UFC 166: Velasquez vs Dos Santos III Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Scott Johnson

Good things come in threes and the same can be said for UFC Heavyweight title fights. Cain Velasquez will look to put a stamp on the title bout trilogy with a another win over challenger and former champion Junior Dos Santos. Cain’s initial title run came to an end early in their first meeting when the then challenger from Brazil landed a huge right hand to take the title from Velasquez. After defending his newly acquired strap one time, JDS then faced with the Velasquez in a rematch who was dead step on getting his title back. With a dominant performance, the American retook the 265 pound golden strap for Junior and went on to vanquish his fellow countryman Antonio Silva in his first successful title defense.

At UFC 166 on October 19th, Cain will try to buck the trend of title transference, with another win over the hard hitting challenger. Junior comes into the bout motivated and ready to prove his doubters wrong by once against climbing to the top of the division with another highlight reel knockout. No matter who wins the title, is the rivalry over? Most likely not, but it will temporarily open the door for the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, and Travis Browne to take respective their shots at the gold.

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In the co-main event, two tournament champions collide, also at Heavyweight. Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier meets Ultimate Fighter tournament champion Roy Nelson in a fight that could impact the UFC’s Light Heavyweight title scene. Cormier is contemplating dropping the required poundage to make the 205 limit in order to challenge Jon Jones. If he is successful in his bid against Nelson, improving his UFC record to 2-0, he could find himself opposing the LHW champ in the not too distant future. Conversely, if JDS defeated Daniel’s training partner to take the Heavyweight title, Cormier might consider a shot at the Brazilian for the HW strap. Nelson has long been flirting with cutting weight; both for conditioning reasons and now the possibility of a move to 205 seems more likely then ever. If Nelson can upset his undefeated opponent he feels that would warrant a shot at the title should he make a successful cut to 205. Title fight implications are dripping off this fight. Will it be DC or Big Country that reins supreme?

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Filling out the main card are a trio of exciting bouts, including the UFC sophomore appearance of former Strikeforce Champion Gilbert Melendez. Melendez is ranked #2 in the division and with a win could align himself for a shot at either the newly crowned UFC champion and former WEC Champion. The other possibility is that long time Strikeforce rival Josh Thomson could be next on El Nino’s dance card should he succeed in ruining Petti’s first title defense. The motivation for Gilbert is endless. Opposing him will be former title challenger Diego Sanchez. Sanchez is making a return to 155 after spending some time at 170. His first climb up the Lightweight ranks ended at the hands of then champion BJ Penn. Will Sanchez be able to recapture former glory or will Melendez continue his march to prove he is the best in the world at 155.

Also on the main card Heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Shawn Jordan meet in a bout almost certainly not destined for the scorecards. The hard hitting Jordan will look for another UFC knockout, while the BJJ Black belt will be focussed on dragging this fight to the mat and exposing his opponent to a barrage of submission attempts. The main card will be kick started by a clash of #2 ranked Flyweight and former TUF champion John Dodson facing off with top ranked 125 pound prospect Darrell Montague. Dodson is coming of a title fight defeat and will look to hold onto his spot in the division, but Montague rides a 5 fight winning streak into the contest and has title aspirations of his own.

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The 8 fight preliminary bout is headlined by a fight at Middleweight featuring #1o ranked Tim Boetsch against injury replacement CB Dollaway. Also on the card will be the Welterweight debut of former Bellator Middleweight champion Hector Lombard when he meets former Strikeforce Welterweight champ and UFC Middleweight contender Nate ‘the Great’ Marquardt. Top ranked Canadian Women’s Bantamweight contender and former Champion Sarah Kaufmann finally makes her Octagon debut against the always dangerous Jessica Eye. KJ Noons is back in action, and the Facebook prelims is capped off by a 170 pound scrap between TJ Waldburger and Adlan Amagov.

UFC 166’s 13 fight card is stacked from top to bottom and promises a tonne of exciting action. Do not miss this card, especially the third installment of the Velasquez/ Dos Santos Heavyweight title fight rivalry. All of your main card predictions are available in the latest episode of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions and your preliminary breakdowns can be found at the link below.

Main Card

Main Card Cain Velasquez (C) vs. Junior Dos Santos

Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson

Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan

John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague

Prelims

Tim Boetsch vs. CB Dollaway

Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt

Jessica Eye vs. Sarah Kaufman

K.J. Noons vs. George Sotiropoulos

Adlan Amagov vs. T.J. Waldburger

Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio

Andre Fili vs. Jeremy Larsen

Kyogi Horiguchi vs. Dustin Pague

 

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