For the past three months, Dana White and his brethren at the UFC have been touting the promotion’s final three events of the year as some of the greatest that they have ever put on. And while it’s true that White has a flair for the dramatic, he’s not overselling anything. UFC 166, 167, and 168 are some of the most complete, stacked cards fans have ever been lucky enough to see.
The fun starts tonight, when UFC 166 takes place live from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Headlining the event is a rubber match between world heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and the only man to ever defeat him; however, that’s not all this card has to offer. The prelims, which thanks to how many events the UFC has per month now have become unwatchable for the most part, are also going to be fantastic.
Will Tim Boetsch suffer a third straight loss and final himself Bellator-bound? Will Nate Marquardt suffer a third straight loss and find himself WSOF-bound? Will Hector Lombard’s drop to welterweight prove be a huge success or catastrophic disaster? Will K.J. Noons be able to bounce back from that humiliating performance against Donald Cerrone? Will Jessica Eye be able to establish herself as the dominant challenger to Ronda Rousey’s belt that some are hyping her up to be? We’ll all find out together soon enough.
Tim Boetsch def. C.B. Dollaway via Split Decision (30-26, 29-27, 30-26)
Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt via Knockout (Punches) at 1:48 of Round 1
Jessica Eye def. Sarah Kaufman via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
K.J. Noons def. George Sotiropoulos via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Adlan Amagov def. T.J. Waldburger via Knockout (Punches) at 3:45 of Round 1
Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio via Submission (Choke) at 1:52 of Round 1
Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen via TKO (Punches) at 0:53 of Round 2
Kyogi Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague via TKO (Punches) at 3:51 of Round 2