Whoever said everything is bigger in Texas must have been talking about UFC 166.
Featuring three heavyweight bouts, including a much-anticipated rematch between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez for the title, the main card from the Toyota Center in Houston is sure to feature big hits and ferocious battles.
Throw in intriguing battles in the flyweight and lightweight division, and you’ve got a seriously compelling slate of fights.
Let’s take a look at how the main card unfolded on Saturday night.
In the night’s main event, Cain Velasquez beat Junior dos Santos for the second time in less than a year and retained his heavyweight championship.
Velasquez controlled much of the fight, but in the fifth round, he hit dos Santos with the 1-2 and the referee was finally forced to call the rightful stoppage.
After losing his belt to dos Santos back in November of 2011, Velasquez has now won four in a row, including two over Cigano and two title defenses in the span of six months.
The 31-year-old is unstoppable right now.
Daniel Cormier stayed undefeated with a dominant, unanimous-decision win over Roy Nelson on Saturday night, and a title shot is almost assuredly on the horizon.
He said after the fight he was planning on moving down to 205 pounds for his next fight.
The No. 2 ranked fighter in the heavyweight division has now won all 13 of his bouts, and although Roy Nelson has been inconsistent throughout his UFC career, this was a very no-nonsense, impressive win.
Gilbert Melendez defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision, but "unanimous" doesn't quite completely describe the thrilling fight.
Melendez busted open Sanchez just above the eye in the first round and controlled the second, meaning The Nightmare had to go for broke in the final round.
And "go for broke" he did.
A bloodied and super-fired-up Sanchez turned the fight into an absolutely chill-inducing slugfest, as the crowd turned into a frenzy and the pace only quickened as the round drew on.
It was one of the best, craziest, most thrilling fights you will ever see, and both fighters deserve endless amounts of credit.
Melendez, currently ranked No. 2 in the division, could be in line for a shot at Anthony Pettis, but no one in their right mind could get mad at a rematch of this entertaining battle.
Gabriel Gonzaga clearly has something left in the tank, as the 34-year-old and former title contender spoiled Shawn Jordan’s homecoming with a hasty and massive first-round knockout.
The veteran Brazilian, who challenged Randy Couture for the heavyweight title all the way back in 2007, has now won two fights in a row after being knocked out by Travis Browne in April and could be in line for another top-10 fight after a really impressive win on Saturday night.
It's his second-straight first-round knockout, and it's clear that his boxing is only improving with age.
As for Jordan, the El Paso, Texas native and former national-title winning fullback with LSU is now just 3-2 on the UFC stage and still has some work to do to prove himself.
Most recently falling to defeat against flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in the Fight of the Night at UFC on Fox 6 back in January, John Dodson seriously needed a victory to regain momentum in the title picture.
He got just that and more, spoiling Darrell Montague’s UFC debut, using a crushing left-handed punch for a massive knockout in the first round to give him the third-fastest victory in flyweight history.
Before losing to Johnson, The Magician had won five in a row, including three straight UFC bouts. This incredibly impressive victory and amazing performance will undoubtedly keep him on the short list of challengers for Johnson’s title.