round 3

    Kaufman seems to have more urgency. Good straight right from Kaufman. Another right, this time over the top. Kaufman presses Eye against the fence. Eye lands a good straight right. Kaufman answers. Kaufman lands again. Kaufman lands a solid shot on the break. The Canadian is looking much more comfortable this round. Kaufman rushes in again, and Eye has her back against the fence. They break. Eye got rocked! Eye presses Kaufman against the fence with a minute to go. Eye backs away. 30 seconds. Another right from Kaufman. Eye responds with a right. Kaufman whiffs and eats a counter. Kaufman lands again in the final 10 seconds.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kaufman, and the fight 29-28 Eye.

     

    Eye defeats Kaufman by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

     

    What a fantastic fight! Close, competitive and technical. Wow! This is why both women have been highly ranked.

    This fight blows Pennington vs Duke out of the water.

    — MANOLO HERNANDEZ (@MHHURRICANE) October 20, 2013

George Sotiropoulos vs. K.J. Noons

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    Round 1

    Sotiropoulos circles on the outside. One minute passes without action. More circling. Noons is just standing in the center waiting on his opportunity. Noons throws to the body, and Sotiropoulos responds with a right. Things start to open up with 90 seconds remaining in the round. Hook by Noons is blocked. Noons takes a poke to the eye and the bout is halted for a quick minute. Noons throwing quick combinations. They throw wildly toward the finish of the round, and Noons got the best of those exchanges.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Noons.

    Round 2

    Sotiropoulos lands cleanly at the beginning of the round. Noons has done better when he is the aggressor, but he has started to fall back into a countering mode. Sotpiropoulos briefly puts Noons on his butt, and eventually does get Noons down. Noons uses the fence to stand. Noons misses a haymaker. Good combination from Sotiropoulos. The Aussie is becoming more fluid in his striking.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Sotiropoulos.

    Round 3

    Good jab from Noons. A straight right from Sotiropoulos. Good outside leg kick lands from Sotiropoulos. Noons grazes Sotiropoulos with a right. Noons stuns Sotiropoulos. The Aussie is bleeding now. Sotiropoulos goes for a takedown, but Noons defends. And one more stuffed. Sotiropoulos missed with a spinning wheel kick. Still anyone's fight with 90 seconds, but Noons has the edge. Sotiropoulos lands a head kick. And a left. Noons lands a solid right hand. 30 seconds to go. Close round to close things out, but Noons did more damage.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Noons, and the fight 29-28 Noons.

     

    Noons defeats Sotiropoulos by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).

     

    This was not a fantastic fight, but it had its moments. The third round was close, but Noons simply did more damage with his strikes. Had Sotiropoulos been able to take Noons down that could have swayed the fight in his direction, but the former EliteXC champion easily shrugged him off in the third. A much needed win for Noons.

T.J. Waldburger vs. Adlan Amagov

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    Round 1

    Amagov misses a quick high kick in the opening minute. Spinning back kick lands from Amagov. Waldburger rushes him to the fence. Amagov lands solid shots in the clinch. He hurts Waldburger. He knocks him out on the ground!

     

    Amagov defeats Waldburger by KO at 3:45 of the first round.

     

    Amagov ran through Waldburger very easily. Very impressive.

Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio

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    Round 1

    Rio throws out a jab, and Ferguson lands a low outside leg kick. Rio goes for a takedown, but Ferguson is defending. Rio tries another takedown, but Ferguson sprawls effectively. Ferguson lands a stiff left that stunned Rio. Ferguson locks up a d'arce choke, and it's all over.

     

    Ferguson defeats Rio via submission (d'arce choke) at 1:52 of the first round.

     

    Quick and easy. Fantastic performance from Ferguson. It'll be nice to see if he can make a quick return to the Octagon.

Jeremy Larsen vs. Andre Fili

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    Round 1

    Fili comes out very aggressive. Fili clips Larsen. Larsen returns fire, but he goes for a takedown. He cannot complete it, Fili lands a good knee and he's pouring it on. Larsen tries to tie him up against the fence. The referee stops the action to check the cut on Larsen's face. They go back to exchanging hands. Larsen takes Fili down off a kick. Fili sweeps and stands up. Fili lands a good combination.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Fili.

    Round 2

    Larsen throws a kick, but Fili catches it and hits him. Larsen lands a solid punch. Fili rocks Larsen, and this fight is over quickly afterwards.

     

    Fili defeats Larsen by TKO at 0:53 of the second round.

     

    An impressive debut, but he did miss weight. We should not forget that fact despite him coming in on short notice.

Dustin Pague vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

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    Round 1

    Horiguchi circling and moving a lot. Pague gets a hold of him, drags him to the ground and has his back. Horiguchi stands against the fence with Pague on his back. Pague is trying to complete the rear-naked choke, but Horiguchi is keeping him from finishing it currently. Pague loses the arm under the chin. Pague gives up the position. After briefly standing, Pague takes Horiguchi back to the mat.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Pague.

    Round 2

    HOriguchi landing good shots. Horiguchi drops Pague! Big ground and pound! Pague survives. Pague sweeps Horiguchi. The position doesn't last long. Horiguchi puts Pague on his back again. Horiguchi is landing more ground and pound. Herb Dean stops the fight. Nice win.

     

    Horiguchi defeats Pague by TKO at 3:51 of the second round.

     

    After a slow start Horiguchi rebounded with good striking. Once he had Pague on his back he dropped good ground and pound. Pague survived as long as he could, but he couldn't withstand the constant onslaught.

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