UFC 166 Start Time: When and Where to Watch Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3

Artem MoshkovichFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2013

Oct 18, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cain Velasquez, left, and Junior Dos Santos, right, during the weigh-in for UFC 166 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports
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Featuring a main event as significant and undeniably historic as the third act of the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos trilogy, UFC 166 didn't have to have to action-packed fight card—and yet it does. 

On Saturday night—long before that heavyweight championship showdown blows the roof off Houston's Toyota Center—fans will be treated to a series of contests between more explosive fighters than any fight card needs to feature.

Just consider this: The slugger versus veteran showdown laying dormant in Nate Marquardt vs. Hector Lombard had to be squeezed onto the undercard.

Need I say more?

Here's the full timeline and details for UFC 166's fight card:

Full Fight Card and Start Times
Main CardPay-per-view10PM ET
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquezvs.Junior dos Santos
Daniel Cormiervs.Roy Nelson
Gilbert Melendezvs.Diego Sanchez
Gabriel Gonzagavs.Shawn Jordan
John Dodsonvs.Darrell Montague
Televised Preliminary CardFox Sports 18 PM ET
Tim Boetschvs.C.B. Dollaway
Nate Marquardtvs.Hector Lombard
Sarah Kaufmanvs.Jessica Eye
George Sotiropoulosvs.KJ Noons
Online Preliminary CardFacebook/YouTube6:15 PM ET
TJ Waldburgervs.Adlan Amagov
Tony Fergusonvs.Mike Rio
Jeremy Larsenvs.Andre Fili
Dustin Paguevs.Kyoji Horiguchi
Via UFC.com


In the off chance that typed names—no matter how prominent—don't get you pumped for a night of fights, here's something a bit more visual. Courtesy of the UFC's official YouTube channel, the countdown special for both the main and co-main event really sets the stage.



Will Velasquez manhandle dos Santos for a second consecutive outing, or will he succumb to a well-timed grenade detonated at the leading end of "Cigano's" fist? Is Cormier the man to crumble the granite-encased chin that has made Nelson infamous inside the Octagon? 

With less than 24 hours left before showtime, be sure to sound off with your picks in the comments below.


Artem Moshkovich is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter for MMA news and more.