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UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3
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The poster for UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateOctober 19, 2013
VenueToyota Center
CityHouston, Texas
Total gate$2.5 million[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3 UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Muñoz

UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos III was a mixed martial arts event held on October 19, 2013, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.[3]


The main event was a UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between the current champion Cain Velasquez and top contender Junior dos Santos.[3][4] The two have split their two previous encounters with Dos Santos winning the first bout via first round knockout at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos and then Velasquez winning the rematch via unanimous decision at UFC 155.

A bout between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov was rescheduled from UFC 164 however visa complications left Nurmagomedov unable to compete and was subsequently replaced by Mike Rio.

A bout between George Roop and Francisco Rivera was scheduled for this card, but was moved to UFC Fight Night 31 and replaced by Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica Eye.[5]

Matt Grice was expected to face Jeremy Larsen at the event. However, Grice was forced out of the bout after sustaining serious injuries in a September 8 car accident in his home state of Oklahoma.[6] Grice was replaced by Charles Oliveira who also lost his original opponent, Estevan Payan, due to injury.[7] Subsequently on October 5, Oliveira pulled out of the Larsen bout citing a strained thigh muscle.[8] Larsen instead faced promotional newcomer Andre Fili.[9]

Luke Rockhold was expected to face Tim Boetsch at the event. However, Rockhold was forced out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by C.B. Dollaway.[10]

Andre Fili weighed in 2.5 pounds too heavy. As a result, 20-percent of Fili's purse will be forfeited to his opponent, Jeremy Larsen. [11]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Cain Velasquez (c) def. Junior dos Santos TKO (slam and punch) 5 3:09 [a]
Heavyweight Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan KO (punches) 1 1:33
Flyweight John Dodson def. Darrell Montague KO (punch) 1 4:13
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Middleweight Tim Boetsch def. C.B. Dollaway Decision (split) (30–26, 27–29, 30–26) 3 5:00 [b]
Welterweight Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt KO (punches) 1 1:48
Women's Bantamweight Jessica Eye vs. Sarah Kaufman No Contest (overturned) 3 5:00 [c]
Lightweight K.J. Noons def. George Sotiropoulos Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (Facebook/Youtube)
Welterweight Adlan Amagov def. TJ Waldburger KO (punches) 1 3:00 [d]
Lightweight Tony Ferguson def. Mike Rio Submission (D'Arce choke) 1 1:52
Catchweight (148.5 lb) Andre Fili def. Jeremy Larsen TKO (punches) 2 0:53
Bantamweight Kyoji Horiguchi def. Dustin Pague TKO (punches) 2 3:51
  1. ^ For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ Dollaway had 1 point deducted in round 3 for a second poke to the eye.
  3. ^ Originally ruled a Split Decision (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) victory for Eye, result overturned due to Eye testing positive for marijuana during a post fight screening.
  4. ^ This bout aired on the broadcast following the Melendez vs Sanchez bout.


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.[13]

  • Fight of The Night: Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Knockout of The Night: John Dodson
  • Submission of the Night: Tony Ferguson

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "UFC 166 draws reported 17,238 attendance for $2.5 million live gate". MMA Junkie. October 20, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Pay Per View". MMAPayout.com. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  3. ^ a b Mike Bohn (2013-06-13). "Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos 3 trilogy fight announced for UFC 166 in October". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  4. ^ Brett Okamoto (2013-07-01). "Velasquez, dos Santos To Fight For Third Time". espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  5. ^ Staff (2013-08-23). "UFC 166 adds Eye vs. Kaufman, sends Rivera vs. Roop to UFC Fight Night 31". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  6. ^ Staff (2013-09-09). "UFC's Matt Grice hospitalized after overnight car accident". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  7. ^ Staff (2013-09-10). "With Estevan Payan out, Charles Oliveira meets Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
  8. ^ Thomas Myers (2013-10-05). "Charles Oliveira injured, removed from UFC 166 fight card in Houston". MMAMania.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  9. ^ Staff (2013-10-07). "UFC signs Andre Fili to meet Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166 in Houston". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  10. ^ Staff (2013-09-18). "Luke Rockhold out, C.B. Dollaway meets Tim Boetsch at UFC 166". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  11. ^ Staff (2013-10-20). "Dana White: Andre Fili gets a pass for missing weight for UFC 166". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  12. ^ "UFC® 166:UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  13. ^ Staff. "UFC 166 bonuses: Melendez, Sanchez, Dodson and Ferguson win $60,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.