UFC 175: Machida no answer against Weidman

Weidman punch bloodied Machida in UFC 175

Chris Weidman successfully defends UFC Middleweight title for the second time against Lyoto Machida, who turns up too late in the bout

Weidman (12-0) went into the fight pressuring forward, attacking with leg kicks and attempted to counter with takedowns whenever Machida (21-5) kicked. Machida managed to connect with some punches and leg kicks as well but not enough to gain him any leverage. After Weidman shown great advantage on the ground after successfully taking down Machida towards the end of the second round, I believe his corner advised him to change his tactics in the third, just take Machida down and take the fight from there and that’s exactly what he did. Machida managed to get back to his feet but Weidman’s superior boxing got the better of the Brazilian and opened his eyebrow up with a huge right hand. He then got the takedown again, ground-and-pounded, got the back and slammed Machida down again.

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In the first championship round, Machida began throwing and landing some decent combinations and body kicks while stuffing all of Weidman’s takedowns. Machida had finally won a round but he would still need to finish Weidman to avoid losing by decision. Machida continued his momentum and rhythm going into the final round, he was finally fighting more like the Machida we know, but Weidman was patient, countering with elbows and a takedown that took a minute away from Machida to steal a win. Machida burst with some wild punches and flying knees in the final seconds but it was a little too late.

Weidman retained his middleweight title winning by easy decision. It wasn’t an entertaining fight until the championship rounds, Weidman wasn’t flashy or too dominant, but he sure looked way too big for the former lightweight champion to handle. However, I’m still not convinced that Weidman would stay middleweight champion for long, not unless he further improves with bigger confidence on offence.

Ronda Rousey defeats Alexis Davis in 16 seconds

Ronda Rousey boobs cleavage vs. Alexis Davis in UFC 175

Rousey (10-0) continues to improve, this time she beats her opponent in just 16 seconds from the opening bell. A huge right hand landed on Davis’ (16-6) ear, missed the lefty, executed a beautiful judo throw and unleashed like 10 punches straight to the face before the referee finally came to stop the contest. Davis was so out that she grappled the ref for like 20 seconds and still she didn’t know what happened. I seriously don’t see Rousey getting beaten any time soon. She’s just too good and there is just no real challenge for her in this weight class. She was very “bouncy” too, if you know what I mean, probably that’s one of the reasons why some of the guys in the crowd cheered for her.

Inspiring victory by Uriah Hall fighting through a broken toe against Thiago Santos

Uriah Hall broken toe bone in UFC 175

Hall (9-4) broke his toe in the first round with the bone sticking out and all but went on fighting the entire bout anyway and winning via unanimous decision. It’s truly amazing and inspiring, I’m sure I couldn’t have done it, adrenaline or not, but I’m not sure if I agree with the judges’ decision. Hall did show more movement, confidence and power with his strikes but I thought Santos (9-3) landed way more strikes, attacked Hall’s leg the whole bout and he did somehow caused Hall to break his toe, didn’t he? Santos didn’t seem to disagree with the decision though so I guess that’s fine? Respect to Santos as well for not directly attacking Hall’s toe. He could’ve stomped it in the clinch but he didn’t.

Full Results

(Source: Wikipedia)

Fight of the Night: Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida
Performance of the Night: Ronda Rousey and Rob Font

Main Card

Middleweight Title: Chris Weidman (c) def. Lyoto Machida | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Women’s Bantamweight: Ronda Rousey (c) def. Alexis Davis | KO (punches) | R1 0:16
Middleweight: Uriah Hall def. Thiago Santos | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Bantamweight: Russell Doane def. Marcus Brimage | Decision (split) | 3 rounds

Preliminary Card

Bantamweight: Urijah Faber def. Alex Caceres | Submission (rear-naked choke) | R3 1:09
Welterweight: Kenny Robertson def. Ildemar Alcântara | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Middleweight: Bruno Santos def. Chris Camozzi | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Bantamweight: Rob Font def. George Roop | KO (punch) | R1 2:19
Middleweight: Luke Zachrich def. Guilherme Vasconcelos | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Middleweight: Kevin Casey def. Bubba Bush | TKO (elbows) | R1 1:01

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