The co-main event was a long-awaited title shot between Ricardo Lamas (13-2) and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (23-1). Lamas would finally have his shot to capture UFC gold against one of the greatest fighters of our time in Aldo.
Round 1: It was Lamas who used leg kicks on Aldo who checked them with ease. Both men showed respect for one another with Aldo hitting Lamas with nice, smooth combinations on Lamas. Lamas held his ground and both champion and contender had their guard up properly during combinations from the other.
Round 2: Aldo turned it up in the second. He dug in with body shots and began to use those leg kicks to chop Lamas down. Lamas had a few nice jabs but besides those, it was Aldo’s round. Aldo was faster and his head was never in the way of anything.
Round 3: The tide began to even out In the third as the striking output of Aldo dropped. Aldo still had power but it was Lamas who threw more strikes on Aldo. He was consistent and he wouldn’t back down to Aldo and chose to throw back instead. Aldo used the leg kicks in this round but for just about the first minute, then they stopped all together.
Round 4: Lamas grabbed Aldo against the cage. Aldo spun around and got the double underhooks on Lamas and tripped him to the mat. Aldo was in butterfly guard and just hopped over the knees of Lamas in to the mount. Lamas gave up his back and Aldo looked for the rear-naked choke. He couldn’t get it and Lamas stood up and shot in on Aldo to end the round.
Round 5: Aldo got Lamas to the mat again and used a beautiful transition to go from top butterfly, to side control, to full mount. He was bucked off by Lamas on to his back with Lamas now on top. Lamas knew he was down in the fight and dropped elbows on to Aldo from a postured up full guard. Lamas chose his elbows carefully and stole every second of being on top. Aldo postured up with ten seconds left and tried to finish the fight but couldn’t do it before the final bell rang.
Official Decision: Jose Aldo defeats Ricardo Lamas via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) to Retain the UFC Featherweight Championship.
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