As we head into the final stretch of the 2013 year, MMA is hitting its stride, and the UFC may have had its most incredible night of fights in its 20-year history at UFC 166.
Shows involving Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, Ronda Rousey, Anderson Silva, and Chris Weidman are just the icing on the cake. Between now and December 28th could quite possibly be the most stacked two and a half months in MMA history.
We got a peek of that Saturday Night at UFC 166 as champion Cain Velasquez defended his title against former champion Junior Dos Santos, in the third installment of their incredible rivalry.
The fight mirrored the second in many ways, with Cain Velasquez controlling the majority of the bout, specifically while working the cage clinch. Well into the late rounds, both fighters were throwing monster hooks that looked to damage the other, making for yet another instant classic.
Before ultimately knocking himself out on failed choke attempt, Junior Dos Santos showed a loony amount of heart, stopping Velasquez takedowns
Wrestling juggernaut Daniel Cormier had what he pledges is his last bout at heavyweight as well. Directly in his path was perennial contender Roy Nelson. Cormier’s stock continued to rise as he won a one-sided battle, and will now drop to light heavweight
UFC 166 was the epitome of a loaded card. 11 former champions or contenders to UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator competed on the card, filled with some of the most intriguing matchups of the year.
What may have stolen the show, however, is the scrap between Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez.
Many had written Sanchez off as not belonging in the cage with Melendez after a one sided first round, but in typical Diego Sanchez fashion, he battled back, dropping Melendez in the third round.
Words cant accurately express the grit, heart, and all-around violence in which this fight provided, being heralded by many as one of the all-time great UFC fights.
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