Since suffering a 64-second knockout in their first meeting,
Velasquez has dominated the Brazilian in nearly all 48 minutes of
their subsequent rematches. Their Oct. 19 encounter at UFC 166 was
not unlike the main event of UFC 155, with Velasquez giving little
ground for dos Santos to unload with his powerful boxing. The
champion’s close-quarters brutality -- and eventual fifth-round
stoppage after dumping dos Santos on his head to defend a choke --
proved without a doubt what most already believed: Velasquez is
simply on another level from the rest of the Ultimate Fighting
Championship heavyweight division.
Velasquez’s American Kickboxing Academy teammate, Daniel
Cormier, also solidified his reputation as a top-tier big man
at UFC 166 with a three-round pummeling of Roy Nelson.
Cormier’s spot in the heavyweight top 10 may soon be vacant,
however, as the former Olympic wrestler has announced plans to move
down to 205 pounds in the near future.
UFC 166 was full of fights with possible title implications. At the
other end of the scale, John Dodson
made his case for another title shot by drubbing former Tachi
Palace Fights champ Darrell
Montague, while Gilbert
Melendez maintained his spot near the top of the lightweight
heap with a unanimous decision win in a thriller with Diego