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UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II Main Card Results and Recap

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Tonight's fight card comes to us live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Chris Leben vs. Derek Brunson

The first of three straight middleweight bouts kick-starts the pay-per-view this evening, as Chris Leben (22-8) returns from a year-long suspension to face UFC newcomer Derek Brunson (9-2). Brunson actually advanced to the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, but was denied a chance to compete on the show by Showtime since he was under contract to Strikeforce. Herb Dean will be the referee.

Round 1: Brunson with a big kick to the body to start that Leben blocks. Another kick and Leben catches it and goes for a trip-takedown. Instead, it is Brunson who gets the takedown and moves to advance position. Leben goes for an arm, but Brunson pulls the ligament free. Full guard and Brunson lands a few short jabs. Leben going for an arm but Brunson uses his power to get out and back to guard. Brunson using his wrestling to control the action, while also watching for any submission attempt by Leben. Brunson into the mount, working an arm triangle, but Leben blocks that. Brunson nearly takes the back, half-guard, and a nasty elbow to the face of Leben. Brunson with a nice little flurry of punches inside the guard, as he grabs a hold of the head, but nothing comes of it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brunson

Round 2: Brunson goes for another takedown to start the round, gets double under-hooks in, but Leben is able to fight off the takedown and remain standing. Big left from Leben and Brunson shoots in, getting the takedown. Leben going for a submission, softening Brunson up with a series of short, quick punches off his back. Weak guillotine attempt by Brunson is easily fended off by Leben. Huge uppercut from Leben connects, as Brunson tries firing back. Leben fends off a takedown attempt and Leben is looking to tee-off. Nice pairs of jabs land from Brunson, as Leben answers back. Both fighters look exhausted as we head under a minute in the round. Leben with a flurry, as he fights off another takedown attempt.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Leben

Round 3: Brunson throws a strong left to start, and a right, but Leben looks the fresher man right now. Brunson misses wildly, goes for a takedown, and Leben fends it off with ease. Brunson gets the takedown this time but has yet to do any damage. Leben gets up, eating a knee to the body in the process. Big right misses by Leben, but he lands a pair of jabs. Very lackluster performance, but not as many boos from the crowd as during the prelims, which featured much more excitement. And, as soon as I type that, the booing starts. Leben throws a series of lefts, but Brunson answers with a takedown. Brunson does some small damage on the ground, but the two get back to their feet and finish there.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brunson

Derek Brunson def. Chris Leben via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alan Belcher vs. Yushin Okami

We remain in the middleweight division, as Alan Belcher (18-6) seeks a fifth consecutive victory vs. former contender Yushin Okami (27-7). This is the second meeting between these two, as Okami won the first. The referee will be Chris Tognoni.

Round 1: Huge head kick attempt to start by Belcher, as there is no feeling out process. Belcher with another head kick attempt. A third head kick attempt and Okami pushes Belcher down to the mat for a brief time. Okami controlling Belcher, using his size to his advantage against the cage. Body shot by Okami and Belcher seems uninterested in what is happening. Trip attempt, Belcher gets a guillotine in, but full guard. Belcher controlling the posture of Okami on the ground. Side control and Okami is using his size to squash Belcher on the canvas.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Okami

Round 2: Okami holding Belcher up against the fence to start the round, winding up on top as they go to the mat. Belcher looking for a guillotine, but is unable to get it and Okami is back on top, smothering him to the canvas. Belcher is in the one position he cannot win the fight in - on his back with Okami grappling him to death. In side control, the ref enlightens the fans by standing them up. Belcher with a huge right buckles Okami, and follows with a head-kick. I am sure Chael Sonnen is watching and is not-too-happy about the stand up by the ref. Okami pushes Belcher up against the cage, working for another takedown attempt. Okami moves to the back and drags Belcher down. The ref stands them back up with 20 seconds to go, but Belcher is unable to do anything.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Okami

Round 3: Superman punch by Belcher misses as Okami ducks. Belcher drops Okami with a big right, but Okami gets back to his feet. Belcher loading up the right again, and misses, but is able to avoid getting taken down by "Thunder." Okami grabs hold of Belcher and takes him down, but Belcher lands on top and is in full-mount. Belcher moves to the back, but Okami controls the wrist. Okami stands up, carrying Belcher, but Belcher has a standing guillotine in, drops to the ground and is unable to hold the choke. Now, Okami is in the guard with two-plus minutes to work. Okami into full-mount and working for some minor ground-and-pound. A minute to go and Okami is in control of this one, smothering Belcher.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Okami

Yushin Okami def. Alan Belcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Tim Boetsch vs. Costa Philippou

Our third and final middleweight scrap will see Tim Boetsch (16-4) face off with Costa Philippou (11-2). Both fighters are on four-bout win streaks. Philippou replaced teammate Chris Weidman, who was forced out with an injury. Kim Winslow is the referee in charge.

Round 1: After two lackluster middleweight bouts, maybe Boetsch and Philippou can lighten things up for the final two fights. Boetsch moving forward, grabs hold of Philippou and has him up against the fence. Joe Rogan makes the comparison to the first two fights, as Boetsch gets the takedown. Philippou with a knee to the body and separates from Boetsch. As Boetsch comes in, Philippou lands an uppercut. Boetsch, however, is able to hold Philippou up against the fence to regain his composure. Boetsch gets the takedown with just over a minute to go. Quick standup by the ref and Philippou goes for it, landing a nice combo that Boetsch walks right through. Boetsch finishes the round with a front-kick, dropping Philippou.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch

Round 2: Joe Rogan said Boetsch's corner told him to fight through it, making it seem something might be broken or injured. Upon the first strike thrown, it would appear Boetsch may have suffered a broken hand. Huge right hand thrown by Boetsch, who has also thrown a pair of lefts. Cut above the head of Boetsch and blood is coming down his face. Boetsch throws an elbow with his right instead of the hand, meaning he likely does have a broken hand. Takedown attempt by Boetsch, but Philippou sprawls and gets away. Boetsch flinches as Philippou hits the right hand. Accidental poke to the eye stops the action, as a doctor is coming in to check things out. Boetsch using the front-kick, as he is unable to get a takedown. And again, Philippou sprawls off a takedown attempt. Some swelling forming around the eye of Boetsch from the poke. So, to sum up, Boetsch has likely broken his hand, been cut from an accidental head butt, and has swelling around the eye from an accident eye poke. Outside of that, Boetsch has looked pretty good. Philippou on top, landing some nice ground-and-pound as the round comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Philippou

Round 3: Boetsch's corner asked if he wanted to stop the fight, and he replied with a four-letter word. Nice answer from a tough fighter who is struggling to see, and likely has a broken hand. Another takedown attempt misses, and Philippou pounces, landing some nice ground-and-pound that has Boetsch opened up. Blood pouring from the forehead/nose region of Boetsch, as Philippou wants the fight standing. Boetsch trying to tie Philippou up on the ground, but Philippou just wants him up and standing. Nasty hammerfist by Philippou, who unloads and this one is over.

Costa Philippou def. Tim Boetsch via TKO (strikes) at 2:11 of Round 3

Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller

It's time for the co-main event, as a pair of lightweights look to move up the ladder. Joe Lauzon (22-7) faces Jim Miller (21-4). The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: Miller looking to land a big left, backs Lauzon up with a kick and another left. Lauzon connects with an uppercut inside the clinch. Miller throwing some heavy-handed shots, nearly drops Lauzon with a flurry. Big left from Miller, who is loading and unleashing right now. Series of lefts and Lauzon is backpedaling away. Lauzon fires back with a knee to get Miller thinking twice. Miller using a nice inside leg-kick to set up his hands. Lauzon stops Miller with a right, but Miller has Lauzon tied up, bloody and is working an arm-triangle attempt. Miller cut Lauzon open with a series of shots. The ref is calling a stop due to the cut, as Lauzon's face is a crimson mess. Lauzon is wiped clean and ready to go again, and Miller throws a big right, followed by a knee to the forehead. Miller is unloading, and Lauzon answers with an uppercut. Lauzon catches Miller with a knee coming in, but is back on the attack now. Lauzon with a right, and both go down as they each attempt a flying knee. Miller now back with a combo, as this round has had more action than the three other main card bouts. Lauzon, with blood pouring, is continuing to move forward, as the crowd erupts in approval.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Miller

Round 2: Two cuts on Lauzon, but the crowd explodes to start the round. Miller with a huge left, as the blood is pouring once again from Lauzon's face. Miller gets a takedown and is likely working to finish this with some ground-and-pound. Body shots by Miller and Lauzon is looking for a submission. Miller is working to advance, but is also smothering Lauzon's head, causing even more blood to pour from the cuts. Miller going for a choke, but is unable to get it and Lauzon is on top. The ref calls a stop, but not to stand them, just to remove a piece of tape from Lauzon's wrist. Great job by Lavigne to keep them on the ground. Lauzon picks up Miller and slams him down to the mat, looking to advance position. Lauzon locks in a leg-lock attempt, but is too high and unable to get it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon

Round 3: Miller drops Lauzon with an inside leg kick. Combo from Lauzon lands, as Miller looks exhausted. Body shot by Lauzon, but Miller takes him down with an inside leg kick again. Miller not engaging on the ground, and Lauzon back to his feet. Lauzon still moving forward, and Miller appears to be throwing much weaker strikes. Another cut on the left eye of Lauzon. Lauzon looks like he is straight off The Walking Dead, just a zombie moving forward, going after Miller. Lauzon lands a knee to the body and Miller is wobbled. Pair of kicks to the feet of each fighter. Two minutes left and Miller back to the attack, throwing lefts and a kick to the lead leg. Miller misses an elbow as we head under a minute. Lauzon shoots for a heel-hook or an ankle lock with just seconds left. A guillotine choke by Lauzon but Miller hangs on and this one is over.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon

Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Junior dos Santos (c) vs. Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight championship

It's time to close out 2012 with the UFC heavyweight title on the line, as Junior dos Santos (15-1) faces Cain Velasquez (10-1) in a rematch of their 2011 contest. Herb Dean will be the referee for this contest.

Round 1: Velasquez coming right after dos Santos, grabs a leg and takes him down. Dos Santos reverses it and is back to his feet. Velasquez goes flying in for a takedown and is denied. Velasquez just coming right at dos Santos, hitting and looking for a takedown. Straight jab by Velasquez connects, and dos Santos answers with a jab, and another. Velasquez grabs a leg, but dos Santos pulls free. Exchange of leg kicks and this one has gone longer than the first. Right hand connects by Velasquez, who drops for another takedown but dos Santos gets away. Body shot by dos Santos, and a right by Velasquez. Straight right jab lands from Velasquez, and a nasty right by Velasquez. Nose of dos Santos could be broken, as it is bloody. Right by dos Santos just a glancing blow. Stiff left by Velasquez lands, and he connects with a knee to the body that slows dos Santos. Cut on the forehead of Velasquez, as they tie up against the cage. A total of 57 shots landed by both men through the first three minutes. Overhand left from Velasquez follows a kick. Velasquez has dos Santos tired, he drops him and pounces, landing several lefts. Another trip takedown and Velasquez is unloading with lefts to the face with a minute to go. Velasquez peppering him with lefts, and dos Santos gets up, but is quickly taken down again. Velasquez has a body lock and is teeing off, but dos Santos will survive the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Velasquez

Round 2: Velasquez with a series of lefts and rights, and then drops dos Santos with another takedown. Velasquez on his back, now working to the mount and is back to dos Santos' back with ease. Dos Santos gets up, and Velasquez takes him back down with brute strength. Velasquez stalking dos Santos, who is backing up and trying to recover. Another takedown with ease by Velasquez, as dos Santos looks broken and beaten with three minutes to go in the round. Velasquez with a big knee to the body of dos Santos, who is able to get to his feet. Trip takedown by Velasquez, who moves to control. Velasquez rolls into an armbar attempt, but dos Santos slips out and moves to his feet. Uppercut by Velasquez, who looks out of it on his feet with his eyes swelling shut. Velasquez landing everything as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Velasquez

Round 3: Right away, dos Santos is backing up, but he does land an uppercut. Velasquez with another takedown, as he holds a 165-33 advantage in strikes landed. Dos Santos landed a few nice shots early, but they were all backing up, and he isn't going to have enough power to knock Velasquez out backing up on his strikes. Velasquez with a big left hook and a right that connects, as he holds dos Santos up against the fence. Three minutes to go in this round, and dos Santos fires off a left, but eats an elbow in return. Uppercut by Velasquez connects. Body work by Velasquez, who is patiently picking dos Santos apart. Big knee by dos Santos, but Velasquez just takes it and lands a combo to the head of dos Santos. Kick to the body by Velasquez.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Velasquez

Round 4: Velasquez just picking dos Santos apart, kicking him at will and landing everything. Dos Santos answers with a left to the body, but Velasquez gets another takedown. Dos Santos, though, is right back up, getting away and fending off a takedown attempt. Dos Santos goes for a takedown against the fence, but Velasquez fights it off. A right jab followed by a takedown from Velasquez. Dos Santos gets back to his feet, avoiding the ground attacks by Velasquez. Monster left lands to the chin of dos Santos, who fires back with an elbow. Regardless of who you were rooting for, the heart of dos Santos to survive this attack has been incredible. Velasquez working the clinch, firing off lefts and rights at will. Elbow to the face lands by dos Santos, but Velasquez just keeps walking through the strikes. Single-leg attempt by Velasquez is fended off and we head to the fifth.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Velasquez

Round 5: Dos Santos, how he is still standing I do not know, fends off a takedown and is actually moving with some energy. Dos Santos fending off the takedown attempts of Velasquez, and landing rights at will now. Velasquez runs it but is unable to get the takedown, as dos Santos misses with a right. Straight left from Velasquez, who goes to the clinch with dos Santos. Three minutes left, and anyone who bet the distance in this one is likely feeling very lucky right now. Velasquez gets the takedown in the center of the Octagon, looking to tie him up and go for some ground-and-pound. Half-guard and Velasquez is smothering the champion with two minutes to go. Short elbows and dos Santos is covering up as Velasquez goes to the back. Dos Santos gets up and is still alive in this one, though likely on life support. Pair of rights by dos Santos with 60 seconds remaining. Velasquez throws a pair of wild strikes. Head kick by Velasquez out of nowhere. Just seconds remaining, and there is no questioning the heart of dos Santos ever after this one.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Velasquez

Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44) to become the UFC heavyweight champion

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