“UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos” took place Saturday night inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The event featured a heavyweight title bout between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. The 265-pound affair was the only fight that aired during FOX’s hour-long broadcast.
A thrilling lightweight scrap with Clay Guida and Ben Henderson served as the card’s co-main event.
Here is the official roster for tonight’s extravaganza:
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Aaron Rosa Defeated Matt Lucas via Majority Decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26)
1stRound: Lucas gets him to the mat for a split second. Not too much action to start the highly-anticipated event. Lucas has Rosa pressed against the fence. Rosa tags him with several knees to the body while in the clinch. Rosa, 10-9.
2ndRound: Rosa gets tripped to the canvas momentarily. Lucas has him pressed against the cage again. Lucas tags him with a right hook. Lucas gets a point deducted for letting his mouthpiece fall out for a third time. Rosa, 10-8.
3rdRound: Lucas is pushing forward, but he’s eating countless knees in the process. Lucas drops his mouthpiece again. Rosa has him pressed against the fence and unleashing short punches. Not the most thrilling scrap in MMA history. Rosa, 30-26.
Mike Pierce Defeated Paul Bradley via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Pierce takes the center of the cage and tags Bradley with a big right hand. Pierce connects on a solid leg kick and one-two combination. Bradley gets a takedown for a second, but takes his back when Pierce gets to his feet. Pierce gets free and nails him with a two-punch combo. Close round, but I got Pierce, 10-9.
2ndRound: A lot of clinching in the middle stanza. Pierce scores with some dirty boxing. Bradley stuffs a takedown attempt. Pierce clocks him with an overhand right. Bradley fails on a takedown attempt. Pierce, 10-9.
3rdRound: Pierce comes out with a flurry to start the final round. Bradley answers with a left hook. Pierce clips him with a right hook of his own. Bradley gets a takedown and is trying to transition to his back, while Pierce hits him with hammer-fists and elbows. Pierce gets to his feet. Pierce, 10-9 and wins the fight, 30-27.
Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres Defeated Cole Escovedo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Do-or-die for Caceres and he starts with a front kick to the chest. Caceres connects on a leg kick. He grazes Escovedo with a spinning back-fist, drawing the loudest roar from the crowd thus far. Caceres tags him with a switch kick to the dome. Escovedo takes a kick to the groin, and charges forward in anger and drops Caceres with a head kick. It didn’t land clean. Caceres, 10-9.
2ndRound: Caceres takes him to the canvas, but Escovedo can’t keep him there. This is the best Caceres has looked inside the Octagon, diversifying his attack very nicely. Caceres, 10-9.
3rdRound: Escovedo finally gets a takedown, but Caceres goes for a triangle choke. He transitions to an armbar, and now an omoplata. Nothing comes of it, though. Escovedo knees Caceres in the face as he gets to his feet. Caceres kicks him in the face. Escovedo secures a takedown and takes his back. Caceres, 10-9 and sweeps on the cards, 30-27.
Robert Peralta Defeated Mackens Semerzier via TKO (Punches) at 1:54 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Peralta takes a shot to the groin and time is called. Game on. Semerzier knees him twice in the midsection. He drops Peralta with a right hand after catching a kick. Semerzier gets a takedown and is standing over him trying to unload bombs. Semerzier, 10-9.
2ndRound: Peralta immediately floors him with a right and is dropping big shots. Semerzier appears to have recovered. Peralta seems to have gained quite a bit of confidence. Sparring session for the rest of the round. Peralta, 10-9.
3rdRound: Semerzier gets rocked with what appeared to be a right hand. Peralta drops numerous shots to the noggin and the fight is called. However, on the replay it shows Semerzier and Peralta butt heads and that’s what caused him to drop like a rock.
Darren Uyenoyama Defeated Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
1stRound: Yamamoto drags him to the ground, but Uyenoyama gets back to his feet for a second. Yamamoto impressively hip tosses him back to the canvas. Uyenoyama catches a head kick and takes him down. He transitions to his back with a minute to go. Uyenoyama locks in a rear-naked choke, but Yamamoto rides it out until the horn sounds. Uyenoyama, 10-9.
2ndRound: Yamamoto immediately gets put on his back. Uyenoyama takes his back and locks in a body triangle. He’s going for another rear-naked choke, but Yamamoto is fending off pretty well for now. Uyenoyama, 10-9.
3rdRound: Uyenoyama pulls guard and gets mission control. Yamamoto manages to wiggle free and they are back up. Yamamoto has him clinched against the fence, but can’t get much going. This might be the last UFC fans will see of Yamamoto. Uyenoyama, 10-9 and takes all three rounds, 30-27.
DaMarques Johnson Defeated Clay Harvison via TKO (Punch) at 1:34 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Johnson drops him with a vicious left hook and celebrates before the referee steps in because he knew how nasty it was. It’s a wrap.
Ricardo Lamas Defeated Cub Swanson via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 2:16 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Both fighters exchange leg kicks in the opening ticks. Swanson gets put on his back, but he’s going for an arm-in guillotine choke. Lamas tries to take him down, but ends up on the bottom. Swanson tries a scissors choke to no avail. Swanson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Lamas takes him down in less than a minute. Swanson is staying active off his back by going for numerous submission attempts. Lamas moves to side control and locks in a tight arm-triangle choke. Swanson is forced to cry uncle.
Dustin Poirier Defeated Pablo Garza via Submission (D’arce Choke) at 1:32 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Garza doing a good job at keeping Poirier at bay with leg kicks. Poirier catches a kick and trips him to the mat. Garza returns the favor and almost locked in a knee bar on the scramble. Garza lands another kick to the groin and time is called. Game on. Poirier charges forward and gets him down. Some ground-and-pound by Poirier. Poirier, 10-9.
2ndRound: Garza throwing everything at him, but nothing connects. Poirier puts him on the canvas. Poirier attempting a D’arce choke and gets it. Game. Set. Match, Poirier. That was nice.
Ben Henderson Defeated Clay Guida via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: They are swinging for the fences and Henderson floors him. Guida has recovered and is going for a single-leg takedown. Guida charges forward and drops Henderson with a right hand. He goes for a guillotine choke, but Henderson manages to fend him off. Henderson answers with some kicks to end the round. Close, but I give it to Henderson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Henderson scores with a knee to the sternum to start the 2ndRound. Guida goes for a takedown and almost gets caught in a guillotine choke. Nothing comes of it. Henderson now gets Guida down. They are clinching against the cage and Guida lands a knee. Henderson returns the favor. Henderson was working hard for a takedown, but Guida is the one that ends up on top. Guida just misses with a huge spinning back-fist. Guida tries a standing guillotine, but Henderson gets free and takes his back with a body triangle. Crazy round, but I’ll give it to Henderson, 10-9. Both rounds were very close.
3rdRound: Henderson throwing a lot of kicks, but noting significant connects. He has Guida clinched against the cage, as Guida drives forward for an unsuccessful takedown attempt. Henderson leads him to the canvas and ends up in side control. Henderson scrambles and takes his back. Guida fights free and they collide to the mat. Guida attempts a guillotine, but Henderson escapes. Henderson ends up on top and unloads some shots as the scrap ends. That was another close round. FIGHT OF THE NIGHT. Henderson, 10-9 and should have earned a title shot against lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. #Irony #AnthonyPettis #WEC
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Junior dos Santos Defeated Cain Velasquez via KO (Punches) at 1:04 in the 1stRound (dos Santos becomes new UFC heavyweight champion)
1stRound: Dos Santos drops Velasquez with a violent overhand right and pounces. The strike connected directly on Velasquez’s left ear. After unloading several bombs to the dome, the 265-pound affair is called.