Cormier looked dynamic as he likely has begun slimming down to fight at LHW.
Melendez battered Diego Sanchez to prove he's still one of the best LW's in the world.
Gonzaga proved he will still put you to sleep with his banana-peelin' hands if you get caught.
Dodson showed he's still one of the best flyweights to not wear the belt in his division.
Lombard keeps his job with a quick KO of the backsliding Marquardt.
Boetsch begins the slow ascent back to a title shot, perhaps.
KJ Noons beat a guy who hasn't won in a couple years but once was a title contender.
Not exactly a year end blockbuster insanity card, but it is what it is. The heavyweight fight was as good as good have been expected and a decisive stamp on the trilogy. Imagine if JDS had gotten a quick KO, we'd be in 4th fight territory.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (strikes) - Round 5, 3:09 - to retain heavyweight title
- Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
- Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:33
- John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 4:13
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Tim Boetsch def. C.B. Dollaway via split decision (30-26, 27-29, 30-26)
- Hector Lombard def. Nate Marquardt via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 1:48
- Jessica Eye def. Sarah Kaufman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- K.J. Noons def. George Sotiropoulos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:15 p.m. ET)