The main event was a fight fan’s dream fight as former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida took on former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi.
This bout held heavy title implications and win over the other would be a huge feather in the cap of both men.
Round 1: Tentative opening minute to the fight. Machida lands the first significant strike of the bout with a kick to the mid-section. Machida lands a quick 1-2. Mousasi is having trouble with Machida’s footwork. Machida opening up with kicks to the body. Nice counter left from Machida. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Machida.
Round 2: Machida opens the round with a flashy switch kick that gets blocked. Machida catches Mousasi coming in with a straight left. Machida hits Mousasi with a big head kick! Mousasi somehow walks right through it. Machida is opening up with head kicks now. Mousasi lands a few right hands as Machida jumps in. Another nice combination from Mousasi. Mousasi lands a hard leg kick to end the round. Mousasi made it close late but SciFighting leans 10-9 Machida in round two.
Round 3: Mousasi lands a left hook to start the round. Mousasi shoots for a takedown but gets stuffed. Left straight from Machida makes Mousasi shoot for the takedown. Machida shakes off the takedown and opens up with a few body kicks. Machida lands another head kick. Machida lands a stepping knee to Mousasi’s body. Mousasi lands a nice combination. Another stepping knee from Machida. Mousasi stuffs a Machida takedown. Machida bouncing up and down as the round ends. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Machida.
Round 4: Machida is feinting a lot to start the round. Machida thwarts another Mousasi takedown. The fighters trade leg kicks. Machida bouncing around the outside of the age. Machida throws Mousasi to the ground and ends up in Mousasi’s guard aftera brief scramble. Mousasi sweeps Machida and ends up in his half-guard. Mousasi in full guard. Machida searching for an omaplata but Mousasi escapes. Mousasi tries to take Machida’s back but falls forward and ends up with Machida in his guard. Mousasi lands an illegal upkick to the face of Machida. The round ends after a brief timeout from Mario Yamasaki. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 for Machida.
Round 5: Machida landing the cleaner strikes to start round five. Good jab from Mousasi. Machida with a big stepping knee. Another strong jab from Mousasi. Mousasi shoots for a takedown but ends up on his back. Machida working from half-guard. Machida moves to mount and almost immediately takes Mousasi’s back. Mousasi tries to spike Machida off but fails. Mousasi bucks Machida off but is unable to get to his feet before a flying Machida lands a punch to end the round. SciFighting scores the round 10-9 Machida and the fight 50-45 for Machida.
Official Result: Lyoto Machida def. Gegard Mousasi via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
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