“UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II” took place Saturday inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A heavyweight rematch between reigning champion Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez headlined the show. Lightweights Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller served as the co-featured attraction.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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John Moraga Defeated Chris Cariaso via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:11 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: The flyweights are exchanging leg kicks early. Moraga getting the better of the standup battle thus far. He picks Cariaso up and drops him on the canvas, though allows him back up. Moraga’s strategy appears to be to counter. Cariaso lands a kick to the ribs. He follows up with a nice combo. Close round. Cariaso, 10-9.
2ndRound: Moraga has him clinched against the cage. Cariaso eats a short elbow and knee to the grill. Cariaso trips to the mat after a failed head kick. Moraga stood over him, but doesn’t try to keep him there. Cariaso gets a body lock and takes Moraga down. That may have won Cariaso another close frame. Cariaso, 10-9.
3rdRound: Moraga scores with a combo to start off the final stanza. Cariaso has him clinched against the cage. Moraga reverses and slaps on a front choke on an unsuspecting Cariaso. It looks like a standing arm-in guillotine choke. What a rally by Moragao.
Max Holloway Defeated Leonard Garcia Defeated via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Gotta believe this is do or die for Leonard Garcia. Unless he gets the Dan Hardy treatment, of course. Holloway doing a good job of maximizing his reach advantage by unleashing leg kicks. Garcia eats a left hand and hits the canvas for a brief moment. Holloway scores with a left hook to the mug. Garcia answers with a big right hand that stuns the youngster. Holloway tags him with a spinning back-kick to the midsection. Garcia comes firing back with a flurry of rights. Holloway, 10-9.
2ndRound: Friendly reminder, Holloway took this scrap on two weeks notice. Arrant knee by Holloway and Garcia capitalizes by picking him up and slamming him to the ground. Holloway bounces right back up. Garcia connects with a one-two combo. He clocks Holloway with a big right hook. Garcia, 10-9.
3rdRound: I wouldn’t be surprised if some judges had Garcia up 2-0 heading into the final frame. Holloway nails him with a knee to the stomach. Garcia doing what he does, charges forward unfazed. Holloway lands a right hand, but Garcia comes firing back. Garcia had stood in the center of the Octagon and dictated the pace of the entire fight. Garcia plants him on his back. Holloway wiggles free. Good for Garcia, he’s competing like his UFC career depends on it. It will probably pay off with a decision victory. Garcia, 10-9, and likely won, 29-28.
Todd Duffee Defeated Phil DeFries via TKO (Punches) at 2:04 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Duffee takes his legs out with a vicious kick. Duffee is bringing the pain. DeFries weathers the storm and plants Duffee on his back. Duffee blocks several violent punches with his face. Duffee gets to his feet and comes storming back. Duffee stuns him with a right uppercut. He’s giving him the business now. DeFries finally drops to the mat. It’s a wrap. Welcome back, Todd Duffee.
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Myles Jury Defeated Michael Johnson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Both lightweights have been feeling each other out for the first two minutes, so the crowd starts to boo. Jury scores a takedown. Jury is pounding away on Johnson’s dome. Jury is putting on a clinic on the canvas. He tries a rear-naked choke, but Johnson is saved by the bell. Jury, 10-9.
2ndRound: Jury tags him with a head kick. Johnson appears very tentative on his feet, not wanting to make another mistake and get taken down again. So much for that, Jury catches an arrant kick and plants Johnson on his back. He’s not doing anything devastating, but just enough to maintain control. Jury, 10-9.
3rdRound: Johnson comes out with a much greater sense of urgency. Jury has him clinched against the cage and easily trips him to the mat with four minutes to work. He’s looking to transition to full mount, though Johnson doing a nice job of defending. That’s about all Johnson has been doing this entire fight … defending. Jury is simply schooling him. Jury, 10-9, and runs the table, 30-27.
Jamie Varner Defeated Melvin Guillard via Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
1stRound: Guillard is punishing his legs early. The crowd is getting anxious. Varner’s takedown attempt gets stuffed. Varner is firing away and appears to have stunned his opponent. He slaps on a guillotine choke just as the horn blares. Slow-paced round until the final seconds. Varner, 10-9.
2ndRound: Varner charges ahead and puts him on his back. Guillard fights to his feet and lands a knee as they separate. Varner eats a head kick. Guillard lands an uppercut, Varner counters with a right hook. Varner plants him on his back again. Guillard gets loose. Varner tags him with a big right hand. Guillard takes a kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Varner, 10-9.
3rdRound: Guillard comes out like a house on fire. Varner takes advantage of his aggressiveness and takes him down again. Varner tries a Peruvian necktie choke that costs him top position. Varner gets to his feet and puts his opponent back down. Guillard fights back up, though is put right back down with the greatest of ease. Guillard attempts an armbar from off his back. He now reverses to top position. Varner sweeps and regains dominant control. Guillard wiggles free. Varner tries for another takedown, he picks Guillard up and drops him on his head. As they fall, Varner’s head is caught between “The Young Assassin’s” legs, but the final horn blares. Varner, 10-9, and likely runs the table, 30-27.
Erik Perez Defeated Byron Bloodworth via TKO (Strikes) at 3:50 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Perez comes out fast, has him clinched against the cage. Bloodworth lands some knees to the midsection. Perez answers with a short elbow. Perez drops him with a knee to the stomach. Solid ground-and-pound by Perez, highlighted by a barrage of elbows. He’s really giving Bloodworth the business now. Game. Set. Match, Perez.
Eddie Wineland Defeated Brad Pickett via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
1stRound: Solid right hook by Wineland. Pickett eats another right. Pickett finally scores with a left. Wineland temporarily dropped him with a vicious right hand. He tags Pickett again as he gets back up. Wineland is winning the standup , battle, stunning Pickett two more times with pinpoint shots. Pickett tries a takedown to no avail. Wineland, 10-9.
2ndRound: Wineland’s hands look crisp. Not much action in the middle frame, and the crowd is none too pleased. Close round to score because neither fighter landed much. Wineland, 10-9.
3rdRound: Pickett attacking with a greater sense of urgency, but hasn’t connected on anything significant. The action has slowed drastically since the opening stanza. Pickett, 10-9, but likely lost the contest, 29-28.
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Derek Brunson Defeated Chris Leben via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Brunson plants his opponent on his back in less than a minute. Leben attempts an armbar from his back, but Brunson picks him up and slams him off. After a brief scramble, Brunson ends up in full mount. Leben moves him back to full-guard, but eats a big elbow for his troubles. Brunson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Brunson gets double under-hooks and is working hard for another takedown. Leben manages to throw him off this time. Brunson scores with a powerful takedown. Leben gets to his feet. Brunson’s punches are coming out much slower than earlier. Leben has to notice how winded his opposition is. Both middleweights appear to be moving in slow motion at the moment. Brunson, 10-9.
3rdRound: Leben comes out smiling as if he knows something we don’t. Brunson has him staring up at the lights and has four minutes to work. Leben wiggles free. “The Crippler” is on the attack, but he might not have the energy to rally. Crowd voicing its displeasure. Leben tags him with a left, then gets slammed down for good measure. Brunson, 10-9, and likely swept the cards, 30-27.
Yushin Okami Defeated Alan Belcher via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Belcher slips on a head kick attempt and Okami pounces. He has Belcher clinched against the fence. He tries to trip Belcher to the mat, but ends up on the bottom after a scramble. Belcher almost catches him in a guillotine choke on the way down. Okami is now in top position unloading some ground-and-pound. Okami transitions to side control. Okami, 10-9.
2ndRound: Second verse, same as the first: Okami tries to trip him to the mat, Belcher fails on a guillotine choke on the way down and Okami ends up on top. The ref stands them up, despite the fact Okami was in a dominant side control position. Okami drags him back to the canvas. They get stood up once again. Crowd boos out of boredom. Okami, 10-9.
3rdRound: Belcher briefly floors him with a right hand. Belcher now trips him to the ground and lands in full mount. He advances to his back. Okami fights to his feet and scores another takedown. He moves to full mount. Boos rain down as the bell rings. Okami, 10-9, and cruises, 30-27.
Constantinos Philippou Defeated Tim Boetsch TKO (Punches) at 2:11 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Boetsch clinches him against the cage. Philippou gets right back up. Solid right overhand by Philippou. He follows up with an uppercut as Boetsch charges forward. Boetsch lands a takedown in the center of the Octagon and has one minute to work. They get stood up due to inactivity. Philippou lands a couple of solid punches against the fence. Boetsch knocks him down with a front kick to the chest. Boetsch, 10-9.
2ndRound: Boetsch working hard for a takedown against the fence. He tags Philippou with a knee to the stomach. Blood is dripping down the center of Boetsch’s face from an accidental headbutt. Boetsch’s right hand might be broken and that’s why he’s so determined to drag this scrap to the ground. Boetsch takes an accidental eye poke and time is called. Game on. Boetsch pulls guard. Philippou, 10-9.
3rdRound: Boetsch shoots from across the cage and Philippou greets him with a right hand. Boetsch pulls guard and Philippou lets him back up. Boetsch’s face is gushing blood. Boetsch is pretty much defenseless: he can’t see from the eye poke and blood and his right haymaker is likely busted. Philippou is pounding on him and the fight is called.
Jim Miller Defeated Joe Lauzon via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Miller comes out firing, landing knees and several short elbows. Miller tags him with a few more punches in the clinch. Lauzon finally responds with some shots of his own. Miller is laying the lumber. He tries a standing arm triangle choke to no avail. Time is called to check the blood that’s gushing from Lauzon’s face. Game on. Miller is relentless with his assault. Lauzon nails him with a knee to the midsection that backs Miller up. Miller looks spectacular. Miller, 10-9.
2ndRound: The cut is on the inside of Lauzon’s left eyebrow. It’s already bleeding. Despite dominating him in the standup game, Miller takes him down for some reason. He advances to full mount. The canvas is covered with Lauzon’s blood. Lauzon reverses. Time is called to cut the loose tape from Lauzon’s glove. Game on. Lauzon attempts a leg lock, but it’s too slippery from his own blood. Miller, 10-9.
3rdRound: Miller takes his legs out with a kick. He clobbers Lauzon with another inside leg kick. Lauzon is taking a licking and keeps on ticking. Miller eats a knee and appears wobbly. Lauzon dives for a leg and is attempting an ankle lock. He now tries a front choke, but runs out of time. Lauzon, 10-9, but probably lost, 29-28. This has got to be ‘Fight of the Night.’
Cain Velasquez Defeated Junior dos Santos via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44) (Velasquez captures UFC heavyweight title)
1stRound: As promised, Velasquez comes out much more aggressive in the rematch. He gets a takedown, but dos Santos gets right back up. Velasquez has since tried three takedowns and has come up empty. Solid left hand by dos Santos. The champ is trickling blood from his nose. Velasquez really working his jab. Velasquez drops him with a right and pounces. Dos Santos is eating numerous shots to the dome, but nothing too devastating on the ground. “Cigano” survives the round. Velasquez, 10-9.
2ndRound: Velasquez picks up right where he left off. Velasquez comes out firing and immediately scores a takedown. Dos Santos gets back up for a brief moment. Dos Santos fights to his feet, but is dazed and confused. Velasquez resumes his mauling with another takedown. Dos Santos gets to his feet, though is led right back down. He tosses Velasquez off and almost gets caught in an armbar. They are back standing. Dos Santos has nothing to offer. Velasquez, 10-9.
3rdRound: Dos Santos’ mug is jacked. It appeared as though he had some more pep in his step, but Velasquez secures another easy takedown. Dos Santos battles to his feet. Velasquez nails him with a right hand. Dos Santos tags him with a knee to the midsection, then Velasquez answers with a one-two combo. Despite his staggered state, dos Santos continues to battle. Velasquez, 10-9.
4thRound: Dos Santos connects on two big body shots. Velasquez scores a brief takedown. Dos Santos gets taken down again. The heavyweights are back to their feet. Velasquez nails him with a one-two combo. Dos Santos answers with a big right hook. And another. Velasquez, 10-9.
5thRound: Velasquez eats a body shot. This fight should have ended a while ago, props to dos Santos’ warrior spirit. Velasquez lands a takedown with two minutes remaining. Dos Santos back to his feet with 50 ticks left. Velasquez clocks him one final time in the dome for good measure. Velasquez, 10-9, and sweeps the cards, 50-45.