100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. John Dodson - 94.9
2. Adlan Amagov - 93.6
3. Hector Lombard - 93.3
4. Diego Sanchez - 93.2
5. Gilbert Melendez - 93.0
6. Cain Velasquez - 92.7
7. Andre Fili - 92.5
8. Gabriel Gonzaga - 92.4
9. Kyoji Horiguchi - 92.2
10. Daniel Cormier - 92.0
UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3
Location: Houston, Texas
Elevation: 43'
-Fight of the Night-
Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez
Fighters & Matches 90.6
Top 10 Fighters 93.0
TOTAL 91.8
     Hell yeah! I don't generally get into the smaller fighters, because they don't have any power, so it's always nice seeing a guy like Horiguchi make his UFC debut, and beat the shit out of someone with hard punches. Dustin Pague always impresses me, because his Jiu-Jitsu skills are REALLY good, but I believe this puts him into a 4 fight losing streak if I'm not mistaken, and that's obviously not very promising for his UFC career. So... Good luck Dustin Pague, and welcome to the UFC Kyogi Horiguchi!
      I've never seen Andre Fili fight before, but this was pretty awesome. He cut down to 149 from 178 with only 10 days notice to take this fight. So he missed weight, which sucks, but he beat the living shit out of Jeremy Larson, leaving Larson a bloody mess early in the second round. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on Andre Fili. If he can fight like this, with only 10 days notice and a 30 pound weight cut, I can't wait to see what he's like when he actually has a proper training camp.
(Brabo Choke)
      This was a nice quick fight between two decent fighters. Nothing special usually, but this time around, Ferguson seemed to be winning the striking game, and Rio kept shooting in for takedowns, and the entire fight was basically just 2 minutes of Ferguson setting up the D'Arce choke, which he finally locked on in just under 2 minutes. Good clean fight. Good job Ferguson.
      Yeah! Adlan Amagov is a fucking BEAST! He threw a few really strong spinning kicks to the body, that knocked the wind out of Waldburger, and after they clinched up for a minute or so, Amagov started throwing HARD hooks to the head from inside the clinch, knocking Waldburger to the ground, and then he started raining down magical bombs from the sky, knocking Waldburger completely unconscious on the ground. Awesome win for Adlan Amagov!
      Maybe I let my bias get in the way of the way I scored this fight? But I gave Sotiropoulos the first 2 rounds, and I gave Noons the third round. The judges saw it the exact opposite way though, and ended up giving the fight to Noons via unanimous decision. Sotiropoulos is one of my favorite submission fighters in the UFC, so I was disappointed that he kept the fight standing for pretty much the entire fight. It was a pretty solid boxing match, and Sotiropoulos had the clear advantage with kicks, but whatever. That makes 4 losses in a row for Sotiropoulos, so is he finished in the UFC now? I sure hope not. I still couldn't care less about K.J. Noons though.
      I sort of have mixed feelings about this fight. It was a pretty good brawl between two UFC newcomers. I've seen Kaufman get destroyed by Rousey before, but I wasn't familiar with Jessica Eye. I gave the first round to Eye, the second round I gave SLIGHTLY to Kaufman, but it could have gone either way, and Kaufman clearly won the third round, by nearly knocking out Eye. With that being said, in the end, OVERALL, I had the fight basically scored as a draw, so it could have gone either way. Congratulations to Jessica Eye for her successful UFC debut.
      Hector Lombard IN THE HOUSE!!! I've always been a fan of this guy, but when his cardio is poor, he kind of sucks. BUT MAN! He just cut down from 185 to take this 170 fight with Marquardt, and he hurt Marquardt in under 2 minutes, with some brutal punches, knocking Nate unconscious. Hector Lombard is to punching, what Rousimar Palhares is to leg locks. This fight was fucking awesome!
      This was one hell of a brawl! To be honest, starting out, I had C.B. Dollaway winning the first two rounds, his striking looked crisp, he was aggressive, and he showed good grappling too. After two BRUTAL eye pokes in the third round though, a point was taken away from C.B. Dollaway due to the fouls, and Boetsch proceeded to kick Dollaway's ass for the entire third round. In the end, I believe this fight was PROBABLY a draw due to the way the UFC scores things, but I wanted Boetsch to win, and he did, so I'm 100% happy. I can't help but feel weird about the judge that tried to give all 3 rounds to Dollaway though.
      Fuck yeah! I really don't like watching 125 pound fights, but John Dodson is the FUCKING MAN! He blasted Montague in the jaw repeatedly in this face, causing his face to look crippled, and I seriously though he was going to take Montague's head off. Eventually, after nearly knocking him out, slamming him once, punishing him with BRUTAL punches, and eventually taking his time to calculate his attack, John Dodson knocked Montague unconscious with a BRUTAL left hand. John Dodson is hands down my favorite fighter in this division.
      On my list, these guys were battling to secure a spot in the Top 10 Heavyweights list, and Gabriel Gonzaga won this fight with a BRUTAL punch to the face of Jordan. It was cool, because Jordan punched Gonzaga, and as Gonzaga was absorbing the punch, he launched a counter, which knocked Jordan to the ground, finishing the fight. Great win for Gabriel Gonzaga, as he continues to climb his way up the Heavyweight ladder!
      This was the greatest fight that Joe Rogan has ever seen!!! And, it was pretty bad ass in my opinion too. Diego Sanchez is fucking insane, and even though half of his face was hanging off due to some brutal punishment in the first round, he kept coming, nonstop, he was prepared to kill Melendez. To be completely honest, I gave the first two rounds to Melendez, but they were EXTREMELY close, and the third round I gave to Sanchez, because his heart is fucking INSANELY huge. In the end though, all 3 judges gave the fight to Melendez, and I can't really blame them, because I GUESS I scored it the same, BUT COME ON, I agree with the crowd, Diego's heart deserved the win in this fight. Fucking awesome fight, and easily fight of the night.
      This was a fight that I was really looking forward to, ONLY because I wanted to see Roy Nelson knock out Cormier. In the end though, this entire fight was basically just Daniel Cormier, beating up Nelson, throwing him around like a ragdoll, and dodging everything Nelson could throw at him. So yeah, I still don't like Cormier, but I think I'm finally starting to understand that the hype is legit. I still don't like him at Heavyweight though. At 205, this guy would be crazy good. Nelson on the other hand? I don't know what to think anymore. What happened to those big knockout skills!?!
(Slam & Punches)
      Well, that was one hell of a trilogy. The heavyweight division really needs some more contenders though, because this division is getting VERY thin. With that being said, Cain Velasquez pretty much dominated Junior dos Santos for all 5 rounds, just grinding hard, keep him on the ground & against the fence, throwing punches & knees, etc... Junior landed some HARD elbows, and some really good punches, but in the end, he just can't keep up with Cain's pace. Who can? I have no idea. I'm not a huge fan of Cain Velasquez, but I don't really know who else would have a good chance against him. I'd like to see Barnett fight him, but I know Barnett still probably has a ways to go before he'll get a title shot. Good fight overall though.