By Josh Reese
The PPV started off with a threesome of Middleweight action, and to start of the Middleweight action was the return of a former great and a debut of a Strikeforce import. Chris Leben and Derek Brunson both looked really really slow and gassed by the 2nd round. Neither fighter looked very good at all and were winging punches towards the end. Brunson was able to end his losing streak, while Leben will go back to the drawing board after a year off and now his second loss in a row.
The second Middleweight bout was a rematch 6 years in the making Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher and six years later Okami is still the better fighter. Okami used his grinding wrestling style to make it a horrible 15 minutes for Belcher, Belcher was able to clip Okami a few times but other then those few times Okami blasted his way back in to the top 10.
The last and final Middleweight fight was between Tim Boetsch and Costa Philippou, Boetsch was the favorite going in to the fight riding a lot of hype and was on the edge of a title fight with Anderson Silva. Instead Philippou ended up being the Barbarian slayer and was able to finish and stop the fight, Philippou is now on a very quite 5 fight win streak.
The Co-Main event featured 2 of the companies most exciting Lightweights in history, before the two fought tonight Lauzon had won bonuses in 4 of his last 5 fights and Miller with 2 bonuses in his last 5. The two put on a classic that had lots of people saying fight of the year. Miller with the win put himself right back in to title contention.
The Main event was for the right to be the baddest man on earth and entering the fight, we had Junior Dos Santos an almost machine in the octagon. Some said Dos Santos could be the best of all time, his excellent boxing mixed with his superior take down defense some wondered if he could be stopped. Now enter the former champion Cain Velasquez, Velasquez was able to use his wrestling back ground to finally get Dos Santos down. The even more shocking part was even while standing Velasquez had the advantage, at times seemingly toying with the Champion. The fight that ensued was a 5 round blowout decision for “Brown Pride” this was the 1st time a Heavyweight title fight went 5 rounds since UFC 58 which had Randy Couture beat Tim Sylvia.