Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida
Here is the play-by-play from that fight:
Round 1: Weidman opens up with three leg kicks, interesting… Lyoto has yet to open up with a minute and half already past. Lyoto with a body kick, but Weidman shoots, stopped and they clinch. Weidman slides out and we go back to striking. Weidman with a big right, he hits a long left and they a mad scramble. Weidman lands a kick to the body, Weidman with two in a row kicks. Lyoto eats a kick, but lands a big strike. Lyoto with a high kick and lands. Weidman just misses a spinning back kick. More of a feeling out process and they exchange here and there to end the round.
Round 2: Lyoto opens the round with a kick, but Weidman shoots it down. Weidman presses forward with strikes, but just misses. Weidman with more kicks and is trying to get a hold of Machida. Lyoto lands a big right, but Weidman counters with an overhand right. Weidman with a jumping front kick to Lyoto. They both meet with leg kicks, Weidman just cannot find his range. Lyoto lands a big over the top left that just connects with Weidman. Now, Weidman get’s a double leg takedown with a minute left, he puts Machida on the fence where he can control the action. Weidman starts opening up the ground and pound, he gets Lyoto’s back, but Machida stands up and eats a knee by Weidman.
Round 3: Weidman with a stiff jab into the face of the dragon, but Lyoto fires back to back head kicks, but does not land. Weidman shoots, stuffed and stands up. Lyoto lands a body kick, followed by a head kick. Weidman shoots, stuffed and we’re back to standing. Weidman with a jab, jab, double leg takedown! He get’s into Machida’s guard, picks his shots. Weidman get’s the back of Lyoto, but Lyoto slides out and we are standing once more. Weidman with a flurry of strikes, it stuns Lyoto. Weidman hunts, while Machida is the pray. Weidman with more strikes and this leads to Lyoto to bleed. Lyoto with a knee to the body, but does not faze Weidman as he gets a takedown. He get’s the back of Lyoto, he rains down strikes. Lyoto get’s up, but Weidman get’s him right back down. Less than a minute and Weidman is controlling this fight. Lyoto stands up and he is bleeding pretty good now. They exchange to the bell.
Round 4: Championship rounds! Weidman works the legs coming out. Lyoto starts to find his groove, he is landing left hooks on Weidman. Now, Weidman is starting to back down and Lyoto is the aggressor. Lyoto is looking to finish with head and body kicks. Lyoto is landing to the body, they exchange in the pocket. Now, Lyoto is getting a bit more tired. Weidman shoots, Lyoto defends well and we go back to striking. The fans get behind Lyoto, he lands a body kick. Lyoto is starting to get more and more confidence in his fighting style. Weidman shoots, stuffed by Lyoto and we go back to stand up. They exchange to end the round.
Round 5: Final round! Machida comes out with body kicks, Weidman is becoming bruised on the body. Lyoto targeting the body even more. Weidman is trying to get back to what he was doing prior to the fourth round and it’s starting to work. Lyoto with a big right, Weidman shoots, Lyoto stuffs it. Lyoto puts Weidman on the fence, in the clinch. They break, then Weidman lands two back to back knees to the body of Lyoto. Now, Machida lands a body kick and we are under three minutes. Weidman just misses a head kick, but lands a big right. They exchange in the pocket. Lyoto looking to clinch more and more. Weidman with a knee to the body then a big right, left combo. Lyoto pressing forward with more and more strikes. Weidman shoots and gets a double leg takedown. Weidman in the guard of Machida and starts landing elbows. Weidman gets the back of Machida, raining down strikes. However, Machida get’s up and they exchange to end this fight.
Result: Chris Weidman def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (49-45, 48-47, 49-46) to retain UFC middleweight title
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