Ok, first off, let begin by saying UFC 166 was by far one of the best nights of fights this ol’ dude has ever seen.
Now let me say that I criticize the UFC on the regular for matchmaking that gives us some disappointing fights at times. This was not one of those nights. This was a night of knockouts and arguably one of the best fights in UFC history in Melendez VS Sanchez. Many are saying the Melendez/Sanchez fight goes up there with the Griffin/Bonnar fight, a great fight for sure, but these two men traversed into MMA territory that is rarely seen. At times it seemed more like a street fight than a sanctioned match. In my previous article I mentioned that these two will most likely go the distance, and they did without disappointment.
John Dodson looks poised to climb back up the ranks of the flyweight division with the 1st round KO of Darrell Montague. He might have to get through Joseph Benavidez, who looked great in his last fight, to get there. Let’s see where Joe Silva takes this one.
Roy “Big Country” Nelson gave us a hell of a fight but fell short against the superior skills of Daniel Cormier. Cormier’s world class wrestling and smothering fight style wouldn’t let Nelson get off his famous right hand, and Cormier came away with the unanimous decision. Next up for Cormier is a drop to 205 lbs and possibly a match with Jon Jones. Maybe.
Gabriel Gonzaga kept the train going with another first round KO over Shawn Jordan. He showed his impeccable timing with a right hook as he backed away, stopping the contest. Remember the head kick he laid out Cro-Cop with? Here’s hoping we see some more of that.
Greatest Fight Ever in UFC history is Gilbert Melendez VS Diego Sanchez. There I said it. Bonnar/Griffin was a great fight but this was hands down the G.O.A.T. Sanchez, the season 1 middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter, never disappoints and gave his all in what could have easily gone on for 5 rounds. Melendez stood with him toe-to-toe and prevailed with some well timed shots, landing more strikes and scoring a couple of take-downs on the way to a win by unanimous decision. Next up for Melendez should be a shot with the winner of Pettis/Thomson.
It’s not to often you see athletes that have athletic ability that stagger the mind. Cain Velasquez is one of those athletes. It’s like the man is a machine. He can put a shellacking on you for 5 rounds and look like he barely broke a sweat.
Velasquez mirrored the last fight as he overwhelmed Dos Santos from the beginning with his asphyxiating style. Dos Santos landed a few shots but Velasquez absorbed them as they depleted Dos Santos’ strength round after round. Dos Santos’ take down defense was a lot more prominent in this fight, but Cain’s suffocating style couldn’t be stopped, and Cain finished him off in the 5th round after Dos Santos’ desperate attempt of a guillotine. I gotta give it to Dos Santos though. The guy can brawl. Next up for Velasquez will most likely be a match with Fabricio Werdum who has improved his striking and has great ground game. He can prove to be a challenge to Velasquez with his size and the momentum he’s built.
Hopefully, Sir Dana and Mr. Silva can find some more great matches for these fighters. They put on a great show and have made me eager to see what else they got up their sleeves.
And I leave you with this……