Event: UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
Date: October 19, 2013
Time: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
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UFC Heavyweight Championship
UFC Heavyweight Champion
Junior dos Santos
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Las Vegas, Nevada
San Jose, California
Santa Ana, California
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card (8pm ET)
Boca Raton, Florida
British Columbia, Canada
San Diego, California
Facebook Preliminary Card (6pm ET)
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The main event is expected to be 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.
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 Kaufmanvs. Jessica Eye.
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 will now face promotional newcomer Andre Fili.
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 byC.B. Dollaway.
UFC 165 is the first UFC pay-per-view to feature two title defenses since UFC 152, which also took place in Toronto.
The main event is expected to be a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout between the current champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.
Co-featured on the card will be a rescheduled Interim Bantamweight Championship bout between the current champion Renan Barão, and former WEC Bantamweight Champion and top contender Eddie Wineland. The pairing was first planned as the headliner at UFC 161, but was removed from that event after Barao had a foot injury.
Mark Bocek was expected to face Michel Prazeres at this event. However, Bocek pulled out due to an injury and was replaced by UFC newcomer Jesse Ronson.
Ivan Menjivar was expected to face Norifumi Yamamoto at the event. However, Yamamoto was removed from the bout and was replaced by Wilson Reis.
|Light Heavyweight||Jon Jones (c)||vs.||Alexander Gustafsson||[a]|
|Bantamweight||Renan Barão (ic)||vs.||Eddie Wineland||[b]|
|Heavyweight||Brendan Schaub||vs.||Matt Mitrione|
|Middleweight||Costa Philippou||vs.||Francis Carmont|
|Lightweight||Pat Healy||vs.||Khabib Nurmagomedov|
|Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Lightweight||Mike Ricci||vs.||Myles Jury|
|Bantamweight||Ivan Menjivar||vs.||Wilson Reis|
|Welterweight||Chris Clements||vs.||Stephen Thompson|
|Bantamweight||Mitch Gagnon||vs.||Dustin Kimura|
|Preliminary card (Facebook/Youtube)|
|Lightweight||John Makdessi||vs.||Renee Forte|
|Lightweight||Jesse Ronson||vs.||Michel Prazeres|
|Bantamweight||Roland Delorme||vs.||Alex Caceres|
|Heavyweight||Nandor Guelmino||vs.||Daniel Omielańczuk|
- For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
- For the UFC Interim Bantamweight Championship.