Cain Velasquez successfully defended his UFC heavyweight title at UFC 166 in Houston tonight, defeating Junior Dos Santos in a grueling five round war until a TKO victory was declared at 3:19 of round five.

Dos Santos was able to land the occasional punch at range and elbow in the clinch, but was mostly overwhelmed by a superior clinch game and incredible tenacity of Cain Velasquez. Velasquez also scored several takedowns. A right hand dropped Dos Santos in round three, and the ensuing ground-and-pound attack nearly forced a referee stoppage. Still, Dos Santos soldiered on, until hitting the mat hard after a guillotine choke attempt in round five. Then, Velasquez pounced on his dazed opponent for a few more strikes until the bout was halted.

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Dos Santos, whose MMA record dropped to 16-3, offered no excuses for the loss. In his post fight interview, he said he came into the fight in good shape, unlike their last encounter. Dos Santos also memorably remarked, “He beat me up. What can I say?”

Dana White would imply that the winner of this bout could be declared the best heavyweight in MMA history. After the bout, he pronounced the event, “the greatest night of fights we ever put on.”

At UFC 166, Cain Velasquez defeated Junior Dos Santos by TKO at 3:19 of round five to retain the UFC heavyweight title.