UFC 166: Cain Velasquez Dominates Junior Dos Santos To Retain The UFC Heavyweight Title

The main event had a lot to live up to at UFC 166 as the opening fight to the co-main event delivered. Cain Velasquez put on the show people were expecting from him. Velasquez retained the UFC heavyweight title when he stopped Junior Dos Santos in the fifth round by TKO.

Round 1

The fight starts out with both guys swinging in the middle of the cage and Dos Santos rattled Velasquez. Dos Santos swung wildly with Velasquez trying for a single leg and then Velasquez trying to lock in a guillotine. Dos Santos then hits a shiort right uppercut.

Velasquez presses Dos Santos against the cage with each guy throwing . Each fighter breaks and then Velasquez presses Dos Santos aginst the cage. Dos Santos attempts a leg kick with Velasquez pressing Dos Santos into the cage. After they break Velasquez scores a takedown. Velasquez tries to pass Dos Santos’ guard and takes Dos Santos’ back.

Dos Santos gets to the cage and postures up. Velasquez keeps up the pressure by pressing Dos Santos against the cage landing short punches in the process. Dos Santos spins out and attempts a back spin kick that misses to end the round.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 1, 10-9 for Velasquez

Round 2

Each guy starts with a jab and then a left hook by Dos Santos and then a knee by Velasquez. Velasquez lands a takedown, but Dos Santos gets right up. Velasquez presses Dos Santos into the cage mixing punches and knees. Velasquez lands a left hook and an overhand right and then misses some shots and Velasquez was unsuccessful in a takedown attempt.

Velasquez peppers a double left jab to get Dos Santos into the cage. Velasquez rushes Dos Santos not the cage, wearing out Dos Santos. Dos Santos scores a judo throw and Velasquez gets right up and Velasquez lands a right hand and then another and presses Dos Santos into the cage. Dos Santos’ face is swelling.

Velasquez lands short knees to the charlie horse to both legs. Dos Santos misses an overhand right and then Velasquez presses Dos Santos back into the cage. Velasquez throws a short left hook and Dos Santos lands an elbow with Velasquez nodding at Dos Santos.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 2 for Velasquez, 10-9.

Round 3

Dos Santos lands an overhand right and then Velasquez once again presses Dos Santos into the cage landing short right hands. Dos Santos pushes Velasquez off of him, but Velasquez then lands a straight right hand. Velasquez then presses Dos Santos into the cage throwing short right hands and then an uppercut.

Dos Santos then lands another short elbow, but Velasquez walks through anf tries to take Dos Santos down, but was unsuccessful. Both fighters get back into the center of the cage and Dos Santos lands a right cross and a straight right hand. Velasquez lands a left jab and then presses Dos Santos back into the cage, but Dos Santos circles out back to the center of the cage.

Dos Santos tries a front kick, but is blocked by Velasquez, who then tries to take Dos Santos down and was unsuccessful. Dos Santos lands a short right and Velasquez lands a straight right hand as well.

Velasquez lands an overhand right hand on the ear and goes for the kill with ground and pound, but Dos Santos gets up with Velasquez trying for a guillotine choke.

Dos Santos stumbles over and falls down and velasquez throws a couple short left hands and goes for another guillotine, but Dos Santos gets out of it. Velasquez presses Dos Santos into the cage and starts throwing left and right hooks with Dos Santos trying to clinch up Velasquez.

Velasquez lands a right jab with Dos Santos just trying to survive. Velasquez dirty boxes Dos Santos and then throws a right hand and short right uppercut. Velasquez lands another right hand that rocks Dos Santos and lands another straight right hand.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 3 for Velasquez, 10-9

Round 4

The round starts with Dos Santos atteptting a left hook, but misses. Velasquez lands an overhand right that rocks Dos Santos into the cage. Velasquez presses Dos Santos against the cage and starts landing a flurry of left ad right hooks. Velasquez presses Dos Santos again into the cage throwing short knees the charlie horse.

Velasquez keeps throwing knees to the charlie horse and then lands a left jab and Dos Santos barely misses a left hook. Velasquez then foot stomps Dos Santos, but Dos Santos lands a short left elbow. Velasquez again though presses Dos Santos into the cage.

Dos Santos then presses Velasquez off the cage and lands a quick right hand. Dos Santos lands an uppercut, but Velasquez presses forward with Dos Santos into the cage. Velasquez lands a couple short elbows of his own as Velasquez is now bleeding.

Referee Herb Dean calls for a timeout for the doctor to look at Dos Santos’ eye, which is basically swollen shut, but the doctor lets Dos Santos continue. Dos Santos lands a left jab. Velasquez throws a straight right hand hand/ left hook combination. A knee presses Dos Santos against the cage, but Dos Santos comes back with a short left elbow.

Velasquez lands another overhand right pressing Dos Santos against the cage, but Dos Santos lands another short elbow and two left hooks. Velasquez lands a left hook and then presses Dos Santos into the cage and the round ends.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 4 for Velasquez.

Round 5

The final round starts both guys slugging with Dos Santos landing an uppercut and Velasquez lands a right hand and and then a single leg takedown. Dos Santos attempts a triangle choke, but was unsuccessful and a short moment later gets back to his feet.

Velasquez lands two straight left uppercuts against the cage and then a mixture of four uppercuts and right hands. Velasquez then presses Dos Santos against the cage and lands right hands to the heas and body shots. Dos Santos lands another short elbow.

Velasquez lands another right hand presses Dos Santos against the cage. Dos Santos tries for a guillotine, but Velasquez slips out and Dos Santos lands on his head and covers up. Velasquez lands a shots to the head and referee Herb Dean steps in and ends the fight.

Cain Velasquez defeats Junior Dos Santos by TKO at 3:09 of Round 5 to retain the UFC heavyweight championship.

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Report: TNA To Take Impact Wrestling Back To Orlando

It seems like TNA will be heading back home to film Impact Wrestling. WrestlingObserver.com is reporting that TNA will be taping numerous episodes in Orlando starting in late November.

The article also states that TNA has cancelled tapings in Baltimore on 11/21, Chattanooga on 12/5 and Arlington, TX on 12/19. Impact Wrestling will also be according to the article tape most of the Impact shows in Orlando.

TNA started taking Impact Wrestling on the road in June with initial success, but attendance has been dwindling in the last few months.

TNA presents their biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory tomorrow night in San Diego, California with the main event of Bully Ray defending the TNA heavyweight title against AJ Styles. We will also see the return of Kurt Angle facing Bobby Roode and Sting battling Magnus.

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UFC 166 Video: Cain Velasquez Dominates Junior Dos Santos In The Rematch To Regain The Belt

Tonight is the night as UFC 166 takes place tonight from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main event will feature UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defending his title against Junior Dos Santos.

The challenger won the title from Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1 in November 2011 as shown in an article we posted on Wednesday.

The rematch took place last December at UFC 155 with Velasquez dominating Dos Santos to regain the title.

Watch the entire fight in the video above.

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Ronda Rousey Confirms She Will Be in “Fast and Furious 7″ Before Starting Training Camp For UFC 168

The rumors can finally be put to rest regarding what is next for Ronda Rousey before she steps into the cage against Miesha Tate at UFC 168 in December. The UFC women’s bantamweight champion confirmed on Facebook that right after she finishes filming of “The Expendables 3″, she will then head right into filming “Fast And The Furious 7″. Here is what Rousey had to say regarding her upcoming schedule.

“Its finally official. After we finish filming Expendables3 I’m flying to Atlanta to film Fast7 before starting my 6 week training camp to defend my UFC title. For those that doubt it can be done, please put your money where your mouths are so my friends can finally get some decent returns betting on me to win.”

The filming of the latest “Fast And The Furious” and the timeframe stated, Rousey will go into full training camp in the middle of November.

The women’s bantamweight champion hasn’t competed since she defeated Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 in February and recently coached opposite Tate on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The latest installment of “Fast 7″ will feature the likes of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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Video: UFC 166 Weigh-Ins

UFC 166 takes place tonight at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. But before the fighters get into the cage tonight, they had to weigh-in yesterday to make their respective fights official.

Watch the weigh-in video above of all 26 fighters weighing in.

Here is the card for tonight’s UFC 166.

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos – for heavyweight title
- Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson
- Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez
- Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan
- John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Tim Boetsch vs. C.B. Dollaway
- Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt
- Jessica Eye vs. Sarah Kaufman
- K.J. Noons vs. George Sotiropoulos

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
- Adlan Amagov vs. T.J. Waldburger
- Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio
- Andre Fili vs. Jeremy Larsen
- Kyogi Horiguchi vs. Dustin Pague

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UFC 166 Weigh-In Results: Dos Santos And Velasquez Make Weight For Main Event

The UFC 166 weigh-ins took place a few hours ago from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, which is where the event takes place tomorrow night. The main event will feature the trilogy fight with UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defending his title against Junior Dos Santos. The co-main event will feature Daniel Cormier facing off with Roy Nelson in heavyweight actuion.

All fighters including Dos Santos and Velasquez, but one made weight as Andre Fili weighed in 148.5 pounds for his bout with Jeremy Larsen. Fili forfeits 20 percent of his purse to Larsen since he didn’t want to attempt to cut the 2.5 pounds.

Here are the weigh-in results for UFC 166.

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
• Cain Velasquez (241) vs. Junior dos Santos (240)- for UFC heavyweight title
• Daniel Cormier (224) vs. Roy Nelson (249)
• Gilbert Melendez (156) vs. Diego Sanchez (156)
• Gabriel Gonzaga (257) vs. Shawn Jordan (255)
• John Dodson (125) vs. Darrell Montague (126)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
•Tim Boetsch (186) vs. C.B. Dollaway (186)
•Hector Lombard (169) vs. Nate Marquardt (171)
•Jessica Eye (135) vs. Sarah Kaufman (135)
•K.J. Noons (156) vs. George Sotiropoulos (155)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
•Adlan Amagov (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (170.5)
•Tony Ferguson (155) vs. Mike Rio (156)
•Andre Fili (148.5)* vs. Jeremy Larsen (145.5)- 148.5-pound catchweight
•Kyogi Horiguchi (135) vs. Dustin Pague (135)

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

WWE Friday Night Smackdown airs tonight on SyFy starting at 8 p.m. ET. The show was taped on Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri. We posted the spoilers from the show earlier in the week. If you didn’t read the spoilers, here is what will be on the show tonight.

- Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox promo
- Luke Harper and Erick Rowan vs The Miz and Kofi Kingston
- Brie Bella vs AJ Lee (Non-Title Bout)
- The Big Show promo
- CM Punk vs Big E Langston
- Alberto Del Rio promo
- The Usos vs The Real Americans
- Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs The Shield

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WWE Star Daniel Bryan Ignores UFC Star Diego Sanchez Regarding The “YES” Chants

The “YES” chant by Daniel Bryan has been quite arguably the biggest thing in the WWE in the last year. Bryan has been a WWE tag team champion and a two-time WWE champion. The Washington native will be headlining WWE’s Hell In A Cell pay-per-event against Randy Orton for the vacant WWE championship on Sunday, October 27th.

The “YES” chant though wasn’t started by Bryan. The “YES” chant was started by UFC star Diego Sanchez, who battles Gilbert Melendez tomorrow night at UFC 166.

Sanchez did an interview yesterday with MMAFighting.com, the topic came up and stated that Bryan hasn’t gotten back to him after reaching out to him. Sanchez is very happy though for how Bryan has taken the chant to new heights.

Watch the video above as the comments are toward the end of the interview.

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Jim Ross Feels Hulk Hogan Should Go Back To The WWE

Jim Ross frequently writes a blog on his website JRsbarbq.com discussing various pro wrestling and UFC topics. The WWE Hall of Famer brought up the topic of Hulk Hogan and why it would be best for “The Hulkster” to return to the WWE.

“I have no dog in the hunt and nor do I know any insider “dirt” but for my two cents Hulk Hogan would be better off re-signing with WWE in a limited role that would put him back in the global, WWE mix and add a jolt to his career which never hurts anyone than re-signing with TNA.

“Even though Hogan says he has ‘one more match left in him’ that fact, if true, is irrelevant to my way of thinking. Hogan’s opportunity to do PR work, appear occasionally at live events and on a timely basis on TV and to have his likeness on more, sellable products is logical to me. If it is the dollars holding this matter up as in a bigger guarantee now and not willing to wait on the WWE business model to generate more, new Hogan bucks, then the deal may be simply and only about the immediate cash which isn’t a sin either.”

Is Jim Ross on the mark regarding Hulk Hogan?

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WWE Pay-Per-View Schedule Released For 2014

The 2014 WWE superstar calendar was released on WWEShop.com and inside the calendar was the pay-per-view schedule for 2014. Here are the dates for 2014.

- January 26th
- February 23rd
- April 6th
- May 4th
- June 1st
- June 29th
- July 20th
- August 17th
- September 21st
- October 26th
- November 23rd
- December 14th

The schedule shows instead of the annual two events in October, two events will take place in June.

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Video: UFC 166 Weigh-Ins Live Today on BetweenTheRopes.com At 5 PM ET

UFC 166 takes place tomorrow night from the Toyota Center from Houston, Texas. The main event is the trilogy fight for the UFC heavyweight championship as Cain Velasquez defends his title against Junior Dos Santos. The co-main event features Daniel Cormier battling Roy Nelson in heavyweight action.

Before the fighters get into the cage, they hit the scales for today’s weigh-ins starting at 5 p.m. ET at the Toyota Center.

Watch the live video stream above at BetweenTheRopes.com.

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Between The Ropes Video: TNA Bound for Glory 2013, Hell in a Cell Matches

Brian Fritz and Michael Wiseman are back with the weekly video talking about his Sunday’s TNA Bound for Glory 2013 PPV headlined by Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles for the TNA World Championship and the poll on the greatest Hell in a Cell match of all time.  (We apologize for the audio for Fritz as something was set incorrectly which is why the audio is a lower quality.)

TNA Impact Wrestling (Non-Spoilers) For Tonight’s Show

TNA returns tonight with an edition of Impact Wrestling. The episode that will tonight was taped last week from Tulsa, Oklahoma and we posted the spoilers last Friday. If you don’t want to read the spoilers, here is what will take place tonight.

- Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Eric Young vs. Robbie E in a four corners match

- Samoa Joe vs. Chris Sabin

- AJ Styles promo

- Gunner vs. Knux

- Kurt Angle promo

- TNA Champion Bully Ray vs. Magnus

- Bully Ray and A.J. Styles contract signing for the TNA Title match at Bound For Glory

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s Reality Series, “Rampage4Real” Premieres Tonight

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returns to the cage for the first time in almost ten months coming up on November 2nd against Tito Ortiz. But it is not inside the famed UFC octagon, it is inside the Bellator cage as Bellator makes its debut on pay-per-view.

Before the fight takes a three part reality series will feature Jackson heading into the fight with Ortiz. The first episode airs tonight starting at 11 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

Here is what will be on the show in a statement from Spike TV.

Rampage Jackson has the biggest fight of his career coming up when he faces Tito Ortiz on November 2nd. But before training starts, Rampage tries to get in the last of his partying. Watch as he lives the rock star life style with his entourage, before he attempts to start getting back into shape.

Watch the video above of the preview of tonight’s episode.

Will you watch the show?

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“UFC 166 Primetime: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos Episode 3″

UFC 166 takes place Saturday night from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main event will feature the trilogy fight between UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez battling Junior Dos Santos.

Last night the third and final episode of UFC Primetime featuring the fight between Velasquez and Dos Santos. The episode features what s ahpeening in each fighter’s camp heading into fight week.

Watch the complete final episode above.

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Video: “Countdown to UFC 166: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos”

Last night the UFC aired their Countdown show, which previews the key fights to an upcoming pay-per-view. UFC 166 takes place on Saturday night from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main event features the trilogy fight between UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defending his title against Junior Dos Santos.

This episode of “Countdown to UFC 166″ will go preview Velasquez and Dos Santos, the co-main event featuring heavyweights Roy Nelson and Daniel Cormier and a lightweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez.

Watch the videos of all three featured fights below.

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POLL: Greatest ‘Hell in a Cell’ Match of All Time?

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Since its inception in 1998, the Hell in a Cell match gimmick has seen some incredible battles… and some not-so-incredible ones.  But which one is the greatest of all time? Let us know what you think by voting in the poll below.  And be sure to watch the next ‘Between the Ropes’ video podcast where we here at Between the Ropes discuss the results of the poll, and give our own favorite Hell in a Cell memories. [Read more...]

Between The Ropes Talks UFC 166, Palhares, Shamrock Doc – October 16, 2013

Brian and Steve preview this Saturday’s UFC 166 show headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight championship, the Mount Rushmore of heavyweights and if it should include the winner of this fight, Rousimar Palhares being cut by the company, the idea of a Michael Bisping – Nick Diaz fight, the Frank Shamrock documentary “Bound by Blood” and more.

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