Mike Goldberg isn’t at the show tonight. Jon Anik is doing the play by play with Joe Rogan.
1. Derek Brunson vs. Chris Leben
Leben was on his back the entire round. Brunson took him down and kept him down. Easy round for Brunson.
Leben landed some shots here and Brunson tired from trying to keep him on his back. Much better round for Leben. But Brunson still won the takedown game and held his own with the striking. Still probably his round, but not by much.
Leben and Brunson were both tired. Leben couldn’t get off quite enough to where Brunson didn’t even seem to be worried. He took Leben down enough times to get the decision. Not a terrific way to open up this show.
Winner: Derek Brunson by way of unanimous decision
2. Alan Belcher vs. Yushin Okami
Okami pretty much out-grappled him the entire round. He knocked him to the ground and just kept him down. Not the kind of fight that you want to follow up the first fight with.
Belcher landed a nice right hand, but other than that, it was the same thing as the first. Okami looks good, though, it’s an Okami kind of fight.
Belcher was taken down, but fell on Okami, which was the best break for him. He was on top and winning the round, but Okami turned the tide and did Okami things. He should win an easy decision.
Winner: Yushin Okami by way of unanimous decision
3. Costa Philippou vs. Tim Boetsch
Boetsch looked good. He’s clearly the more well-rounded fighter, but Philippou has great hands. Boetsch wins the wrestling game and also dropped him with a shot.
Philippou somehow cut open Boetsch and also eye poked him. Philippou is slightly getting the best of it and Boetsch now has two cuts.
Boetsch can’t see now. Philippou is on top of him and it’s stopped. They needed this fight after the first two.
Winner: Costa Philippou by way of 3rd round TKO
4. Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller
Amazing first round. Lauzon is busted open over his right eye. Miller looks great. He’s pressing Lauzon, landing nice shots, and Lauzon is on the defensive. Lauzon trying to counter punch, but just can’t stop him from coming.
Miller got the takedown early on, probably because he was tired. He nearly broke his hand punching the mat from the top. Lauzon got the top position and may have stolen the round. Lauzon tried to sink in a heel hook but it was too slippery and Miller kicked out of it. This is really a great fight.
Great back and forth round. Lauzon kneed him and buckled him. Lauzon may have stolen this fight. He grabbed a heel hook again and transitioned to a guillotine right before the round ended. Scoring will be super interesting with this one.
Winner: Jim Miller by unanimous decision
All three judges had it 29-28 for Miller.
5. Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos
Velasquez is the real as Iron Sheik would say. Just an amazing performance in the first round. He pushed the pace the entire round and missed on a handful of takedowns. It was an overhand right that put Dos Santos down and Cain just worked him the entire round.
Dos Santos looked awful. He isn’t all there and may have a concussion. Velasquez is now taking Dos Santos down easier. Velasquez is now owning him. Dos Santos looks like he’s just trying to survive. Velasquez can probably press more, but he knows that JDS still has his right hand.
Another dominant round by Velasquez. He hit JDS a few times and JDS didn’t even put his hands up to protect his face. Velasquez is taking a safer route, trying to wear him down. He’s easily winning this fight.
Velasquez is now feinting low and throwing high. JDS has a ton of heart, but he’s taking a lot of punishment without protecting himself. The pace has slowed, but Cain’s in control. JDS landed a couple of glancing elbows to no avail. JDS can’t sit on his punches. His only chance is probably an uppercut or a big right.
Velasquez nearly kicked his head off. JDS is going to the hospital tonight. He took so much punishment. The fifth round was no different.
Winner: Cain Velasquez by way of unanimous decision
The scores were 50-43, 50-45, 50-44.