Mike Goldberg called the Junior dos Santos/Cain Velasquez trilogy the “greatest trilogy in the history of mixed martial arts”. I’ll give Goldie a pass this time. He obviously either said it in the heat of the moment or he was trying to sell Saturday night’s fight.
What everyone watching UFC 166 saw in the main event is what was seen in the first two JDS/Cain fights: domination. In the first fight in November 2011 on the first ever UFC on Fox, dos Santos knocked Velasquez out in only a minute and four seconds to dethrone Velasquez, giving him his first ever loss.
Last December, we got the rematch and Velasquez dominated dos Santos for five full rounds, wearing him out and manhandling him throughout the entire fight, winning his title (yep, not the title; his title) back via unanimous decision. Last night, much of the same, complete and utter domination, and he finished dos Santos off by landing uncontested strikes before referee Herb Dean stopped the fight.
Ladies and gentlemen, I mean no disrespect to Junior dos Santos as he’s the class of the heavyweight division, but if JDS is the class of the heavyweight division, Cain is the god of it. JDS showed a lot of heart, but Cain was a one man wrecking crew, and I honestly believe that one day he’ll be one of the all-time greats, because at this point I can’t imagine him dropping the title anytime soon with the way he’s fighting. Also, this fight was marketed as the third and final fight between the two, but as I said in my last post involving predictions, I can imagine a fourth fight between the two down the line considering their youth (Cain – 31; JDS – 29).
Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson was a snoozer. I simply cannot take “Big Country” seriously when every opponent he faces knows how to beat him and abuse his cardio (or lack thereof): wear him down, and wear him down some more. Cormier hit Nelson with punches that would knock out the average man. Knocking out Roy Nelson is like finding Big Foot. Good luck on that. Cormier moves on, and I wonder if he’ll move to light heavyweight to fight Alexander Gustafsson. That would be the biggest challenge out there for Cormier right now, at least an initial one, if he wants to prove something to me since his debut in the UFC was against an aging, overwrought Frank Mir and his competition from Saturday night was an overwhelmed Roy Nelson. Not impressed.
Before the Cormier/Nelson letdown, Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez put on an absolute show. Listen, if you aren’t a Diego Sanchez fan, just leave my blog and quit watching mixed martial arts, because there’s nothing that can be done for you as a lost cause. A five round war between two big time lightweights. Melendez had just come off a title fight against former lightweight champion Benson Henderson in April, and he rose to the occasion on Saturday night. Mad respect and props to both fighters. I can’t wait to rewatch this one.
Gabriel Gonzaga knocked Shawn Jordan out in the first round and now that’s a duo of wins (in a row) via knockout for him. He knocked out Dave Herman in 17 seconds during the prelims of UFC 162 back in July.
What can be said about John Dodson beating up on Darrell Montague? Coming off a flyweight title fight against Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, he viciously knocked out Montague in the first round with a left hook that sent Montague dropping face first to the canvas.
I’m not sure where I’d rank this card on the year. I’ll let you know after Silva/Weidman II.