UFC 161 took place June 15, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. Top-5 heavyweight Roy Nelson (19-8) took on unheralded Stipe Miocic (10-1) in the night's co-main event. Check out the video highlights above.
For more on Miocic's stunning victory, catch the play-by-play from yours truly.
Round 1: Referee Jerin Valel oversees this heavyweight co-main event. Leg kick early for Miocic. Wild looping hook misses for "Big Country." And another. Miocic finds a home for a right hand. Nelson wades forward with a combination. Nelson misses a big uppercut. Miocic puts together a solid combination. Nelson headhunting with that overhand right. Miocic on point with his right hand. Miocic landing at will. Nelson plows forward. Miocic briefly takes his back, but Nelson muscles out. Miocic slips. Nelson wings a pair of overhand rights then takes a big, deep breath. Miocic lands flush. Nelson is in trouble. Miocic bulldozes Nelson against the fence and unloads a series of punches and knees. Nelson regains his wits and reverses. We're back to the center of the Octagon. Nelson tosses out a leg kick. Wow, great round for Miocic. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Miocic.
Round 2: Nelson's corner is furious at their fighter. Let's see if Nelson can pick it up. Miocic eats a right and circles. Miocic eats another right then answers with a knee. Big exchange. Miocic tags Nelson with a straight right. Nelson is dazed. Miocic plows forward, picking his shots. Good inside leg kick from Miocic. Short elbow. Nelson has nothing for Miocic so far. Miocic ducks under for a single, then abandons it and fires off a leg kick. Nelson is gasping for air with his hands down at his side. Both fighters trade left hands. Miocic fakes a double, then blasts Nelson with a pair of straight rights. Whoa, Nelson answers with a massive uppercut. Miocic backpedals away then resets his feet. Nelson is absolutely exhausted. Miocic landing at will with straight punches. Nelson trudges towards Miocic with his hands down. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Miocic.
Round 3: Nelson needs to do something drastic. Miocic blocks a wild overhand right then responds with a crushing combination. Another clean right hand blasts Nelson's chin. If nothing else, "Big Country" can take some major punishment -- but we already knew that. Miocic fires off another combination. Miocic stalks forward with his jab. Nelson nearly lands a heavy counter right. Nelson hunts for a single but winds up on all fours. Miocic blasts him with a right then stands. Miocic muscles Nelson against the fence, but Valel quickly separates the action. Nelson swings and misses. Miocic is picking Nelson apart at this point. More big shots collide into Nelson's jaw. Thirty seconds left and Nelson can barely stand. Huge salvo from Miocic. What a performance. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, and the fight, 30-27, Miocic.
UFC 161 results: Stipe Miocic def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)