UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and former champ Cain Velasquez will clash in a rematch in the UFC 155 main event tonight in Las Vegas.
The two first met in November 2011 with Dos Santos scoring a first round knockout just 1:04 into the bout and taking Velasquez’s title.
Velasquez will look to prove the first fight was a fluke and use his well-rounded skills and wrestling game to give Dos Santos his first loss inside the Octagon.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans can watch a free live stream of the UFC 155 preliminary card on Facebook starting at 6:35 p.m. ET (3:35 p.m. PT). The prelim action moves to FX at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT), then the main card will broadcast live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. (7 p.m.)
For those who can’t watch the fights on TV, no need to worry, I (@MMAExaminer) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary on each bout. And even if you do watch the event, share your thoughts on the fights in the comments section below, I would love to hear it!
Following tonight’s fights, stick around for the UFC 155 post-fight press conference live video feed.
UFC 155 quick results:
Main Card (Live on PPV – 10 p.m. ET)
- Junior Dos Santos def. Cain Velasquez by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44)
- Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Costa Philippou def. Tim Boetsch by TKO (strikes) Rd 3 (2:11)
- Yushin Okami def. Alan Belcher by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Derek Brunson def. Chris Leben by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (FX – 8 p.m. ET)
- Eddie Wineland def. Brad Pickett by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
- Erik Perez def. Byron Bloodworth by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:50)
- Jamie Varner def. Melvin Guillard by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
- Myles Jury def. Michael Johnson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card (Facebook – 6:35 p.m. ET)
- Todd Duffee def. Philip De Fries by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (2:04)
- Max Holloway def. Leonard Garcia by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- John Moraga def. Chris Cariaso by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1 (1:11)
UFC 155 play-by-play:
Chris Cariaso vs. John Moraga
Round 1 – Long feeling out period. Leg kick from Moraga. Caraso slips, gets up. Leg kick from Cariaso. Leg kick and a right from Cariaso. Moraga playing the counter game. Left hook counter. Pushes Cariaso to the cage. Moraga backs out to the center. Leg kick, body kick from Cariaso. Body kick from Cariaso. Left hook from Moraga. Body jab from Moraga. Leg kick from Cariaso, body kick. Leg kick and a right combo from Cariaso.
Round 2 – Right from Moraga, countered by Cariaso. High kick, left hand from Moraga. High kick from Cariaso blocked. Clinched up, Moraga pushes him to the cage. Knee to the head from Moraga. Knee to the body from Cariaso. Moraga breaks out with a knee and a right. High kick from Cariaso blocked. Leg kick inside from Cariaso after a high kick. Left hook from Moraga. High kick blocked. Body kick from Cariaso. Head kick from Cariaso mostly blocked. Body kick from Cariaso. Moraga throws him to the ground, Cariaso grabs wrist control, Moraga still on his feet pulls out and Cariaso stands up. High kick from Cariaso blocked. Clinched up, Cariaso puts him down, on top inside guard. Elbow from Cariaso.
Round 3 – High kick from Cariaso, Moraga misses same, lands a couple punches, clinched. High kick from Cariaso, body punch from Moraga. Cariaso pushes him to the cage. Moraga goes for a standing front choke, pulls him down guillotine style and Cariaso taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: John Moraga def. Chris Cariaso by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1 (1:11)
Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway
Round 1 – Garcia strikes first with a punch combo and high kick. Holloway with a high kick and inside leg kick. Big leg kick from Garcia. Front kick from Holloway. Right from Garcia. Right from Holloway. Holloway drops Garcia with a punch but Garcia is able to get right up. Leg kick from Garcia. Leg kick from Holloway. Leg kick from Garcia. ONe two from Garcia, then a left. Leg kick and a left from Holloway. Right from Garcia. Side kick from Holloway knocks Garcia back. Leg kick inside from Garcia. Left counter from Holloway. Nice body shot from Holloway. Double left hook from Garcia, lands a left that backs Holloway up. Spinning side kick to the gut knocks Garcia back.
Round 2 – Spinning back kick. Leg kick from Holloway. Body kick. Left straight from Holloway, leg kick. Knee, caught by Garcia, picks Holloway up for a slam. Garcia inside guard, stands up, presses Holloway to the cage, backs out to the center. They trade shots, Holloway lands a nice right. Nice left from Holloway. Right from Holloway. Clinched, knees and they go to trading. Garcia winging punches and looking tired.
Round 3 – Jab from Holloway, leg kick. Right counter from Holloway. Nice knee to the gut from Holloway. Leg kick from Garcia. Side kick from Holloway to the gut. One two from Holloway. One two from Garcia. They start trading shots, both landing some good punches. Garcia ducks down for a shot, pushes him to the cage, gets Holloway to his back. Holloway looks for a kimura, lets it go as Garcia tries to advance. Back to the feet and they go to trading shots again typical Garcia style. Leg kicks from both. Nice right from Holloway. Nice three punch combo to the body from Holloway. Clinched, Holloway backs out, they go into boxing mode again. Garcia catches a kick and puts him down. Holloway striking off his back from full guard. Garcia picks him up for a slam before the bell.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Max HollowayLeonard Garcia def. Mac Holloway by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Todd Duffee vs. Philip De Fries
Round 1 – One two from Duffee, leg kick and De Fries goes to a knee. Duffee pushes him to the cage. De Fries gets duffee down, lands some big shots as Duffee tries to get up. De Fries pushes him to the cage. Dirty boxing against the cage. Duffee turns him around and backs out. An uppercut followed by a right hook and several more big right hands, one more uppercut and De Fries goes down and ref Yves Lavigne stops it. Great return to the UFC for Todd Duffee.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Todd Duffee def. Philip De Fries by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (2:04)
Myles Jury vs. Michael Johnson
Round 1 – Leg kick from Jury. Leg kick from Jury. Jury with a takedown, on top inside half guard. Full guard, Jury moves to half guard, now landing punch after punch as Johnson sits up trying to turn over. Jury puts him back on his back, still in half guard. More punches from Jury, now an elbow. Jury grabs an arm, trying to work for a kimura, lets it go and moves to side control, now full mount landing punches and goes for a rear-naked choke with hooks in at the 10 second mark. First round goes to Jury 10-9.
Round 2 – High kick from Jury blocked. Johnson very tentative. Boos from the crowd start, undoubtedly at the slowish pace. High kick from Jury. Leg kick from Jury. Left hook from Johnson. Leg kick inside. Blocks a Jury high kick. Leg kick Jury, gets a single leg takedown after catching Johnson’s leg kick and puts Johnson on his back. Inside full guard Jury postures up with an elbow. Johnson not able to do anything as Jury stays busy enough. Jury takes it 10-9.
Round 3 – Leg kick from Jury. Right hook from Johnson. Jury puts him on his back again, on top in half guard. Jury moves to side control. Now half guard. Jury staying in control with ground and pound dropping punches and elbows at a steady pace. Jury in half guard, trying to move to side control. More punches from Jury with under a minute to go. Jury traps an arm with a knee and lands a couple shots. Johnson makes his way up and drops for a guillotine at the bell. Jury dominates round and fight 10-9 and 30-27 as I see it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Myles Jury def. Michael Johnson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner
Round 1 – Big leg kick from Guillard. Leg kick from Varner, leg kick Guillard. Leg kick Varner. Leg kick Guillard. High kick from Varner blocked. Leg kick from Guillard. Again. Leg kick Guillard. Another big one. Another. Body kick Varner. Nice counter left from Guillard after a combo from Varner. Left from Varner, shoots in, stuffed. Big leg kick from Guillard. Left to the body, right to the head from Varner, again. Varner drops him with a punch and jumps on a guillotine but the bell saves him. 10-9 for Varner as I see it.
Round 2 – Right counter from Varner. Leg kick from Guillard. Right to the body, takedown from Varner. Varner stacks him with punches. Guillard flips him over, takes top control and lands a knee as they go back to their feet. Left from Guillard, right from Varner. Huge leg kick from Guillard, then a head kick connects, nice one. Varner counters with a right. Varner lands a combo then a right. Right from Guillard. Head kick, blocked. Varner ducks a punch and puts him on his butt against the cage. Two minutes to go. Varner in a leg mount as Guillard gets to his feet. One two from Varner on the break. Leg kick from Guillard. Nice right cross from Varner. Nice jab from Guillard. Body kick from Guillard as he takes a kick to the groin. Right from Varner. Nice body kick from Guillard. Varner checks a leg kick. Jumping knee from Guillard at the bell. 10-9 Varner.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Flying knee from Guillard, Varner shoots, Guillard escapes. Jab from Guillard, again. One two, takedown from Varner. Guillard’s shin and Varner’s shin bleeding from a checked leg kick. Guillard gets to top position but Varner makes his way up. Another takedown from Varner but Guillard makes his way to his feet. Takedown from Varner again, inside Guillard’s full guard. Guillard throws up an armbar but Varner escapes. Guillard reverses and ends up on top of Varner, Varner pulls a switch and ends up on top inside full guard. Elbows and punches from Varner but Guillard gets up with 30 seconds left. Varner shoots but takes a knee. Guillard is upside down hanging on his back and Varner spikes him on his head before the bell. They hug it out. Varner should take the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jamie Varner def. Melvin Guillard by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
It’s incomprehensible how anyone could have scored this fight for Guillard, much less all three rounds.
Byron Bloodworth vs. Erik Perez
Round 1 – Right from Perez, Bloodworth fires back with a combo. Another overhand right from Perez. He pushes Bloodworth to the cage. Right elbow from Perez, lands some punches to the gut as he presses Bloodworth to the cage. Clinch war right now against the cage. Perez drops Bloodworth with a knee to the body. Perez on top dropping ground and pound inside full guard; more punches to the head, now elbows and more punches. 1:30 left in the round. Perez opens his head up with an elbow, now bleeding, and postures up with punches until the ref stops it. It’s all over.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Erik Perez def. Byron Bloodworth by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:50)
Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland
Round 1 – Leg kick from Pickett. Again. Left hook from Pickett. Body shot. Right from Wineland. Right counter from Wineland connects nicely. Leg kick from Wineland. Right hook fro m Pickett. He comes in swinging but Wineland counters nicely with a combo. Leg kick Pickett.Left to the body from Pickett but gets dropped to one knee with a Wineland right hook counter. Pickett right back up though, gets a takedown but Wineland right to his feet. Leg kick Pickett. Right from Wineland. Left from Pickett, left counter from Wineland. Right to the body from Pickett. Pickett puts on the pressure, eats a counter before the bell. 10-9 Wineland.
Round 2 – Leg kick from Pickett. Right from Wineland. Left hook from Pickett. Right from Wineland. Nice uppercut from Wineland. Right counter from Wineland and Pickett also lands a counter. Leg kick Pickett. Left hook Wineland. Leg kick Pickett. Inside now. Leg kick from Pickett. Again. A few boos from the crowd. Jab from Wineland. Left to the body from Pickett. One two from Wineland, straight right. Blood dripping from Wineland’s left eye. 10-9 Wineland.
Round 3 – Left hook from Pickett. Leg kick from Pickett. Double jab from Wineland. Leg kick Pickett. Nice right from Pickett scores. Leg kick from Pickett. Leg kick Pickett. Couple jabs from Wineland. Left hook from Pickett. Leg kick from Pickett. Right from Wineland. Leg kick from Pickett. Right to the body from Wineland. Again. Couple rights from Wineland. 10-9 and 20-27 for Wineland as I see it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Eddie Wineland def. Brad Pickett by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Body kick Brunson. Leben catches a kick, tries for a trip, cannot complete it and Brunson puts Leben on his back. Brunson postures up with an elbow. Leben looks for an arm, regains full guard, trying to make something happen. Brunson lands a couple elbows, picks Leben up for a slam but Leben blocks the slam impact. Leben with full guard, Brunson landing ground and pound. Elbows from Leben off his back, looks for a triangle. Brunson moves to side control, half guard, looks for an arm triangle from full mount. Leben gets free of the choke. Brunson in half guard, drops an elbow. Full guard now. Brunson postures up with a few punches. Leben gets to his butt with his back to the cage. Leben gets to his feet, Brunson pressing him to the cage. Brunson takes it 10-9.
Round 2 – Leg kick Brunson. He shoots, stuffed, presses him to the cage with underhooks. Knee from Brunson. Brunson with a body lock but can’t get Leben down. Left from Brunson, they exchange punches as Leben stalks, this is where he’s most dangerous but Brunson puts him on his back. Leben gets up, Brunson looks for a guillotine. Leben backs out. Brunson lands an uppercut and a couple punches. Leben stalking. Leg kick. Again. Again. Left hand from Brunson. Leg kick Leben. Left from Brunson. Brunson gets underhooks against the cage. Leben gets free as Brunson backs out. Both guys moving slower now. Leg kick from Leben. Brunson shoots, stuffed, as Brunson puts his back to the cage. Brunson moves to the center, leg kick. Left from Brunson. 10-9 for Brunson.
Round 3 – Leg kick Brunson as Leben stalks. Leg kick Leben. One two Brunson. Brunson shoots, stuffed. Elbow from Leben. Brunson gets a trip takedown, now in full guard. Nice knee to the gut from Brunson as Leben makes his way up. Leg kick Leben. One two, one two from Brunson. Leg kick Leben. Left hand from Leben. One two from Brunson. Left hand. Leg kick Leben. Brunson shoots, stuffed. Leg kick Leben. Boos from the crowd. Left from Brunson. One minute to go. Left haymaker from Leben and Brunson puts him on his back. Brunson lets him up with 10 seconds to go. They slug it out until the bell.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Derek Brunson def. Chris Leben by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher
Round 1 – High kick from Belcher blocked, again. Belcher with a high kick, Okami catches him with a jab and drops him. Belcher back up as Okami puts him against the cage. Okami with over/unders, knees from Okami. Belcher gets a quick takedown, drops for a guillotine but loses it as Okami is now on top inside full guard. Belcher pulls mission control for a split second. Shoulder strikes from Okami. Okami in half guard, now side control. Belcher gets to one knee; Okami trying to take his back. 10-9 for Okami as I see it.
Round 2 – Right hand from Okami, body lock and pushes Belcher to the cage. Body lock takedown attempt and Belcher lands on top. Okami makes his way up and Belcher goes for a guillotine, Okami is free and now on top inside half guard. Okami with punches as he traps Belcher’s arm with a knee. Moves to side control. Big right from Belcher. Okami puts him back down, now on top in half guard. Back to the feet before the bell but Belcher couldn’t get anything off. 10-9 Okami.
Round 3 – Right from Okami. Belcher drops him to a knee with a big right. Jab from Okami, again. Okami clinches. Goes for a takedown and Belcher lands in full mount. Okami gives up his back. Okami stands up with Belcher on his back. Okami goes for a takedown, Belcher looks for the guillotine but ends up on his back. Okami in full mount now. Belcher squirming trying to make something happen but is getting controlled. Okami staying busy enough not get stood up. Belcher gives up his back. Okami with both hooks inn landing punches. Okami 10-9 and 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Yushin Okami def. Alan Belcher by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
There is one judge tonight that is completely off their rocker. How anyone could think Belcher one a round is unthinkable.
Tim Boetsch vs. Constantinos Philippou
Round 1 – Touch gloves, Boetsch stalking right away. Clinched against the cage. Boetsch gets Costa to his butt with his back against the cage,but makes his way to his feet. They trade knees and Costa breaks free to the middle. Front kick from Boetsch. Inside leg kick from Boetsch. Left overhand from Costa. Right hand connects. Boetsch stalking. Front kick. Inside leg kick from Costa, he catches Boetsch on the chin with a punch. Brief clinch, Boetsch puts him on his back. Costa touches him up against the cage, then backs out. Boetsch drops him with a front kick to the face right before the bell. Boetsch likely took the round 10-9.
Round 2 – Left hook from Boetsch. Head kick from Costa and Boetsch pushes him to cage. Knee to the face from Boetsch. Boetsch bleeding from his head from an accidental head butt. Boetsch takes a poke to the eye and the stop it to check him out. Here we go. Boetsch stalking. Shoots, stuffed. Boetsch pulls guard. Costa looking for the ground and pound inside full guard. Big punches from Costa, Boetsch doing a pretty good job defending. Costa stands up before the bell. 10-9 Costa.
Round 3 – Boetsch shoots, stuffed, pulls guard. Costa lights him up with some punches, inside full guard. Costa stands up and Boetsch’s face is covered in blood, he can’t see very good at all. He shoots, pulls guard. Costa stands up and lets Boetsch up… slowly. Boetsch shoots, tries to pull guard but eats several punches until the ref stops it. Apparently Boetsch broke his hand in the first round and was basically incapacitated most of the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Costa Philippou def. Tim Boetsch by TKO (strikes) Rd 3 (2:11)
Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon
Round 1 – Jim Miller with a big leg kick. Clinch, knee from Miller. Right from Lauzon. Inside leg kick from Miller buckles Lauzon, backs him up with some nice dirty boxing. Miller lights him up with some big punches, backs him up to the cage, Lauzon fires back. Miller buckles the leg with another big inside leg kick. Right hand from Lauzon. Knee from Miller, lands several elbows that open Lauzon up like a stuck pick. The ref halts it to check him out. They let it go. Touch gloves. Lauzon looks for the takedown, takes a big knee. High kick from Miller. Knee to the body. Uppercut from Lauzon. Nice left from Miller. Lauzon with a big knee to the body. Big combo from Miller. Front kick from Miller knocks Lauzon down and Miller falls too. Back up, combo from Miller. Lauzon’s face looks like a horror movie. Another exchange or two before the bell. The crowd goes wild. Lorenzo Fertitta and company give a standing ovation. 10-9 Miller.
Round 2 – Lauzon looks okay for now. Big left from Miller. Leg kick from Lauzon. Takedown from Miller. Couple elbows. Lauzon gets full guard. Miller in half guard now. Miller gets full mount. Lauzon holding on trying to avoid damage. 2:00 to go. Miller looking for a choke. Lauzon sweeps him, time called to cut some tape. Miller with mission control and it stops Lauzon from advancing. Lauzon picks him up for a slam. Miller remains with mission control. Only 30 seconds left. Joe rolls for a knee. Miller gets free but Joe reamins in control. I give the round to Lauzon 10-9.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. An inside leg kick drops Joe to a knee. He’s up. Leg kick from Lauzon. Nice body shot from Lauzon. Another inside leg kick drops Joe. Miller lets him up. One two from Miller, perfect knee to the gut. Leg kick from Lauzon. Elbow and a left hand from Lauzon. Both guys have slowed greatly. Right, uppercut from Miller. Oblique kick from Miller. Right from Joe. Nice left from Miller, elbow, body shot. Both guys are crimson from Joe’s blood. Joe dives for a heel hook with 20 seconds left. With 10 second left Lauzon goes for a guillotine, he holds it until the bell and Miller survives. I score it for Miller 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Miller.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC Heavyweight Championship
Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez
Round 1 – Cain comes out fast throwing punches, gets a takedown, a slam next but Junior gets up. Cain shoots from the outside and is pushed aside. Left hook from Cain. Right from Junior. Cain rocks his head back with a punch. Jab and a big right from Junior. Junior with a jab. Leg kick from Cain. One two from Cain. Jab, shoots, Junior gets free. Body shot from Junior. Big right from Cain. Jab from Cain, big right connects. Body kick from Cain, shoots, stuffed. Big right from Junior. Junior lands a couple shots. Jab from Cain. Clinched against the cage. Junior backs out. Leg kick from Cain. Cain connects with a big left. Body shot and a big right and Junior goes down. Cain is on him with big shots. Big left hands as JDS covers up. JDS is on one knee, gets to his feet but Cain puts him down. JDS gives up his back and gets to his feet. Cain puts him back down. 10-8 round for Cain.
Round 2 – One two from Cain. JDS fires back. Big slam from Cain. JDS gets to his knees and Cain is all over him. JDS gets to his feet but Cain is all over him with another takedown. JDS is unable to do anything. JDS is up, he backs up. Big punch from Cain. He goes for a single and throws Junior down, gives up his back again (6 takedowns so far for Cain). JDS on his knees, gets up and goes right back down. One two from Cain. Clinched, another takedown from Cain. JDS is just surviving. JDS scrambles to get up and Cain goes for an armbar. JDS gets out and to his feet. Clinched, goes for a single. No dice. Body shots from Cain. JDS hands down takes a combo to the chin. Cain tees off on him with a combo and JDS survives. 10-9 Velasquez.
Round 3 – Uppercut from JDS. Uppercut again. Body shot. Cain with a single leg takedown. JDS back to his feet. Clinched against the cage. Punches from Cain. Cain looks for a takedown, no dice this time. Body shot from JDS. Leg kick from Cain. Jab from JDS but Cain lands a couple nice punches and pushes JDS to the cage. They trade elbows. Elbows from both. Punches from both guys; body shots from Cain. Knee from JDS, hands by his sides and Cain lands four or five big punches to the chin. Clinched up, Cain tries for a trip takedown. They square up again, wing punches, body shot from JDS. One two from Cain. Left from JDS, Uppercut from JDS. 10-9 Cain.
Round 4 – They trade punches. Cain looks for a takedown, stuffed. Right hand, leg kick from Cain. Body shot and a left hook from JDS. Cain pushes him to the cage. Two big body shots from JDS backs him up. Cain puts him down but he bounces right up. Body shot JDS, right to the chin from Cain. Cain grabs a single looks for the takedown, no dice. Cain with a single leg takedown, lifts it high and dumps him. JDS scrambles to his knees and is back up. Cain pushes him to the cage. Two big body shots and an uppercut from Cain. Back elbow from JDS rocks Cain’s head. Body jab from JDS. Left hook. Cain shoots, presses him to the cage. Dirty boxing from Cain. Knee from JDS to the body. Big elbow from JDS to the face, uppercut. Presses Cain to the cage. JDS backs up. Cain shoots, stuffed. Wow! 10-9 Cain.
Round 5 – JDS right eye is almost closed. Two jabs from Cain, pushes JDS to the cage. Ref warns from grabbing fence. Big left to the body from JDS. Cain shoots, stuffed. They square up. JDS is moving good. Eats a jab. Cain goes for the single, stuffed, eats some uppercuts. Right from JDS, body shot. Cain shoots, stuffed, JDS just misses with a homerun swing. Cain shoots, stuffed. Body shot from JDS as he stuffs the shot again. Cain finally gets a single leg takedown. Cain on top in half guard. Cain working the ground and pound now. JDS gets to his knees and Cain is on his back. JDS to his feet, clinched. Left from JDS. He breaks free for a second. Cain misses a one two, clinches. Body shot from JDS. Head kick and a right from Cain. Dirty boxing to finish it. 10-9 and 50-44 for Cain Velasquez as I see it.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Junior Dos Santos def. Cain Velasquez by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44)