|UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos III|
The poster for UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos III.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||October 19, 2013|
|Total gate||$2.5 million|
The main event was a UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between the current champion Cain Velasquez and top contender Junior dos Santos. 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.
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. Grice was replaced by Charles Oliveira who also lost his original opponent, Estevan Payan, due to injury. Subsequently on October 5, Oliveira pulled out of the Larsen bout citing a strained thigh muscle. Larsen instead faced promotional newcomer Andre Fili.
|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 lbs)||Andre Fili||def.||Jeremy Larsen||TKO (punches)||2||0:53|
|Bantamweight||Kyoji Horiguchi||def.||Dustin Pague||TKO (punches)||2||3:51|
- For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
- Dollaway had 1 point deducted in round 3 for a second poke to the eye.
- 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.
- This bout aired on the broadcast following the Melendez vs Sanchez bout.
The following fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.
- Fight of The Night: Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez
- Knockout of The Night: John Dodson
- Submission of the Night: Tony Ferguson
- "UFC 166 draws reported 17,238 attendance for $2.5 million live gate". MMA Junkie. October 20, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- "Pay Per View". MMAPayout.com. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
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- Staff (2013-09-09). "UFC's Matt Grice hospitalized after overnight car accident". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
- Staff (2013-09-10). "With Estevan Payan out, Charles Oliveira meets Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
- Thomas Myers (2013-10-05). "Charles Oliveira injured, removed from UFC 166 fight card in Houston". MMAMania.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
- Staff (2013-10-07). "UFC signs Andre Fili to meet Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166 in Houston". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
- Staff (2013-09-18). "Luke Rockhold out, C.B. Dollaway meets Tim Boetsch at UFC 166". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
- "UFC® 166:UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- Staff. "UFC 166 bonuses: Melendez, Sanchez, Dodson and Ferguson win $60,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.