UFC 155 Recap and Analysis

UFC 155 Report Card: Cain Velasquez Regains the UFC Heavyweight Title

12/30/12 in MMA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Dec 29, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Cain Velasquez (top) and Junior Dos Santos (bottom) lock up during UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Cain Velasquez regained his title in a dominate five round victory over Junior dos Santos


Cain Velasquez: A-
 
Cain Velasquez dominated Junior dos Santos for 25 minutes, and erased any demons that lingered in the back of his mind from the first fight. Velasquez was able implement his game plan and wear down the former champ with a mix of strikes, leg kicks and take downs. Velasquez was even able to out strike dos Santos, and hit him with a few massive shots throughout the fight. The only blemish during Velasquez’ performance was that he was unable to finish a wobbly and visibly gassed dos Santos during the fight.
 
Jim Miller: A
 
Jim Miller put on a stellar performance against the dynamic and gritty Joe Lauzon. Miller started the fight extremely aggressive and battered Lauzon with punches and elbows to the head early in the fight, and opened a serious cut on Lauzon early in the first round. Miller never let up and continued to work at a frantic pace for the majority of the fight.
 
Dec 29, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Joe Lauzon during UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon each won $65,000 for Fight of the Night honors at UFC 155

Joe Lauzon: B-
 
Joe Lauzon put on a spectacular performance in his decision loss to Jim Miller and looked about as fantastic as a fighter can look during a loss. Lauzon collected his 12th post-fight bonus, and received $65,000 and ‘Fight-of-the-Night’ honors. Lauzon was cut early in the first-round and had blood streaming across his face for most of fight, but continued to battle, and, almost even, finished Miller late in the third round.
 
Tim Boetsch: C+
 
Tim Boestch fought the majority of his matchup against Constantinos Philippou with a broken hand, a swollen eye, and a deep cut on his forehead—it’s a testament to his heart and toughness that he was able to go the distance. Boetsch seemed out of sorts from the beginning of the fight and was not his usual dynamic and hard hitting self.
 
Junior dos Santos: D
 
Dos Santos was so thoroughly dominated and bludgeoned during his five round fight with Cain Velázquez that we cannot help but wonder if the first fight between the two was a fluke. Dos Santos was never able to get any offense going, and was physically exhausted and beat down by the end of the first round. The former champ earns some points for being able to last all five rounds while taking a serious beating, but, other than his toughness, there were no other positives to take from the fight. Dos Santos is said to have a broken jaw and will probably be out of action for a while.
 
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12/31/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Scott wrote:
Majority of the card was just blah.  Last two fights though were well worth the money spent

Yeah a couple of those fighters were complete snoozers!

12/30/12   |   Scott   |   53726 respect

Majority of the card was just blah.  Last two fights though were well worth the money spent