411’s UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II Report 12.29.12
UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II
Las Vegas, NV
MGM Grand Garden Arena
MAIN FOX CARD – 10:00PM ET
Junior dos Santos © (265 lbs. 15-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (265 lbs. 10-1)
Joe Lauzon (155 lbs. 22-7) vs. Jim Miller (155 lbs. 21-4)
Tim Boetsch (185 lbs. 16-4) vs. Costa Philippou (185 lbs. 11-2, 1NC)
Alan Belcher (185 lbs. 18-6) vs. Yushin Okami (185 lbs. 27-7)
Derek Brunson (185 lbs. 9-2) vs. Chris Leben (185 lbs. 22-8)
FX PRELIMINARY CARD – 8:00PM ET
Brad Pickett (135 lbs. 22-6) vs. Eddie Wineland (135 lbs. 19-8-1)
Erik Perez (135 lbs. 12-4) vs. Byron Bloodworth (135 lbs. 6-2)
Melvin Guillard (155 lbs. 30-11-2, 1NC) vs. Jamie Varner (156 lbs. 20-7-1, 2NC)
Michael Johnson (155 lbs. 12-6) vs. Myles Jury (155 lbs. 10-0)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook.com – 6:45PM ET)
Phil de Fries (265 lbs. 9-1, 1NC) vs. Todd Duffee (265 lbs. 7-2)
Leonard Garcia (145 lbs. 15-9-1) vs. Max Holloway (145 lbs. 6-1)
John Moraga (125 lbs. 11-1) vs. Chris Carisao (125 lbs. 14-3)
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We are at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II.
Intros for the first preliminary fight begin at approximately 3:35PM.
Jon Anik and Joe Rogan are of course your broadcast team for tonight as we go to the octagon for our first fight. Mike Goldberg is out this evening and is taking some time off.
Flyweight Bout: John Moraga (126 lbs. 11-1) vs. Chris Carisao (125 lbs. 14-3)
ROUND ONE: Cariaso goes for some kicks. Moraga blocks it. Moraga catches Cariaso coming in and stuns him. Moraga misses big on a head kick and trips but quickly gets back to his feet. Big pick-up and takedown by Moraga to the mat, but he lets Cariaso get back up. Mora is able to block another head kick attempt. Moraga comes in low with a kick to the body. Moraga initiates a clinch against the cage. Cariaso is able to get off and they separate. Cariaso lands some kicks to the body. Cariaso keeps landing the left kick to the body. They trade some punches upstairs. Moraga comes in and lands some punches. Cariaso lands a legkick before the round ends.
SCORECARD: John Moraga, 10-9. Overall, John Moraga, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: They trade some strikes standing for about the first minute. Moraga clinches Cariaso up agains the cage. Moraga lands a good punching combination and knee off the break. Cariaso responds with a kick to show he’s still in it. Moraga gets right arm off a big head kick attempt. Moraga puts Cariaso down on the mat. Cariaso defends himself well off the back and Moraga is hesitant to enter the guard. Cariaso makes his way back up. They clinch against the cage and Cariaso is able to throw Moraga to the ground. Pretty close round, but it looked like Cariaso looked to be doing better and ended the round stronger.
SCORECARD: Chris Cariaso, 10-9. Overall, Even, 19-19.
ROUND THREE: Cariaso is aggressive coming out. Moraga lands some good punches and it looks like they’ve done some damage. They clinch up against the cage. Moraga applies a front headlock. He cinches it on. Cariaso goes out! That is it as we have our first finish of the night!
OFFICIAL RESULT: John Moraga by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:11 in Round 1.
Featherweight Bout: Leonard Garcia (146 lbs. 15-9-1) vs. Max Holloway (145 lbs. 6-1)
ROUND ONE: Holloway tries throwing some front kicks to start. Holloway lands a legkick. Garcia answers with an outside legkick a little later. Holloway sends Garcia back with a spinning back kick. Garcia lands back with some hard punches. Holloway drops Garcia with a punch. Garcia isn’t out and he’s able to get back up and eats another back kick to the body. Holloway gets in and out with a legkick. Garcia continues to throw some punches. Garcia lands a good straight left. Garcia comes back with some big punching combinations. Holloway works in another spinning back kick to the body. Garcia looks like he’s starting to load up and swing big like he usually does. Holloway rocks Garcia with another spinning back kick to the body. Garcia lands some quick short punches and Holloway looks like he got a little loopy from those punches. Action picks up a little before the round ends.
SCORECARD: Max Holloway, 10-9. Overall, Max Holloway, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Holloway moves and tries to stay away from Garcia early. He comes in with a switch kick and a nice left hook. Holloway lands some good legkick counters. Garcia is doing his usual big punches with everything behind them but I don’t think many of them are landing. Garcia shoots for the takedown picks Holloway up and gets him down. Holloway works back to his feet quickly. Garcia lands a nice legkick of his own. They are starting to get more sloppy with their technique. Holloway is able to check a legkick. Garcia eats some straight punches from Holloway. Garcia lands on a big left hook. They get into a clinch and trade some knees to the head. Garcia gets Holloway up against the cage and throws some punches before the horn sounds.
SCORECARD: Leonard Garcia, 10-9. Overall, Even, 19-19.
ROUND THREE: Holloway gets an inside legkick and tries to get in and out with his strikes. Garcia comes in and swings big with his punches. Holloway comes in with a big short knee to the midsection. Garcia is swinging big and screaming but it looks like he is missing on a lot of his punches. Garcia misses on a spinning backfist attempt. Holloway lands another kick to the body. Garcia throws a punch to the gut. They are starting to sloppily trade punches. Garcia shoots in for a takedown. Holloway tries to defend it but goes down. Holloway tries to apply a kimura but can’t get it. He’s warned by the referee to let go of the fence. Holloway works his way back up with less than two minutes to go. Both guys are eating and trading some big punches. Both guys are starting to slow down. Holloway tries to throw a kick but Garcia is able to grab it and put Holloway down. Holloway tries to get a triangle choke, but Garcia lifts him up and slams hims, kinda/sorta Rampage style and stays away from the submission right before the round ends. It was a close round and fight overall, but I think Garcia just managed to do enough to take it.
SCORECARD: Leonard Garcia, 10-9. Overall, Leonard Garcia, 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Max Holloway by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
– Holloway is with Rogan and the crowd is not happy. Holloway said he proved strikers can win. Holloway said he’d love to fight Garcia again. I thought Garcia edged it out, but is the call maybe just desserts for those really bad split decisions he won before? Oh well.
Heavyweight Bout: Phil de Fries (245 lbs. 9-1, 1NC) vs. Todd Duffee (249 lbs. 7-2)
ROUND ONE: Duffee returns to the UFC here. Duffee drops Phil with some punches. De Fries recovers and clinches Duffee against the cage and rattles off some quick short-ranged punches. They start trading again and Duffee starts landing on some big punching combinations. De Fries gets rocked and eats more punches. Duffee keeps throwing and De Fries goes down. That is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Todd Duffee by TKO at 2:04 in Round 1.
– Duffee is with Rogan. Duffee says he is happy to be back. He says he was a little too relaxed earlier on. He also mentions that his friend Duane Ludwig has the real fastest knockout record. Duffee thanks the UFC for bringing him back and promises not to disappoint again.
-We now head to FX for the next set of preliminary fights.
– From Max Holloway who won a controversial split decision over Leonard Garcia on the Facebook prelims: “I definitely believe I won the fight. I’m tired of wrestlers getting victories that way. They get takedowns and do nothing with it and somehow they still get points for that, so I feel very vindicated with this win. Leonard is a tough guy though. No doubt about that. He hits hard and he shot in on my quite a bit in this fight, but we had a good game plan and I was able to leave with the win.” – Sent by the UFC
– And from Leonard Garcia: “I think I did enough to win and it was a good fight, but I can’t let it go to the judges. I’ve been fighting long enough to know that. Max is a skilled fighter, but I feel I was able to match him or be better than him in every part of the game. I feel I got the most takedowns, I had better Octagon control and he doesn’t hit hard, so I was able to stand in there with him and I think that should have been enough to get the victory.” – Sent by the UFC
Lightweight Bout: Michael Johnson (154 lbs. 12-6) vs. Myles Jury (155 lbs. 10-0)
ROUND ONE: If Johnson wins, he’d be one of only two guys to win four fights in the UFC in 2012. So I hope I didn’t just jinx him there. Some feeling out at the start. Johnson blocks a high kick from Jury. Jury eventually shoots in and gets a takedown into the half-guard position. Jury is able to briefly get mount. Back to guard. Jury almost gets Johnson’s back. Jury gets mount and lands a series of ground punches to Johnson. Jury works from the half-guard and lands a series of elbow strikes. Jury is able to get side control and looks for keylock. Jury switches to full mount. Jury gets his back and gets in both hooks! Jury isn’t able to sink in a submission hold before the end of the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Jury. Overall, Jury, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: A bit of a lull in the action at the start as both guys look tentative to engage. Jury lands on a head kick which Johnson eats. Jury gets the single-leg and completes the takedown. Jury works in the closed full-guard. Not much happening here, but Jury is able to keep the dominant position. He lands a couple elbow strikes. The crowd is getting, a little impatient with the way this fight is going. Jury lands another elbow strike before the end of the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Jury. Overall, Jury, 20-18.
ROUND THREE: Johnson comes out more aggressive. He defends a takedown attempt from Jury. They clinch up against the cage. Jury is again able to complete the takedown. Now into half-guard. Jury passes into side control as he continues his domination. Johnson is able to get back to half-guard. Jury is able to lay a couple elbow strikes. Johnson turns over and Jury lands some punches in the guard. Johnson is unable to mount any type of significant offense or get out from the bottom. Jury continues to smothers Johnson and lands some more ground strikes. Johnson works back up to his feet and tries for a guillotine but there is no time left in the round and that is all.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Jury. Overall, Jury, 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Myles Jury by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
– From Todd Duffee who was victorious in his UFC return: “It feels good to be back in the UFC. I knew I had to win, but I wasn’t too worried about how though. I like the actual fight aspect of this sport, so I know I can deliver when I’m in there. I missed the fight feeling that you get when you’re standing across from your opponent and it felt awesome to get back in the Octagon.” – Sent by the UFC
– From Duffee’s opponent Phil De Fries: “I thought I had him there early, but he caught me good. He followed that up with some hard shots and was able to put me away with them. I’ve got to use my footwork better in those situations. Other than that, I’ve just got to get back in the gym and keep training.” – Sent by the UFC
Lightweight Bout: Melvin Guillard (155 lbs. 30-11-2, 1NC) vs. Jamie Varner (155 lbs. 20-7-1, 2NC)
ROUND ONE: Guillard catches Varner with an outside legkick coming in. Guillard lands on a couple more hard legkicks. Varner lands on an inside legkick. Guillard lands on another legkick. Varner hits a kick kick toward the shoulder area. Guillard lands a couple more strong legkicks on Varner’s lead leg. Guillard comes in and Varner lands a good punching combination. Both men tentative to engage. Varner shoots in for the takedown. Guillard shrugs him off. Varner steps in with some hard punches. Varner starts unloading and Guillard is hurt! Varner shoots in and gets the takedown. Varner gets the guillotine and he looks to about have it, but the round ends beup to their before Varner can get the submission win. Varner secured the round with that final sequence of action.
SCORECARD: Jamie Varner, 10-9. Overall, Jamie Varner, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Guillard continues to try and work the legkick. Varner shoots in and is able to finish the takedown. Varner tries to get Guillard’s back. Guillard flips him over and sprawls over Varner. They separate and are back up to their feet. Guillard lands a solid head kick, but Varner is able to keep moving forward. Varner lands some solid punching combinations. Guillard’s high kick is blocked by Varner. Varner shoots in and gets another takedown. Varner mounts Guillard briefly against the cage. Guillard gets back up and is able to separate the waistlock. Guillard lands a good jab. Varner hits a solid right. They both throw kicks and one lands inadvertently low onto Guillard. Guillard complains that he got hit in his “***hole man!” Guillard takes a short breath to compose himself and back to the fight they go. Guillard jumps in with a knee which it looks like he doesn’t really get as the round ends.
SCORECARD: Jamie Varner, 10-9. Overall, Jamie Varner, 20-18.
ROUND THREE: Guillard comes in with a big flying knee. Guillard gets out of a single-leg takedown attempt. Varner comes in and gets a short double-leg takedown on Guillard. Varner lands some punches on Guillard against the cage. Varner goes for a Peruvian necktie, but Guillard defends it and gets the top position. Varner is able to scramble and move and gets back to his feet. Varner shoots in and gets another takedown. Varner works in the full-guard. Guillard is able to stand back up and break free with two minutes left. Varner gets his timing right and easily takes Guillard down again. Closed full-guard position with less than two minutes to go. Guillard attempts an armbar! Varner gets out and Guillard sweeps to the top! Varner then sweeps own and takes back to the top position as it looks like Guillard’s last chance to win is gone. They get back to their feet. Guillard lands a knee to the body. Varner is hurt but keeps moving and lifts up Guillard. Varner has Guillard in position with him inverted behind his back. Emerald Fusion! Guillard is ok and tries to scissor Varner’s head. But the round is over as we go to the scorecards.
SCORECARD: Jamie Varner, 10-9. Overall, Jamie Varner, 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jamie Varner by Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27).
– Unbelievable. I’m not kidding about those scores. One judge gave Guillard all three rounds. Two judges gave Varner all three. How does that happen judges?
– From TUF Live alum Myles Jury: “I’ve sacrificed and trained hard for this fight and it paid off. A lot of people didn’t give me a chance against someone like Michael, so I came out here with nothing to lose. It felt great to get the win, but to also get so much time in the Octagon, which is something that I haven’t gotten a lot of up to this point in my career. Everything about this fight is going to help me become a much better fighter overall.” – Sent by the UFC
– From former TUF finalist Michael Johnson: “No excuses. He was the better fighter tonight. He definitely surprised me with his wrestling ability and he was able to hold me down for a big part of the fight. I had three wins in a row before this and I’ve just got to get back in the gym again and go from there.” – Sent by the UFC
Bantamweight Bout: Erik Perez (136 lbs. 12-4) vs. Byron Bloodworth (136 lbs. 6-2)
ROUND ONE: The crowd is really pumped for Erik Perez. They clinch up against the cage. Perez lands some knees and a good elbow. They switch positions against the cage. Perez lands some short punches to abdomen. Knee the body by Perez and Bloodworth goes down. Perez moves into the closed full-guard of Bloodworth. Perez lands some elbow strikes in the guard. Perez keeps up with the punishment. Bloodworth is busted open. Perez separates and lands some big ground and pound strikes. Bloodworth turtles up and Kim Winslow has seen enough as Perez wins his third fight in the UFC and remains undefeated in the Octagon.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Erik Perez by TKO at 3:50 in Round 1.
– Rogan is with Perez who is wearing his official UFC luchador mask. Perez says he wants to go and eat something because he’s hungry. The fans are loving Perez. If UFC plays their cards right they might have a huge Mexican prospect on their hands here. Perez looks like a killer. Not the original killer that Che Mills is mind you.
Bantamweight Bout: Brad Pickett (136 lbs. 22-6) vs. Eddie Wineland (135 lbs. 19-8-1)
– Eddie Wineland comes out to Hulk Hogan’s WWF “Real American” theme for his entrance.
ROUND ONE: Pickett starts things out with an outside legkick. Pickett mixes up his punches to the head and body. Wineland gets a good right hand. Pickett lands a good right hook but he eats a big uppercut from Wineland. Pickett is rocked but he recovers and gets back in it. Wineland rocks Pickett with two more right hooks. Pickett shakes it off and keeps coming forward. Wineland is able to defend against a takedown and they keep it on the feet. Pickett lands some good hooks and keeps moving forward as the round comes to a close. Wineland clearly took that one. Pickett has to be careful and change things up or Wineland could very well knock him out.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Eddie Wineland. Overall, 10-9, Wineland.
ROUND TWO: Pickett goes in with a left jab and a right hook. Good punching combination by Wineland. Wineland counters and circles away. Pickett gets some outside legkicks but is having difficulty getting inside the defense of Wineland. Actio has slowed down quite a bit in this round. Wineland moving in and out with his punches. They trade some punches before the end of the round. This round was a lot closer, but it looks like Wineland is making his counter strategy work a lot more.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Eddie Wineland. Overall, 20-18, Eddie Wineland.
ROUND THREE: Pickett comes in closer and lands a knee to the head. A lot of movement and some light punch exchanges here. Pickett gets a big right. Wineland is moving and staying away from a lot of Pickett’s power. Pickett eats a punch as he lands an outside legkick. Pickett tries to move forward, but Wineland keeps moving away. Uneventful final round. Fans are not happy. Wineland turned off the aggression after the first round and completely ran away almost the rest of the fight. Really disappointing.
SCORECARD: 10-9, Brad Pickett. Overall, 29-28, Eddie Wineland.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Eddie Wineland by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27).
– Eddie Wineland is with Rogan. Wineland says Pickett has a head like a coconut and he just couldn’t put him away.
– From Jamie Varner after his crazy split decision win over Melvin Guillard: “This was a very emotional fight for both of us. After what happened a few weeks ago at The TUF Finale event, we were both ready to compete. I knew we would eventually get in the Octagon and squash our beef and I definitely feel that we did. I’m happy about my performance, I feel that I was able to dominate the fight wherever we ended up and I’m glad I got the win.” – Sent by the UFC
– Baba O’Riley is up on the main screen of the MGM Grand Garden Arena as we now head to PPV for the main card.
– Believe it or not, judge Cecil Peoples did not score the Varner/Guillard fight 30-27 for Guillard. That was Adelaide Byrd.
Middleweight Bout: Derek Brunson (185 lbs. 9-2) vs. Chris Leben (185 lbs. 22-8)
ROUND ONE: Leben grabs a kick from Brunson. He can’t get the trip. Brunson double-underhooks Leben and takes him down to the mat. Leben looks for an armbar. Brunson gets out of it and goes back to half-guard. Transition to full-guard now. Brunson moves out of the guard and is able to pass to side control. Brunson now has full mount and looks for an arm triangle but Leben defends. Brunson maintains the top position. Brunson starts dropping some punches and grinds Leben against the fence. Leben is able to stand back up. Leben lands a nice shot and they separate as the round ends.
SCORECARD: Derek Brunson, 10-9. Overall, Derek Brunson, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Brunson shoots in for the takedown. Leben is able to stop it as they get to the fence. Brunson tries to muscle Leben down, but Leben defends and moves forward with some punches. Brunson shoots in and lands another takedown. Leben stands back up and Brunson attempts a guillotine choke, and Leben pushes him off. They trade punches standing up and the fans rally in favor of Leben. Both guys look like they are starting to tire. Leben is able to defend another takedown attempt. Leben stops the takedown attempt again.
SCORECARD: Chris Leben, 10-9. Overall, Even, 19-19.
ROUND THREE: Brunson lands a nice straight jab. Brunson shoots in but can’t complete it. Straight elbow by Leben. Brunson completes a takedown this time. Leben is able to get back to his feet against the cage. Both guys are very slow and sluggish right now. Leben hits some inside legkicks and a big left hook. Both guys have completely gassed and try to trade punches, but there is not much left behind them. Brunson is moving back and eats a big left. Brunson shoots in and gets another takedown. Leben is able to fight his way back up. Some punches are thrown as the fight comes to an end.
SCORECARD: Derek Brunson, 10-9. Overall, Derek Brunson, 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Derek Brunson by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
– Erik Perez who was victorious tonight over Byron Bloodworth: “It feels awesome to get my third UFC win in six months. It just makes me want to get back in the gym and keep training. It made me proud to hear all the Mexican fans and all the other UFC fans cheering for me when I walked out and then especially when I won. I would love to make a run at the title this year, but I am happy to do whatever the UFC asks for my next fight.” – Sent by the UFC
Middleweight Bout: Alan Belcher (186 lbs. 18-6) vs. Yushin Okami (184 lbs. 27-7)
SCORECARD: Belcher launches some kicks at the outset of the fight. Okami catches Belcher with a jab as Belcher tries to throw a kick and Belcher lands on his back. Belcher gets back up and Okami pushes the clinch against the cage. They scramble and Belcher lands on top of Okami. Belcher tries to go for a guillotine choke but he loses it as Okami takes top position. Not a lot of action going on as Okami has neutralized Belcher. Okami is able to pass guard to side control. Okami lands some knees and elbows to the side of Belcher. Belcher tries to roll forward and grab the leg. Okami switches and goes for the back of Belcher as the round comes to an end. Looks like we are in for another grinder.
SCORECARD: Yushin Okami, 10-9. Overall, Yushin Okami, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Okami comes in with a good punching combination and gets both double underhooks. Okami tries to trip Belcher, but Belcher ends up on top. Belcher looks for the guillotine again but he still doesn’t have it and Okami takes over in top position again. Okami continues to smother and neutralize Belcher. Okami puts the pressure of his shoulder on Belcher. Okami passes guard into side mount yet again. Referee calls for a break and stand-up right after Okami gets side control. Huge gift there for Belcher. Okami looks for a single-leg takedown against the cage but can’t get it. Okami drags Belcher to the mat yet again. Okami puts more pressure down on top of Belcher. Lull in the action and the referee calls for another standup. Belcher can’t come up with anything significant as the round comes to an end.
SCORECARD: Yushin Okami, 10-9. Overall, Yushin Okami, 20-18.
ROUND THREE: Duke Roufus tells Belcher to forget about the kicks and let the hands go. Early in the round Okami gets dropped from a punch, but he quickly gets back up. They clinch up against the cage. Belcher lands on top in full mount. Belcher goes for the back, but Okami is able to defend against a submission attempt. Okami stands up and circles out. Belcher puts on a headlock, but Okami is able to shoot and take him down. The decision looks academic at this point. Okami passes guard into full mount again. He’s not doing much damage or making any moves to really finish though. Belcher struggles, but he can’t mount any offense. Okami gets the back of Belcher. Both hooks are in. Okami swings some punches. Belcher launches an elbow back but Okami is fine. Horn sounds and the fight is in the books.
SCORECARD: Yushin Okami, 10-9. Overall, Yushin Okami, 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Yushin Okami by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
– From Eddie Wineland who won a close split decision against Brad Pickett: “That was a fun fight for me. I’m used to being pretty banged up, but this isn’t any worse than any of my previous fights. Brad hit me harder than anyone ever has and I feel the same about how I hit him. My right hand seems to do the most damage and it worked out well for me tonight. I go in there with confidence and after dropping my first two in the UFC, I’ve won two great fights since and I plan to keep that momentum going.” – Sent by the UFC
– From his opponent Brad Pickett: “I tried to push the fight. He was a tough fight and was able to keep coming in, picking me off and jumping back out of the pocket. He won the fight fair and square. When I heard a split decision being called I thought I might have a chance to win, but I don’t think judges score aggression as much as they do other aspects. If I bring the fight to someone the whole time and they’re running, I feel that people who fight that style should be rewarded for it.” – Sent by the UFC
Middleweight Bout: Tim Boetsch (186 lbs. 16-4) vs. Costa Philippou (186 lbs. 11-2, 1NC)
ROUND ONE: Boetsch moves forward and initiates the clinch against the cage. They trade knees in the clinch. Boetsch shoots in for the takedown and finishes it. Philippou is able to get back to his feet. Philippou is able to separate from the clinch. Boetsch comes in and gets a front kick. He moves in and gets a right uppercut from Philippou. Boetsch is able to keep moving forward though. Boetsch times a double-leg takedown and finishes it. Not much action in the guard. Winslow calls for a break ands stands both guys up. Philippou comes forward with some punches. Boetsch knocks down Philippou back down with a front kick. Philippou recovers though before the end of the round. Close round, but Boetsch managed to steal it at the end.
SCORECARD: Tim Boetsh, 10-9. Overall, Tim Boetsch, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Boetsch ducks under a kick and once again pushes forward with the clinch. Boetsch gets a knee strike on the break. Boetsch is opened up on the forehead likely from an inadvertent head butt. Boetsch shoots in but can’t get the takedown. Boetsch appears to have a broken hand. Philippou gets a punching combination and stays away from a takedown. Looks like Philippou poked Boetsch in the eye by accident. Doctor comes in to check on Boetsch. Boetsch is good to go and they continue. Philippou is able to sprawl over the takedown attempts. Boetsch pulls guard. Philippou now gets to work in the guard. Philippou lands some punches and elbows in the guard. Philippou continues to work from the guard and lands some more elbows before the round ends.
SCORECARD: Costa Philippou, 10-9. Overall, Even, 19-19.
ROUND THREE: Boetsch complains that he can’t see between rounds. His coach Matt Hume tells him to not stop looking for the takedown even if it takes him three times. Philippou sprawls over the takedown attempt again. Philippou goes back into Boetsch’s guard. Philippou lets Boetsch stand back up. Boetsch’s cut is busted open again. Philippou sprawls over the takedown again and stands up from the guard so they stand back up. Boetsch is a bloody mess. Philippou lands some ground and pound strikes and Boetsch eats the punches and isn’t fighting back. Winslow waves the bout off and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Costa Philippou by TKO at 2:11 in Round 3.
– From Derek Brunson who won his UFC debut against original TUF veteran Chris Leben: “I knew the type of fight I was getting myself into when I agreed to the bout. Leben is an all out slugger. I wanted to prove to myself that I could fight this guy and not just wrestle him for the victory. I wanted to go at it with him, but maintain my game plan and fight my fight. I started slowing down in the second round and I feel that’s just a matter of taking the fight and training for it on such short notice. Overall, I feel like I’m getting better, but I know I have a long way to go to compete in the UFC’s middleweight division.” – Sent by the UFC
– From Chris Leben: “Hats off to Derek. He beat me the only way he could. I know what a Jackson’s MMA fighter’s game plan was going to be and those guys have gotten very good at it. Those guys have gotten good at punching while backing up. I let him hit me a few times so that I could counterstrike with him and get him to trade with me, but he was able to just hold me down for the majority of the fight.” – Sent by the UFC
Lightweight Co-Main Event Bout: Joe Lauzon (156 lbs. 22-7) vs. Jim Miller (156 lbs. 21-4)
ROUND ONE: They trade punches. Miller gets an inside legkick and moves forward with some punches. Miller rocks Lauzon with a kick to the body and he moves forward with some big punches against the cage. Miller lands another kick to the body. And Miller moves forward with some more big punches. Lauzon answers back with an uppercut. Miller looks to be having a lot of success with the kick to the body. Miller does not let up with some nasty standing elbow strikes, punches, and dirty boxing. Miller goes for a standing arm triangle choke. Lauzon is able to defend but he has a nasty cut. The doctor checks him out and they restart. Miller stuffs the takedown and lands a big knee. Big high kick by Miller. Crazy pace Miller is setting in this round, I wonder if he can keep it up. They both slip on a kick attempt. This round is crazy. Miller continues to move forward with his offense. Inside legkick by Miller. Lauzon tries to answer back as his face is a bloody mess. They continue standing as the round comes to an end as Lauzon tries to launch a knee attack.
SCORECARD: Jim Miller, 10-9. Overall, Jim Miller, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Lauzon is ready to go it looks like. Let’s see if Miller can keep up the aggression for the next two rounds. Miller shoots in and gets the takedown. Closed full-guard. Miller keeps the top position. Miller transitions to the half-guard. Miller passes to full mount briefly. Rogan says Lauzon is basically donating blood for like three people right now. Miller looks to try for a D’arce choke. Lauzon is able to sweep the position to the top. Referee calls for a time out. The referee calls for scissors because the tape is loose on Lauzon’s glove. Back to the closed guard. Miller pulls rubber guard. Lauzon lifts Miller up and slams him but it does nothing. They scramble and Lauzon goes for a leglock! Miller escapes and gets out. Miller grabs a leg and Lauzon sprawls as the round comes to an end. Lauzon is beat up, but it looks like Miller might be starting to tire. It was close but Lauzon might’ve stolen it at the end.
SCORECARD: Joe Lauzon, 10-9. Overall, Joe Lauzon, 10-9.
ROUND THREE: Miller trips up Lauzon with an inside legkick. Miller is looking tired now. Lauzon gets a punch to the midsection. Lauzon gets tripped down with an inside legkick again. Miller lets Lauzon get back up. Miller throws some straight elbow strikes and a knee to the abdomen. Lauzon stays up and continues trying to move forward. Miller does the kick to the inside of the leg again. Short left hand by Miller. Knee to the body by Lauzon. Miller returns fire. Miller tries to kick the inside of the leg again. They trade strikes in the clinch again. Miller moves forward with some punches and Lauzon is starting to look like Leatherface. Both guys are clearly fatigued but fighting with everything they have. Left hand by Miller off the separation. Miller looks to be landing more of his punches. Really gutsy performance by both guys. Lauzon grabs a leg and goes for an anklelock. He loses it but goes for a guillotine choke. Not enough time left and we are going to the judges’ scorecards. Tough call but Miller was dominating most of the round and landed way more.
SCORECARD: Jim Miller, 10-9. Overall, Jim Miller, 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jim Miller by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
– Miller is with Rogan. Miller knew he would have to give Lauzon everything he had because he’s one of the best of the division. Miller said he was hoping the doctors wouldn’t stop the fight. Miller said the leglock was close and it was a good move. This was a great fight. Lauzon put on a gutsy and amazing performance the way he fought through that beating and punishment, but anybody who booed Miller should really be ashamed of themselves.
– From Yushin Okami after his win second UFC win over Alan Belcher: “My game plan was to use all the tools that Team Quest taught me. The wrestling, striking and the clinch game were all successfully implemented in this fight to defeat Belcher. Belcher is a very tough opponent and I feel that a win over Belcher should allow me to keep challenging more of the top guys in the middleweight division.” – Sent by the UFC
– From Costa Philippou who won his fifth consecutive UFC fight tonight with his TKO stoppage over Tim Boetsch: “I expected to win this fight, but not like this. I made a few rookie mistakes in letting him take me down, but once we started trading blows back and forth later in the fight I had him. I was eventually able to get the better of him in the striking game and have the fight stopped. My teammate, Chris Weidman, was supposed to have this fight originally, but he was injured. Fortunately, I was ready and figured that it might as well be a teammate who replaced him and it all worked out in the end.” – Sent by the UFC
Main Event Five Round UFC Heavyweight Championship Bout: Junior dos Santos © (239 lbs. 15-1) vs. Cain Velasquez (240 lbs. 10-1)
ROUND ONE: Velasquez aggressively comes in and shoots for the takedown. JDS defends and quickly gets back up! JDS stuffs another takedown attempt. Right hand by JDS. Straight left jab by Velasquez. JDS punches Cain who drops down and grabs the leg, but JDS slips out. JDS continues to slip out of the takedown attempts. JDS picks his shots. Cain finds his way in with a right hand. Cain tries move forward with his punches and a kick to the body, but JDS is easily slipping out of his single-leg takedown attempts. Cain comes forward with some punches and knees to the body. They clinch up against the cage. JDS breaks and circles out. Outside legkick by Cain. Cain keeps moving forward with punches to the head and body. Cain drops Velasquez with a right hand. Cain swarms on him and JDS looks hurt! JDS covers up. Cain continues to punch him, but JDS gets back up. JDS gets dropped again and now Cain is taking over. Cain has top position on JDS back and clubs him as the round comes to an end.
SCORECARD: Cain Velasquez, 10-9. Overall, Cain Velasquez, 10-9.
ROUND TWO: Velasquez swarms in and gets the takedown. Ground and pound by Cain. Velasquez gets JDS’ back. JDS is able to stand back up. Velasquez comes forward and takes JDS to the mat yet again. JDS stands back up and they separate. Velasquez is taking down JDS whenever he wants now. Cain gets his back and swings some haymaker punches. Velasquez keeps JDS on the mat. JDS gets back to his feet but he’s not able to mount any offense. Back down to the mat they go. Velasquez going for an armbar! JDS has the arms clasped. JDS slips out and gets back up. Velasquez tees off on JDS against the cage before the round ends. JDS is just getting creamed here, but there are still three rounds to go.
SCORECARD: Cain Velasquez, 10-8. Overall, Cain Velasquez, 20-17.
ROUND THREE: Mike Tyson is in the building. JDS lands an uppercut. JDS lands another and a shot to the body. He can’t stop the takedown though. JDS stands back up though. They separate. They trade punches and Cain continues moving forward. JDS slips away from another takedown attempt. Action is starting to slow down now. JDS lands a knee, but Cain eats it and continues to throw punches on JDS. Neither of these guys look to be going down. The chin on JDS is ridiculous. JDS is able to defend against another takedown. Cain separates and lands another right hook. They continue trading before the end of the round.
SCORECARD: Cain Velasquez, 10-9. Overall, Cain Velasquez, 30-26.
ROUND FOUR: Here we go for round four. Cain misses on a head kick. He lands on a legkick though. JDS can’t mount any strong enough offense though. Cain corners JDS against the cage and gets a big right hand. They work in the clinch and separate again. Cain just dumps JDS with another single-leg takedown. JDS works back up to his feet. Cain fires in a straight left uppercut followed by some rights and continues to stalk and pressure JDS. JDS’ face is tremendously swollen now. They are stuck against the cage again. JDS lands an elbow strike on the separation. They make some light exchanges and clinched back up against the fence at the end of the round.
SCORECARD: Cain Velasquez, 10-9. Overall, Cain Velasquez, 40-35.
ROUND FIVE: Last round. JDS defends another takedown. JDS circles away from Velasquez. JDS stops another takedown attempt. JDS separates and lands an overhand right. JDS defends another takedown and misses with a swing. Cain continues to look for the takedown and eventually gets it. Cain has JDS’ back. JDS stands back up and they are up against the cage. Less than two minutes to go now. JDS defends another takedown attempt. Velasquez continues pushing the pressure forward. JDS’ face is a mess. Less than a minute to go now. They separate from a clinch with a big head kick by Cain. JDS eats it but doesn’t go down. Not much longer and time runs out as Cain Velasquez has re-captured his heavyweight title.
SCORECARD: Cain Velasquez, 10-9. Overall, Cain Velasquez, 50-44.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Cain Velasquez by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44).
– Cain says this is the greatest fight he’s ever been through. Cain says the victory feels very good and that the name of the game is getting better. He calls this his Christmas present.
– Rogan is now with Cigano who loses in the UFC for the first time. JDS says Cain’s game very effective and tonight he was better than me. JDS congratulates Cain. JDS promises he will come back and get the belt again.
– From Jim Miller after winning a bloody war with Joe Lauzon: “Joe Lauzon is a tough kid. I knew I was going to have to bring my best effort to put him away and I was never able to. That’s how good he is on the ground. And even in the last minute, look what he was trying to do to win the fight. I’m pleased with this win and I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym again.” – Sent by the UFC
– And Joe Lauzon’s comments: “I’m feeling a little sore, but what else would you expect from a fight like that? Miller is a great fighter and I knew that coming in to this. His game plan was just as we expected, a few more takedowns, but he was able to get the win tonight.”
– Some comments from the new two time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez: “I knew that Junior was a tough striker and he was able to end our last fight that way, so I was prepared for him this time. I was able to effectively use my striking and my grappling to control him throughout the fight and get the title back.”
– Junior dos Santos comments on the first loss of his UFC career: “Velasquez is a tough opponent. His grappling is great and tonight his striking was great as well. Congratulations to him on his victory.”
-That is all for UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II. Thanks for joining us. But the night isn’t over. Please join us for the post-fight press conference and coverage.