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UFC 157 Main Card Recap: Machida Bests “Hendo;” Faber, McGee, and Lawler Pick Up Wins

Lyoto Machida UFC on Fox 4MMAFrenzy’s coverage of tonight’s UFC 157 pay-per-view continues with our coverage of the non-championship bouts on the main card. In the evening’s co-main event, Lyoto Machida bested Dan Henderson with his usual display of Karate skills. In other action, Urijah Faber, Court McGee, and Robbie Lawler all netted victories on the PPV main card.

Be sure to check out our full coverage of UFC 157 including live results, play-by-play, recaps, and more.

Machida Frustrates and Defeats Henderson

Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida took to the Octagon with a shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on the line. In the end, Machida got the nod in a split decision. Machida was able to evade the big shots of Hendo and made the Team Quest fighter pay every time he advanced in the fight with knees and punches. While the crowd was upset with the decision, Machida is now in line for a title shot.

Faber Submits Menjivar

Urijah Faber needed only one round to win his rematch over Ivan Menjivar. “The Pride of El Salvador” would land a big head-and-arm throw early, but that ended up being his best moment of the fight. Faber would quickly reverse position and pound away in the guard of Menjivar. Menjivar would eventually scramble to his feet and Faber quickly jumped on the fighters back and transitioned to a rear-naked choke that forced Menjivar to yield.

McGee Batters Neer

Court McGee made a successful welterweight debut tonight in Anaheim. McGee peppered away for the majority of the fight and overwhelmed Neer with over 236 strikes landed. Neer would bounce back from nearly getting finished twice in the first, but was never able to do enough to change the course of the fight.

Lawler Upsets Koscheck in UFC Return

Strikeforce import Robbie Lawler made his UFC return tonight at UFC 157 against Josh Koschek. While the former middleweight spent most of the fight defending the takedown offense of Kos, it took a window of mere seconds to put the AKA product away. Lawler scrambled up to a front-head lock position and then unloaded with five unanswered shots that were enough to cause referee Herb Dean to call a stop to the fight.

Quick Results:

  • Lyoto Machida def. Dan Henderson via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
  • Urijah Faber def. Ivan Menjivar via submission (standing rear-naked choke) at 4:34 of Round 1
  • Court McGee def. Josh Neer via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
  • Robbie Lawler def. Josh Koschek via TKO (strikes) at 3:57 of Round 1

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