UFC 155 Results and Recaps
We are live with complete results from tonight's UFC 155 card. UFC 155 is live from Las Vegas, NV and features a main event of champion Junior Dos Santos versus challenger Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title.
To prepare for the big card, be sure and check out the preview pieces below!
Chris Cariaso vs. John Moraga
The opening fight of the night hardly proved to be an even contest. Moraga dominated from the start, landing on the feet early in the fight. Cariaso hung in during the first round, but Moraga continued to create distance on the scorecards in the second. But by the third round, the judges no longer mattered as Moraga sunk in a choke to secure the stoppage victory, building on his two-fight undefeated streak in the UFC.
“That’s one of my stronger positions (standing guillotine choke) to put my opponents in, so I knew I could surprise him with it and lock it in. Any win in the UFC is good, but I like to win impressively and I feel like I kind of did that. I’m still improving though and I know I can still be a better fighter.”
Moraga def. Cariaso via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:11 of Round 3
Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway
This featherweight contest was close, and the judges' scorecards certainly displayed that fact. The contest was back-and-forth from the start, but Garcia seemed to take control of the opening round. The second round featured more competitive striking, while the third did as well. However, a pair of takedowns seemed to be enough for Garcia to take the decision. The judges disagreed. Holloway discussed the win right after the decision with Joe Rogan.
“I definitely believe I won the fight. I’m tired of wrestlers getting victories that way. They get takedowns and do nothing with it and somehow they still get points for that, so I feel very vindicated with this win. Leonard is a tough guy though. No doubt about that. He hits hard and he shot in on my quite a bit in this fight, but we had a good game plan and I was able to leave with the win.”
Official Decision: Holloway def. Garcia via split-decision
Todd Duffee vs. Phil De Fries
Welcome back, Todd Duffee. The heavyweight prospect returned to the UFC tonight with a vicious technical knockout win over De Fries, landing some solid strikes to put his opponent away. While he was taken down after an early onslaught, Duffee proved that his hands are as dangerous as they come at the heavyweight mark.
“It feels good to be back in the UFC. I knew I had to win, but I wasn’t too worried about how though. I like the actual fight aspect of this sport, so I know I can deliver when I’m in there. I missed the fight feeling that you get when you’re standing across from your opponent and it felt awesome to get back in the Octagon.”
Official Decision: Duffee def. De Fries via technical knockout at 2:24 of Round 1
Myles Jury vs. Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson looked to cap off an impressive 2012 with one last win, but "The Ultimate Fighter" veteran Myles Jury wasn't about to allow it. Jury was able to utilize his wrestling early on in the fight to get the fight down, and he continued to use it throughout the three round affair.
“I’ve sacrificed and trained hard for this fight and it paid off. A lot of people didn’t give me a chance against someone like Michael, so I came out here with nothing to lose. It felt great to get the win, but to also get so much time in the Octagon, which is something that I haven’t gotten a lot of up to this point in my career. Everything about this fight is going to help me become a much better fighter overall.”
Official Decision: Jury def. Johnson via unanimous decision
Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner
Guillard looked to have bad intentions at the weigh-ins, but Varner walked away with the win. The fight was extremely close, and both men were eager and willing to trade often, but Varner always seemed to be just ahead with his strikes. A final slam in the final round of the three round contest possibly was the turning point for Varner, who walked away with the narrow split-decision win.
“This was a very emotional fight for both of us. After what happened a few weeks ago at The TUF Finale event, we were both ready to compete. I knew we would eventually get in the Octagon and squash our beef and I definitely feel that we did. I’m happy about my performance, I feel that I was able to dominate the fight wherever we ended up and I’m glad I got the win.”
Official Decision: Varner def. Guillard via split-decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
Byron Bloodworth vs. Erik Perez
Perez finished his third fight in the UFC in style. Bloodworth was game early on, but a knee to the stomach from Perez floored him. Eager to earn his third stoppage in as many fights in the UFC, Perez pounced, landing several shots before referee Kim Winslow hopped in to stop the contest.
“It feels awesome to get my third UFC win in six months. It just makes me want to get back in the gym and keep training. It made me proud to hear all the Mexican fans and all the other UFC fans cheering for me when I walked out and then especially when I won. I would love to make a run at the title this year, but I am happy to do whatever the UFC asks for my next fight.”
Official Decision: Perez def. Bloodworth via technical knockout at 3:50 of Round 1
Eddie Wineland vs. Brad Pickett
Bantamweight contenders Eddie Wineland and Brad Pickett clashed in the final FX fight of UFC 155, and the fight was as close as anyone expected it to be. The two strikers threw early, unafraid to trade. Wineland consistently landed the better strikes, though his British opponent did well to counter. However, the Indiana native walked out of the cage with a split decision to round out the preliminary card.
Official Decision: Wineland def. Pickett via split-decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)
Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson
Chris Leben looked for a glorious return after a year-long submission, but Derek Brunson came on strong early. After a brief amount of time spent on the feet, Brunson, the Strikeforce veteran, worked the fight to the floor, where he kept it for the majority of the round. Leben was able to stand in the final 30 seconds and land a nice shot, but Brunson had the better round.
The underdog tried to start the second round in similar fashion, but Leben had other plans. The longtime UFC veteran kept the fight on the feet early, though Brunson did not stop putting on the pressure, eventually earning the takedown.
Leben worked back to the feet, and Brunson attempted to lock on a guillotine choke, but he couldn't sink it in. Leben moved forward after escaping, and Brunson looked spent. The next three and one-half minutes were spent trading, but Leben always got the better of it. However, neither was able to take complete advantage in the second frame.
At the beginning of the third and final frame, Brunson looked renewed. He pressed the action, even pushing Leben up against the cage. Leben, looking noticeably slower than his usual self, attempted to come back with strikes, but failed to land anything significant.
Right when Leben was finally connecting on the feet, Brunson took the fight to the floor. After a few seconds, Brunson let his opponent up, but it was too late for Leben.
“I knew the type of fight I was getting myself into when I agreed to the bout," Brunson stated. "Leben is an all out slugger. I wanted to prove to myself that I could fight this guy and not just wrestle him for the victory. I wanted to go at it with him, but maintain my game plan and fight my fight. I started slowing down in the second round and I feel that’s just a matter of taking the fight and training for it on such short notice. Overall, I feel like I’m getting better, but I know I have a long way to go to compete in the UFC’s middleweight division.”
Official Decision: Brunson def. Leben via unanimous decision
Alan Belcher vs. Yushin Okami
After a fairly mundane opening fight to the evening, Belcher and Okami did little to regain the fans' attention. Okami was the first to make his mark in the fight, earning top position in the opening round, but he could do little with the position.
Meanwhile, Belcher fired back in the second, taking top position against the acclaimed wrestler. However, he, like Okami, could do very little with the position.
In the third and final round, Okami took control of the fight. The former top contender worked the fight to the ground, where he kept Belcher for the majority of the round. Belcher attempted to fight back, but could not regain his footing in the fight.
Okami jumps right back into contention, while Belcher takes a giant step back. Belcher had been one of the division's fast-rising stars, but he drops back in the pack after a disappointing loss.
“My game plan was to use all the tools that Team Quest taught me," Okami said. "The wrestling, striking and the clinch game were all successfully implemented in this fight to defeat Belcher. Belcher is a very tough opponent and I feel that a win over Belcher should allow me to keep challenging more of the top guys in the middleweight division.”
Official Decision: Okami def. Belcher via unanimous decision
Costa Philippou vs. Tim Boetsch
The second middleweight bout of the main card, featuring another pair of contenders, started off slowly. Philippou and Boetsch remained cautious early, but the latter made a strong move with a takedown with just one minute left in the opening round - likely enough for him to take the first.
However, Philippou was able to work his way back to the feet with barely any time to go, though Boetsch nearly floored him with five seconds remaining.
In the second round, Boetsch found trouble as he was unable to move the fight to the floor. Philippou managed to land on the feet, leaving his opponent with no option but to fall to his back. After a brief break in action due to a foul from Philippou, the action was resumed, but a bleeding Boetsch had no answer for his opponent.
The final round was more of the same, as Philippou continuously landed, while Boetsch continuously gushed blood out of his forehead.
With three minutes to go, Boetsch attempted to pull guard, leading only to big strikes from Philippou. After a brief amount of ground and pound, the fight was called by referee Kim Winslow.
Boetsch, who was close to a title shot, takes a giant step back, while Philippou takes a massive leap forward.
“I expected to win this fight, but not like this," Philippou said. "I made a few rookie mistakes in letting him take me down, but once we started trading blows back and forth later in the fight I had him. I was eventually able to get the better of him in the striking game and have the fight stopped. My teammate, Chris Weidman, was supposed to have this fight originally, but he was injured. Fortunately, I was ready and figured that it might as well be a teammate who replaced him and it all worked out in the end.”
Official Decision: Philippou def. Boetsch via technical knockout at 2:11 of Round 3
Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller
The co-main event of UFC 155 hardly disappointed.
Miller, coming off a loss in his last contest, was out for blood, and he found it. With vicious strikes and his superior strength, Miller dominated the opening round, slicing Lauzon open early.
The cut was so bad that referee Yves Lavigne stopped the fight momentarily so the doctor could take a look at it. Lauzon, however, pushed on.
In the second round, Miller picked up right where he left off, taking the fight to the floor right away. From the bottom, Lauzon bled badly, struggling to defend the submission attempts of Miller. Lauzon, after a long struggle, reversed Miller, ending up on top with just over 90 seconds to go.
The fight, however, was paused momentarily to cut some tape that was hanging from the gloves of Lauzon.
When the contest resumed, Miller looked to latch on rubber guard. He appeared to have a lock or choke of some sort, but Lauzon managed to slam him out of it. Still on top, he worked elbows as blood poured from his head. He grabbed hold of a leg lock, but the slipper Miller escaped, and they headed to a third.
In the final round of the fight, the blood loss and two hard-fought rounds seemed to be wearing down Lauzon badly, but that didn't stop him from continuously coming forward.
Lauzon landed several times on the feet, including a nice knee, but Miller put on the pressure, landing the better shots.
However, with just 30 seconds to go Lauzon rolled for a leg lock. He nearly had it, only to lose it. But that didn't stop him.
Bleeding like mad, Lauzon latched on to one final hope for a victory - a guillotine choke. He had it locked in, but the round closed, leaving Miller gasping for breath just after the bell rang.
“Joe Lauzon is a tough kid," said Miller. "I knew I was going to have to bring my best effort to put him away and I was never able to. That’s how good he is on the ground. And even in the last minute, look what he was trying to do to win the fight. I’m pleased with this win and I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym again.”
Official Decision: Miller def. Lauzon via unanimous decision
Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez
Cain Velasquez lost to Junior dos Santos once before, but he had no plans to lose to his foe a second time.
Velasquez fought hard to earn his heavyweight title back from dos Santos with his wrestling early in the first, but dos Santos' impressive takedown defense proved to much. A stiff overhand strike from Velasquez, however, changed the dynamic of the fight.
Dos Santos crumbled to the ground as Velasquez moved the fight to the mat, and the contest appeared to be nearly over. The champion hung on, though, and made it to the one minute break after the round closed.
In the second, Velasquez displayed more of the same, showing the type of skill set that made him champ before. He worked the fight to the ground again, and dos Santos looked extremely tired, though he did defend an armbar submission attempt nicely.
But Velasquez dominated the remainder of the round, prepared to go to a third. Dos Santos was not nearly as ready for the deep waters.
Dos Santos, with his face battered, attempted to land early in the round, throwing several uppercuts. But Velasquez once again poured on the pressure, dictating the fight at every turn. Dos Santos refused to back off, though, finishing the round with an impressive combination.
His face, however, was a wreck.
Velasquez seemed to notice, starting the fourth round just as he did in the first three, but dos Santos fought back. He turned the challenger into the cage and attempted to take the fight down. When that failed, he separated with a hook, but that only let Velasquez take the fight down.
While dos Santos was able to get back up, Velasquez simply landed on the feet at will and finished the round dominantly.
Entering the final round of the bout, the champion required a knockout in order to retain his title. Velasquez, meanwhile, was five minutes away from gaining back what once was his.
And he would get it.
Though dos Santos attempted to conjure every last ounce of energy in the round, Velasquez kept pushing him into the cage or down to the mat. With no answer, dos Santos walked to his corner after the bell rang, while Velasquez fell to his back, knowing the heavyweight title was once again his.
Official Decision: Velasquez def. dos Santos via unanimous decision