Round 2: Nelson comes out with some strong jabs to open the second frame. None find the mark, but Nelson has a look of determination in his eyes here. Nelson lands a decent shot and Cormier quickly backs up. Cormier with a wild overhand right that just misses Nelson. The pace is slow thus far in the second round. Cormier stuns Nelson briefly with a strong punch to the face. Cormier's corner can be heard yelling at him to work the body of Nelson. Cormier stuns Nelson again with another huge punch. Cormier is working a single-leg on Nelson and finally dumps him down to the mat. Nelson quickly pops back up to his feet. Cormier presses Nelson against the fence and now this is looking similar to the majority of the first round. Cormier continues to press Nelson against the cage, backing up briefly to land a quick combo of punches, before ultimately clinching and keeping Nelson inactive against the fence. The two separate now and Nelson takes a deep breath. Just over a minute left in the round as Cormier lands another solid punch to Nelson's face. Cormier with a mean leg kick that finds the mark. Nelson blocks a left high-kick attempt by Cormier. Joe Rogan claims Cormier may have injured his hand. The horn sounds to end another dominant round for Cormier. WrestlingINC.com scores the round 10-9 for Daniel Cormier.
Round 3: Cormier attempts a front kick that is blocked by Nelson to open the third and final round. Nelson needs a knockout here if he wants to win this one. Not the most exciting fight of the night on a card that has been full of very crowd-pleasing action. The main events make-or-break a show overall, so hopefully Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos bring the excitement in the final bout of the evening. The crowd is voicing their displeasure at both combatants now as the action slows in what has up to this point been a slow-paced fight as it is. Cormier lands a nice kick right up the middle on Nelson. Nice body kick by Cormier. Cormier lands a solid straight-right as we approach the mid-way point of the final round. Cormier is throwing a lot of kicks in this round. Cormier lands a huge punch and immediately follows it up with a takedown. Within a blink of an eye, Nelson pops back to his feet. Nelson blocks a high kick attempt by Cormier. And another. Nelson is sticking his chin out now and daring Cormier to slug it out with him as we approach the final minute of the fight. Cormier continues to stay smart and avoid the unnecessary risks. Cormier lands a decent one-two with his hands and clinches after the punches connect. The two separate and Cormier lands another decent shot. Nelson lands a decent leg kick as the horn sounds to end the round. Not the most exciting fight you'll ever see, but certainly another impressive performance by Daniel Cormier. WrestlingINC.com scores the round 10-9 for Daniel Cormier.
Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after 3 Rounds.
Finally, the fight we've all been waiting for. The third fight in what is being described as the "greatest trilogy in UFC history" between current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, and former champion Junior Dos Santos.
Cain Velasquez (c) vs. Junior Dos Santos [UFC Heavyweight Title]
Round 1: The electricity can be felt in the Toyota Center as the first round begins. Dos Santos stuns Velasquez almost immediately with the first shot he threw. Joe Rogan says, "he's hurt." He was definitely stunned for a brief moment. He recovered quickly. Velasquez looking for a takedown. Velasquez looking for a guillotine choke. Dos Santos escapes with ease. Dos Santos lands another really good shot. Both guys are putting everything behind every punch they've thrown thus far. A loud "Cain, Cain" chant breaks out from the fans in Houston. Both guys exchange punches. This fight is extremely intense here in the first round. Velasquez has Dos Santos pressed against the fence now as we approach the mid-way point in the first round. Velasquez takes Dos Santos down. Mike Goldberg informs fans that this is the second takedown for Velasquez in this fight so far. Velasquez is working inside Dos Santos' half-guard. The crowd is loud even during the slow moments of this fight. Dos Santos is working his way back to his feet now. Velasquez is punching him on his way up, making him pay for the attempt to return to his feet. Dos Santos is now standing again, with Velasquez pushing him up against the cage. "This is a Cain Velasquez style fight thus far," says Mike Goldberg. The two get a tiny bit of space between them on the cage and Velasquez lands a solid punch. Dos Santos working some tight inside leg kicks as he remains stuck against the cage with Velasquez smothering him. The two separate and Dos Santos misses a wild spinning back-kick. The horn sounds to end an exciting first round. WrestlingINC.com scores the round 10-9 for Cain Velasquez.
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