Gilbert Melendez defeated Diego Sanchez in an exciting lightweight match at UFC 166

At UFC 166 on Sunday, Cain Velasquez successfully held on to his title as the heavyweight champion against Junior dos Santos.

Santos was on the attack in the fight's early moments, managing to clip Velasquez with a strong punch. Unfortunately for Santos, the rest of the fight was dictated by his competitor. Round after round saw Velasquez pepper Santos with punches and knees, bloodying up the heavyweight challenger. After five rounds, Velasquez finally neutralized Santos for the title.

In other heavyweight matchups: Gabriel Gonzaga defeated Shawn Jordon by TKO in the first round. Daniel Cormier beat Roy Nelson by unanimous decision.

In a flyweight battle, John Dodson defeated Darrell Montague by KO in the first round. Dodson showcased his speed and strength in the match, forcing Montague to his knees after a series of hard blows. It didn’t take long for Dodson to finish the highly touted Montague off. Despite this loss, Montague is still thought to be a top flyweight prospect in the UFC.

As for the night’s biggest lightweight competition – and arguably the most exciting match of the day – Gilbert Melendez finished off Diego Sanchez by unanimous decision. The win, against one of the league’s feistiest fighters, was Melendez’s first UFC victory. As Melendez pummeled Sanchez with blood-drawing strikes, Sanchez continued to encourage the fight to go on. While Melendez was clearly getting the better of the action, Sanchez’s toughness forced the fight into the later rounds.

– Chelsea Regan

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