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UFC 166: Winners and Losers in Great Card

UFC 166

Andrew Richardson-USA Today Sports

UFC 166 kicked off last night in Houston, featuring an epic heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. This trilogy fight was exciting from the start, and Velasquez proved to be too much for JDS, stopping him in the fifth round. Let’s now take a look and see who the winners and losers were for the event.

Winners

Cain Velasquez: He proved why he’s the best heavyweight in the world. His relentless pressure on JDS was impressive, and he never once let up. He battered JDS against the cage, and finally got the finish in the fifth round. This puts Cain right up there on the best pound-for-pound list and he’s going to be one of the hardest champions to dethrone.

Gilbert Melendez: Going up against Diego Sanchez, Gilbert had a lot to lose. Gil was the second ranked lightweight in the world, where Diego wasn’t even listed in the top 10. The fight proved to be a war, where Gilbert was able to outpoint Diego on the feet. The win secured his status as the second-best lightweight in the division, and he’s more than likely going to fight the winner of the Anthony Pettis, the current champ, vs. Josh Thomson bout.

Daniel Cormier: Cormier knew what he had to do against Roy Nelson. He needed to avoid the heavy right from Roy and utilize his speed. This is exactly what he did, and he also displayed some dynamic kicks. He looked to be in great conditioning, and he said his next bout is going to be at light heavyweight. Currently, Jon Jones is set to face Glover Teixeira for the title, but Cormier could definitely be next. His win over Roy keeps his record unbeaten, and he’s going to be a force in whatever division he competes.

Losers

Junior Dos Santos: JDS was looking to prove to everybody that the first fight wasn’t a fluke. He even did some research, and it was found that he had some type of condition and over trained for the second. He was completely healthy for the third bout, however, and he still got dominated by Cain. JDS just couldn’t find space to land that big shot, and he was fighting off against the cage for most of the bout. He did land some good elbows and his takedown defense looked great, but it’s clear Cain is the more well-rounded fighter. He’s certainly the second-best heavyweight in the world, and it will be interesting to see how he rebounds from this beating.

Nate Marquardt: Marquardt was looking to rebound off his devastating KO loss to Jake Ellenberger, but he wasn’t able to deal with the explosive power of Hector Lombard. Lombard landed heavy shots, knocking out Marquardt in brutal fashion. Marquardt is now on a three-fight losing streak, and he’s more than likely going to get cut from the UFC.

Roy Nelson: Nelson was looking to rebound off his loss to Stipe Miocic, but he just looked outclassed in every way against Cormier. Cormier is an olympic-caliber athlete, so it’s no shame in losing to him. But, this loss proved once and for all, Roy will never fight for a title. That isn’t to say he can’t put on exciting fights, because he always will have knockout power and will be a good gatekeeper in the heavyweight division.