Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Cain Velasquez successfully defended his UFC heavyweight belt via a fifth-round technical knockout win over Junior dos Santos during their third clash in Saturday’s UFC 166 at Toyota Center.
In the final round, dos Santos attempted a standing choke but Velasquez shrugged it off violently, throwing both heavyweights to the ground.
A drained Dos Santos remained on his knees after the collision and Velasquez moved in for the kill, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the bout at the 3:09 mark.
Velasquez improved to 13-1 after defending the belt for the second straight time, becoming just the fourth fighter to accomplish the feat.
“The game plan was the same as the last fight,” said Velasquez, whose only professional loss came to dos Santos in November 2011, via a first-round knockout. However, he avenged that defeat via unanimous decision in their second bout.
“Pressure, but throw better punches. Crisper punches, so I could beat him to the punch. He has great heart,” added Velasquez, who is expected to face No. 1 heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum.
Dos Santos (16-3) staggered Velasquez early with a short right hand but that did not deter the champion from attacking.
“He’s very — what can I say? He beat me up,” dos Santos said.
In the undercard of the event, heavyweight Daniel Cormier (13-0) remained unbeaten as a professional mixed martial artist after beating Roy Nelson (19-9) via scores of 30-27 from each of the three judges.
“The game plan was to stand with him in the first round and take him down in the last two,” said Cormier, who is expected to drop weight class after this bout.
In his last heavyweight appearance before an attempt to drop weight class, Cormier brought a well-rounded, intelligent game plan to the Octagon. He wore on Nelson’s gas tank early, forcing him to defend takedowns and counter grapple.
In other results, Gilbert Melendez beat Diego Sanchez, Gabriel Gonzaga downed Shawn Jordan, John Dodson prevailed over Darrell Montague, Tim Boetsch defeated CB Dollaway, Hector Lombard downed Nate Marquardt and Jessica Eye edged Sarah Kaufman.