“UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos” took place Saturday night inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
After receiving months of unprecedented hype, it only took Junior dos Santos 64 seconds to dethrone Cain Velasquez and capture the heavyweight crown.
In the card’s co-featured contest, Ben Henderson solidified his lightweight top contender status by posting a unanimous decision win over Clay Guida. Henderson now challenges champion Frankie Edgar for his belt in Japan on February 26th.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Aaron Rosa Defeated Matt Lucas via Majority Decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26)
Mike Pierce Defeated Paul Bradley via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres Defeated Cole Escovedo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Robert Peralta Defeated Mackens Semerzier via TKO (Punches) at 1:54 in the 3rdRound
Darren Uyenoyama Defeated Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
DaMarques Johnson Defeated Clay Harvison via TKO (Punch) at 1:34 in the 1stRound
Ricardo Lamas Defeated Cub Swanson via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 2:16 in the 2ndRound
Dustin Poirier Defeated Pablo Garza via Submission (D’arce Choke) at 1:32 in the 2ndRound
Ben Henderson Defeated Clay Guida via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Junior dos Santos Defeated Cain Velasquez via KO (Punches) at 1:04 in the 1stRound (dos Santos becomes new UFC heavyweight champion)
Fight of the Night:
Ben Henderson and Clay Guida ($65,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Ricardo Lamas ($65,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Junior dos Santos ($65,000)
Dana White reported 14,019 fans packed the arena, garnering the company a $1.1 million live gate.
Velasquez has no complaints about his stoppage.
White makes it clear that their FOX deal doesn’t actually begin until January 2012. Says it went seamlessly.
Dos Santos said he hurt his knee prior to the fight.
Ben Henderson says he can do a lot better than what we saw tonight, but he’ll take a win any way he can get it.
Velasquez said he didn’t want to force anything. His game plan was to go for the takedown if it was there.
White took a ‘we’ll see what happens’ approach regarding Cain and JDS rematch. The heavyweight division is stacked.
White confirmed that Henderson vs. Edgar title bout will take place February in Japan. The 155-pound affair will headline the show.
White estimates that 60 million people watched JDS win the heavyweight title in Brazil.
Dos Santos predicts Brock Lesnar will beat Alistair Overeem.
White claims Brazil is becoming “our new Canada.”