UFC 155 Sees 2012 Out With A Bang
The UFC ended an injury plagued year with a card that left many complaining about a number of the fights, however no one had any complaints about the Main and Co-main events. Delivering a fight of the year candidate, and one of the most dominant dethroning of a Champion in UFC history.
The main event pitted the top 2 heavyweights in the world against each other, in a rematch of Junior Dos Santo’s 64 second KO of Cain Velasquez. For the second time, there was no questioning who won the fight, but this time it was not a KO from the Brazilian, bur a one sided, 5 round mauling by the new UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez.
The fight started with Velasquez coming out aggressively and pushing the pace, he was diving for takedown after takedown, and coming up short, but with Dos Santos having his hands low to sprawl and prevent the takedown Velasquez came over the top with a huge right hand and put JDS on ‘t roller-skates. From there on Velasquez didn’t look back, beating the champ from pillar to post and constantly putting pressure on JDS, the pace Velasquez kept for the full 25mins was staggering. For a heavyweight to do what he did was truly a sight to behold, to Dos Santos credit he never quit and kept trying throughout, but his brain was scrambled from the first round and he could not regroup in the face of the endless stream of offence that Velasquez poured on and Cain walked away with the unanimous descion.
The Las Vegas fans booed Dos Santos in his post fight interview which was absolutely disgusting, but he is good enough to go heal up, come back and get a win and set up the much anticipated rubber match to round off the greatest heavyweight trilogy the UFC has seen.
The best fight of the night, and one of the best of the year was the co-main event of Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon. Miller cam out all guns blazing in the first round and cut Lauzon up with ferocious elbows from standing and on the ground, with his face looking like strawberry jam and the canvas collecting puddles of his blood, Lauzon somehow survived the first round and came out to compete in 2 close all action rounds with Miller which saw punches, kicks, elbows, takedowns, flying submissions along with a torrent of blood. It was a truly amazing MMA display, showing all aspects as well as the heart and grit of both fighters to dig deep and put on an amazing display.
They deservedly won fight of the night and off the top of my head, they should be in line for fight of 2012!
The rest of the main card was largely forgettable, apart from the Costa Philippou vs. Tim Boetsch fight, Boetsch looked good in the first but would break his right hand, get a cut that bled affecting his vision and an eye poke, Costa had little sympathy for this though and and pressured through rounds 2 and 3, Boetsch was desperate for a takedown but couldn’t get it and was pounded out in the 3rd round by some ground and pound from Philippou.
Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via unanimous decision
Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon via unanimous decision
Costa Philippou def. Tim Boetsch via third-round TKO
Yushin Okami def. Alan Belcher via unanimous decision
Derek Brunson def. Chris Leben via unanimous decision
Eddie Wineland def. Brad Pickett via split decision
Erik Perez def. Byron Bloodworth via first-round TKO
Jamie Varner def. Melvin Guillard via split decision
Myles Jury def. Michael Johnson via unanimous decision
Todd Duffee def. Phil De Fries via first-round TKO
Max Holloway def. Leonard Garcia via split decision
John Moraga def. Chris Cariaso via submission (guillotine choke)
Fighters were awarded $65,000 bonuses
- Fight of the Night: Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon
- Knockout of the Night: Todd Duffee
- Submission of the Night: John Moraga