UFC 155 took place tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, Cain Velasquez reclaimed his heavyweight title with an absolutely dominating display of power and grappling that left Junior dos Santos bloodied but unbowed. In the co-main event, Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon put on a show worthy of “Fight of the Year” consideration.
In other action, Costa Philippou, Yushin Okami, and Derek Brunson notched victories on the UFC card.
Velasquez Mauls JDS to Retake Title
Former UFC champion wanted his belt back and he showed Junior dos Santos just how bad he wanted it back tonight. Velasquez mauled Dos Santos for five rounds with a vicious mix of power punches and grappling. While Dos Santos tried to rally at times in the fourth and fifth rounds, the AKA product was relentless in his attack and negated the Brazilian’s gutsy effort.
Velasquez dedicated the win to his wife, offering the title as a belated Christmas gift. Despite being thoroughly handled, the now-former champion Dos Santos vowed to learn from this and said he would be back to retake the title.
Miller Defeats Lauzon in a Bloody Classic
The Las Vegas crowd was awoken from their state of apathy by a bloody showing by Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon. Miller dominated early and often with crisp striking but a bloody Lauzon battled on. Lauzon would rally in the second with a solid grappling attack and better striking. With both fighters exhausted going into the third round Miller took an early lead with better striking but Lauzon would not go quietly and attacked with a flying scissor heel hook attack that transitioned to an ankle lock and eventually ended up in a front choke. Miller won the fight, but Lauzon gained a lot respect with a gutsy performance.
Philippou Stops Boetsch
Constantinos Philippou took full advantage of his opportunity to face a top ten middleweight in Tim Boetsch. While Boetsch looked strong in round 1, he apparently broke his hand. After that, “Costa” began to seize control by stopping Boetsch’s takedowns. An accidental eye poke by “Costa” would further complicate things for “The Barbarian.” Philippou would continue to find his range and made Boetsch pay for every takedown attempt with brutal punches and elbows that eventually forced the referee to step in. The Serra-Longo product has now won five straight in the Octagon.
Okami Controls Belcher
Former middleweight number one contender Yushin Okami made three huge mistakes against but Alan Belcher but Belcher simply made four huge mistakes. Okami would work out of Belcher’s attempts to submit him and then smother him on the ground. Okami has now won two straight fights after dropping two fights in a row.
Brunson Edges Leben
Late replacement Derek Brunson knew what he had to do to win against his opponent Chris Leben and he did just that. While Brunson wore himself out early, he made sure to exhaust Leben as well on the ground. Every time Leben started to gain some momentum, Brunson wisely controlled range and then forced Leben to defend his superior takedowns. Leben is now 1-3 in his last four fights.
Main Card (PPV 10PM ET)
- UFC Heavyweight Title Fight: Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via unanimous decision (50-45,50-43,50-44)
- Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Costa Philippou def. Tim Boetsch by TKO (punches) at 2:11 of Round 3
- Yushin Okami def. Alan Belcher via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,29-28)
- Derek Brunson def. Chris Leben via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary (FX 8PM ET)
- Eddie Wineland def. Brad Pickett via split decision (30-27,28-29,30-27)
- Erik Perez def. Byron Bloodworth via TKO (Punches) at 3:50 of Round 1
- Jamie Varner def. Melvin Guillard via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
- Myles Jury def. Michael Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
Preliminary (Facebook 6:30PM ET)
- Todd Duffee def. Phil DeFries via TKO at 2:04 of Round 1
- Max Hollowaydef. via Leonard Garcia split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
- John Moraga def. Chris Cariaso via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:11 of Round 3