UFC 166 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (Strikes) – Round 5, 3:09  – Heavyweight Title Fight
  • Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision
  • Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision
  • Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:33
  • John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 4:13

Preliminary Card:

  • Tim Boetsch def. CB Dollaway via Split Decision
  • Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:48
  • Jessica Eye def. Sarah Kaufman via Split Decision
  • KJ Noons def. George Sotiropoulos via Unanimous Decision
  • Adlan Amagov def. T.J. Waldburger via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 3:45
  • Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio via D’Arce Choke – Round 1, 1:52
  • Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 0:53
  • Kyoji Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 3:51

UFC 166 Predictions


UFC 166 Predictions

Cain Velasquez vs Junior dos Santos

It’s not very often where I get excited for a third meeting between two fighters, but when they are the clear-cut #1 and #2 fighters in their division, you can’t help but get a little jacked up. It also helps that their first two meetings were the polar opposites of each other, with JDS dominating the first fight and Velasquez owning the rematch. Stylistically, nothing really has changed from their first two meetings. Dos Santos will once again have the obvious power advantage, and the ability to end the fight at any given moment against Velasquez’s sometime shaky chin. He is also a black belt under the Nogueira brothers, but we have yet to see what his ground game looks like other than the ability to get back to his feet in an instant after a takedown.  Other than that, Velasquez is better pretty much everywhere else. The wrestling, clinch game, smothering top game with vicious ground and pound all favor the champ. In their second fight, Velasquez mixed up his wrestling and striking to near perfection, in his five-round beatdown of the former champ, and I expect more of the same this time around. I see Velasquez using the clinch while looking to get the fight to the mat early and often wearing Dos Santos down, which will open up his striking game en route to late round TKO finish.

Pick: Velasquez by TKO.

Daniel Cormier vs Roy Nelson

Another heavyweight match-up puts former Olympian and blue chip prospect, Daniel Cormier against the fan favorite and ultra-tough Roy Nelson. Since the UFC’s heavyweight title is currently being held by friend and training partner, Cormier says this will be his last fight in the division before dropping to the 205-pound weight class. Cormier will look to use his superior wrestling skills to nullify the outstanding power of Nelson’s overhand right. While Nelson’s ground game is vastly underrated, his success comes from his top game and he’ll likely have serious problems off his back if Cormier gets him down. Nelson needs to land a big shot early, but I don’t see Cormier allowing much opportunity for that.

Pick: Cormier via Decision

Gilbert Melendez vs Diego Sanchez

Two former lightweight title contenders meet in a key match-up that looks to change the landscape of the 155-pound rankings. Gilbert Melendez is at his best when he’s able to work at his pace, mixing his striking with late takedowns to seal rounds in his favor. He has struggled against aggressive fighters in the past (Josh Thomson, Ben Henderson), and Diego Sanchez always comes in with a heavy offensive output. That being said, I’m not sure Sanchez has the skills to keep Melendez backing up and taking him off his game plan.  There may be a couple close rounds, but I like Melendez to get the better of Sanchez throughout.

Pick: Melendez by Decision

Gabriel Gonzaga vs Shawn Jordan

Since returning to the UFC, Gabriel Gonzaga has gone back to his jiu-jitsu roots which I feel has always been his best chance for victory in a division full of strikers. But after a 17-second knockout of Dave Herman, I’m afraid we might see the striking-heavy Gonzaga again at UFC 166. Even if he does try to get the fight to the mat, it won’t be an easy task against Shawn Jordan, who is one of the most gifted athletes in the division. Jordan is big, strong, has brain-mashing power, and continues to improve in all facets of the mixed martial arts game each time out. The longer this fight stays on the feet, the more it favors Jordan.

Pick: Jordan by KO

John Dodson vs Darrell Montague

Darrell Montague is finally where he belongs, in the UFC with the chance to face the division’s elite. That’s exactly what he’s getting when he makes his debut against John Dodson at UFC 166. Montague is incredibly well-rounded in all aspects of MMA, with strong boxing skills and a knack to find submission finishes on the ground. Dodson is also strong in all areas of the sport, but will likely have the advantage in speed, power, and pure athleticism. I’m expecting a close fight for a round or two, then Dodson landing a big shot and getting the finish shortly after.

Pick: Dodson via TKO

Tim Boetsch vs CB Dollaway

Since dropping to 185, Tim Boetsch has had a strength advantage over nearly all of his opponents, and that shouldn’t be any different heading into UFC 166 against CB Dollaway. Boetsch starts incredibly strong with explosive takedowns, suffocating top game, and an array of ground and pound strikes filled with knees to the body and hammerfists. As fights wear on though, his pace slows dramatically and at times nearly comes to an abrupt stop. That could be dangerous against a grappler like Dollaway, who has a great guillotine choke and could capitalize on a tired takedown attempt. Fortunately for Boetsch, I don’t see him needing to extend himself in the early rounds and can use his wrestling to secure a clear-cut decision victory.

Pick: Boetsch by Decision

Prelim Quick Picks

Nate Marquardt vs Hector Lombard – Lombard by Decision

Sarah Kaufman vs Jessica Eye – Kaufman by Decision

George Sotiropoulos vs KJ Noons – Sotiropoulos by Submission

TJ Waldburger vs Adlan Amagov – Amagov by KO

Tony Ferguson vs Mike Rio – Ferguson by KO

Jeremy Larsen vs Andre Fili – Fili by Decision

Dustin Pague vs Kyoji Horiguchi – Horiguchi by KO

Hector Lombard vs Nate Marquardt Targeted for UFC 166

Hector Lombard


Hector Lombard

  • 32-4-1 MMA / 1-2 UFC Record
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Alexander Shlemenko, Jesse Taylor, Rousimar Palhares

Nate Marquardt


Nate Marquardt

  • 32-12-2 MMA / 10-5 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Demian Maia, Rousimar Palhares, Tyron Woodley


UFC 166

October 19th, 2013

Houston, Texas

Toyota Center


Former Bellator middleweight champion, Hector Lombard is in dire need of a win, losing two of three fights during his time with the UFC. Most recently, Lombard dropped a split decision to Yushin Okami at UFC on Fuel TV 8. He also lost a controversial split decision to Tim Boetsch in his promotional debut.

Nate Marquardt has now dropped his last two fights since defeating Tyron Woodley in June of last year to become Strikeforce’s middleweight champion. He lost a one-sided decision to Tarec Saffiedine in the promotion’s final event, and most recently suffered a first round knockout loss to Jake Ellenberger in his return to the UFC.

UFC 158 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Georges St-Pierre def. Nick Diaz via Unanimous Decision
  • Johny Hendricks def. Carlos Condit via Unanimous Decision
  • Jake Ellenberger def. Nate Marquardt via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 3:00
  • Chris Camozzi def. Nick Ring via Split Decision
  • Mike Ricci def. Colin Fletcher via Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card:

  • Patrick Cote def. Bobby Voelker via Unanimous Decision
  • Darren Elkins def. Antonio Carvalho via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 3:06
  • Jordan Mein def. Dan Miller via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 4:42
  • John Makdessi def. Daron Cruickshank via Unanimous Decision
  • Rick Story def. Quinn Mulhern via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 3:05
  • T.J. Dillashaw def. Issei Tamura via KO (Knee and Punches) – Round 2, 0:26
  • George Roop def. Reuben Duran via Unanimous Decision

Jake Ellenberger vs Nate Marquardt Now on Tap for UFC 158

Jake Ellenberger

Jake Ellenberger

  • 28-6 MMA / 7-2 UFC Record
  • Won 7 of Last 8 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez, Jay Hieron

Nate Marquardt


Nate Marquardt

  • 32-11-2 MMA / 10-4 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Demian Maia, Rousimar Palhares, Tyron Woodley


UFC 158

March 16th, 2013

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Bell Centre


Jake Ellenberger rebounded from his June knockout loss to Martin Kampmann with a unanimous decision win over Jay Hieron at UFC on FX 5. The win was his seventh in eight fights, including notable wins against Diego Sanchez, Jake Shields, and Mike Pyle.

 Nate Marquardt looks to rebound from losing Strikeforce’s welterweight title, following a one-sided unanimous decision loss to Tarec Saffiedine in January. The loss snapped a two-fight losing streak, including a stellar fourth round knockout of Tyron Woodley at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Kennedy.

Strikeforce: Marquardt vs Saffiedine Quick Results

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Main Card

  • Tarec Saffiedine def. Nate Marquardt via Unanimous Decision 
  • Daniel Cormier def. Dion Staring via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 4:02
  • Josh Barnett def. Nandor Guelmino via Arm-Triangle Choke – Round 1, 2:11
  • Gegard Mousasi def. Mike Kyle via Rear Naked Choke – Round 1, 4:09
  • Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza def. Ed Herman via Kimura – Round 1, 3:10

Preliminary Card

  • Ryan Couture def. KJ Noons via Split Decision
  • Tim Kennedy def. Trevor Smith via Guillotine Coke – Round 3, 1:36
  • Pat Healy def. Kurt Holobaugh via Unanimous Decision
  • Roger Gracie def. Anthony Smith via Arm-Triangle Choke – Round 2, 3:16
  • Adriano Martins def. Jorge Gurgel via Unanimous Decision
  • Estevan Payan def. Michael Bravo via TKO (Strikes) – Round 2, 4:01

Strikeforce Adds Gilbert Melendez vs Pat Healy, Nate Marquardt vs Tarec Saffiedine Title Fights to January Event


Gilbert Melendez

  • 21-2 MMA / 11-1 Strikeforce Record
  • 7 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Josh Thomson (x2), Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri


Pat Healy

  • 28-16 MMA / 6-1 Strikeforce Record
  • 5 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Maximo Blanco, Caros Fodor, Mizuto Hirota



Nate Marquardt

  • 32-10-2 MMA / 1-0 Strikeforce Record
  • 2 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Demian Maia, Rousimar Palhares, Tyron Woodley


Tarec Saffiedine

  • 13-3 MMA /3-1 Strikeforce Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Scott Smith, Roger Bowling, Tyler Stinson


Strikeforce: Melendez vs Healy

January 12th, 2013

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Chesapeake Energy Arena


Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez looks to continue his dominance over the 155-pound division and extend his winning streak to eight. He earned the interim-Strikeforce title in August of 2009 with a third round TKO victory over Mitsuhiro Ishida and became the sole champion when he unified the belts with a unanimous decision victory over Josh Thomson three months later. He has since defended the title four times, including wins over Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Jorge Masvidal.

Pat Healy retained his number one contender status with a controversial unanimous decision win over Mizuto Hirota at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Kennedy earlier this year. The win was his fifth consecutive victory, which also included key victories over Maximo Blanco and Caros Fodor.

Former UFC fighter, Nate Marquardt became Strikeforce’s welterweight champion in his promotional debut with a stunning fourth round knockout over previously undefeated Tyron Woodley in July of this year. The fight was his first since being the released from the UFC for testing positive for a banned substance just a day before his scheduled fight with Rick Story at UFC Live on Versus 4.

Tarec Saffiedine has earned a shot at Strikeforce gold on the heels of a three-fight win streak, which includes decision victories over Scott Smith, Tyler Stinson, and Roger Bowling. He’s won six out of his last seven fights, with his only defeat being a unanimous decision loss to Tyron Woodley in January of 2011.