UFC 155 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from Velasquez vs. Dos Santos

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UFC 155 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of sports fans are all too familiar with heavyweights Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, or at least as familiar as you can be after just 64 seconds. That's how long it took dos Santos to dethrone Velasquez and claim possession of the UFC's heavyweight championship.

That was 13 months ago, the first and only fight on the inaugural UFC appearance on network television. It was the most watched fight in American MMA history, drawing more than eight million viewers for its one minute and change of action.

Will the fight have the same appeal when they run it back for $44.95 on pay-per-view rather than free on Fox? That's the question UFC officials were asking themselves in the days leading into the year-end event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

We won't have the answer to that question for several days. In the immediate aftermath, we'll judge success and failure based only on what happened in the cage and on television. And there, it wasn't much of a show until Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller stole the show with their three-round blood bath.

In the main event, Cain Velasquez regained his belt in a dominating performance. Dos Santos was never in the fight, but impressed many with his hard head, surviving a sustained beating from the new champion.

Of course, results don't tell the whole story.

At every UFC event, there are literal winners and losers, and some whose victories and losses are metaphorical. A fighter can have his hand raised and still be a loser, if only in the eyes of the fans and UFC brass. Likewise, a loser who fights with heart and spirit can make a name for himself in a way he never could with a dull win.

Who were the real winners and losers at UFC 155? Let's explore together.

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