Tonight’s lineup for UFC 155 may not have been the most stacked in the organization’s history of year-end events but it certainly boasted a number of bouts ripe with potential in terms of delivering a ton of entertaining action. Featuring a main event match-up between heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (15-1) and former title-holder Cain Velasquez (10-1), the card was also highlighted by fights such as Melvin Guillard-Jamie Varner, Eddie Wineland-Brad Pickett, Alan Belcher-Yushin Okami, and Joe Lauzon-Jim Miller.
Belcher came up short in his effort against Okami, dropping a decision after failing to capitalize on a few well-placed punches and for the most part being out-muscled throughout the tilt. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for Belcher and was Okami’s second straight instance of success.
Fellow middleweight contender Tim Boetsch also saw his standing go out the window when he suffered a TKO loss to Costa Philippou. Boetsch came out strong but injured his hand in the opening round, later suffering a cut that eventually set Philippou up to pound “The Barbarian” out in the third stanza of their scrap.
Meanwhile, Miller and Lauzon turned in a classic even if the effort was a bit one-sided. Miller scored an obvious Unanimous Decision victory though not an easy one, cutting Lauzon early with a series of strikes but never truly stifling the Massachusetts native’s attack.
Last but not least, Dos Santos’ scrap with Velasquez was a rematch of their November 2011 tilt in which the roles of champion/contender were reversed. The bout was far from a replay of their first fight with Velasquez playing aggressor, notching takedowns at will in the early rounds and landing a number of crisp strikes throughout including a few that put JDS on the ropes. “Cigano” fought valiantly but Velasquez’s pressure was too much and ultimately brought him nods from all three judges (and the divisional strap).
Read below for a list of UFC 155 results:
John Moraga def. Chris Cariaso via Submission Round 3 (Guillotine Choke)
Max Holloway def. Leonard Garcia via Split Decision
Todd Duffee def. Philip De Fries via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Myles Jury def. Michael Johnson via Unanimous Decision
Jamie Varner def. Melvin Guillard via Split Decision
Erik Perez def. Byron Bloodworth via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Eddie Wineland def. Brad Pickett via Split Decision
Derek Brunson def. Chris Leben via Unanimous Decision
Yushin Okami def. Alan Belcher via Unanimous Decision
Costas Philippou def. Tim Boetsch via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon via Unanimous Decision
Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via Unanimous Decision