Top Light Heavyweights Phil Davis and Lyota Machida squared off in the co-main event of the evening. Even after defeating Dan Henderson back at UFC 157, Machida again found himself in the position of trying to re-earn a title shot that had already been promised. Davis on the other hand came into the bout with his sole loss coming against former title contender Rashad Evans. He displayed good footwork against his elusive foe early on, but Machida found his rhythm as the fight progressed. The real difference was Davis’s ability to score takedowns toward the end of each of the first two rounds. Machida’s legendary take down defense was on display as he thwarted the majority of Davis’s attempts, but the takedowns he did allow were likely his demise in the eyes of the judge. While Machida was able to mix it up well on the feet and land accurate punches and kicks, Davis was able to do just enough to eke out the first two rounds and the decision. It was certainly a tough pill to swallow for Machida and the Brazilian crowd, and the loss ends his title aspirations for the time being. It remains to be seen just how far Davis can rise in the division.
Winner: Phil Davis, 3rd Round Unanimous Decision