UFC 166 will go down in history as one of the greatest top to bottom cards the sport has ever seen.
To name one highlight or spotlight one fighter, would not do justice to the men and woman that laid their hearts, blood and tears on line for personal glory – and entertainment for those in attendance and watching at home. On a card where the heavyweight champion of the world proved he is truly the king of his division, it was someone who ended up on the wrong side of the score cards that came out of the event as a true superstar.
Even though his hand was not officially raised in victory, Diego “The Dream” Sanchez, coming off a one year stint away from the octagon, put on a “balls to the wall” performance against the equally tough Gilbert Melendez. With a protruding cut over his eye, Sanchez put on a relentlessly aggressive performance against one of the top the lightweights in the world, and left Houston the clear hero of the show. Joe Rogan called their fight the best he had ever seen and in his post fight interview, Sanchez asked for 2 more rounds and a rematch. That would be one, fans of the sport would surely agree with. Kudos to Melendez who went toe to toe with Sanchez, in a fight where he could have easily used his wrestling to smother Sanchez and create a much less exciting fight. Clearly, Melendez is right back in the mix for title contention in a crowded 155 lb division.
The Big Boys Came to Fight
“He hits like a girl” – Junior dos Santos
Something tells me that today, JDS is singing another tune about the reigning king of the big boys. Cain Velasquez proved last night that when it comes to being an overall mixed martial artist – there is no one in his division that is going to come to close to his level. Not that JDS didn’t have his moments, hell, a few seconds in he stunned the champ with a punch, staggering him backwards. It would be the last the time Cain would be in trouble the rest of the fight. Velasquez’s dominating victory over JDS put an end to a great rivalry, and sealed the fate of the division for the foreseeable future. Who’s next to challenge Cain? After last night, I don’t think it matters.
This and That . . . On any other card the Jessica Eye victory over Sarah Kaufman might be the fight fans highlight . . . The female fight was fantastic from top to bottom and was well in contention for fight of the night honours . . . Daniel Cormier was victorious over Roy Nelson, but really was he? Coming right after the Sanchez/Melendez was no easy task in the entertainment category and it seemed as though both guys knew that . . . Hector Lombard is a scary man at 170 . . . Speaking of scary, Halloween came early for UFC fans as the beast that is Adlan Amagov absolutely destroyed T.J. Waldburger with a scary knockout . . . Big win for KJ Noons who only a while ago seemed as though his potential would go untapped . . . Credit to Tim Boetsch and CB Dollaway who ended the prelims with a battle that could have gone either way . . . Two knockouts opened the card thanks to John Dodson and Gabriel Gonzaga who both put themselves back into the spotlight when it comes to their respective divisions . . .