UFC 175 results
Weidman notched his second title defense with scores of 49-45, 48-47, 49-46, by refusing to allow Machida the space to launch his unpredictable striking attacks.
“He’s as good as I thought, quick,” Weidman said afterward. “When you think he’s going to do something, he does the opposite. Awesome fighter, tough as nails.”
The middleweight title bout was the main event of today’s UFC 175 event at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Weidman, a former Division I amateur wrestler at Hofstra, returned to the cage three months after undergoing a double knee surgery and out-kicked the karate specialist Machida in the early rounds. The ex-light heavyweight champ spent much of the frame trying to evade his American opponent as he darted from side to side, trying to find an opening to launch one of his explosive combinations.
“The plan was to keep the fight standing, but Chris Weidman is a tough opponent,” said Machida, who suffered his first loss since dropping to middleweight this past year. “He’s a true champion, and he deserves the title. I’ll come back strong.”
Machida was battered and cut open by a punch in the third round, but found a way in during the fourth frame when he battered Weidman’s body with kicks and landed a straight right. Weidman was in trouble as Machida flurried with punches, but he nonetheless egged his opponent on. The frame ended with Machida scoring another straight left to the jaw.
Initially unable to earn a takedown, Weidman looked exhausted as the fifth round got underway. Technique gave way to heart as both fighters slugged it out and spent several tense moments locked in the clinch, staring into each other’s eyes before striking again. Weidman proved to be a more stationary target, but he fought back as the round passed the midway point and got a crucial takedown to take back mount.
Afterward, the fighters embraced as the crowd showed its appreciation for the nailbiter.
It was the first time Weidman went five rounds in his relatively young career. He won the title one year ago with a shocking upset of former kingpin Anderson Silva and then won a rematch this past December when Silva broke his leg.
Weidman originally was scheduled to face Vitor Belfort in the headliner of UFC 173 in May, but Machida stepped in when the overseeing Nevada State Athletic Commission put Belfort in limbo by banning testosterone-replacement therapy. The UFC was then forced to postpone the middleweight title fight when Weidman needed surgery.
The champ couldn’t offer much perspective on the grueling fight due to his exhaustion.
“I’m going to have to watch it on tape to figure out what it was like, because I was just in the moment,” said Weidman, who extends his unbeaten record to 12-0 and earns his 8th UFC win. “It’s hard to think about it right now.
Asked whether he was ever hurt during the fight, Weidman quipped, “Probably. I can’t remember right now.”
Up-to-the-minute UFC 175 results include:
- Chris Weidman def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (49-45, 48-47, 49-46)
- Ronda Rousey def. Alexis Davis via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:16
- Uriah Hall def. Thiago “Marreta” Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Russell Doane def. Marcus Brimage via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Urijah Faber def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 1:09
- Kenny Robertson def. Ildemar Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
- Bruno Santos def. Chris Camozzi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Rob Font def. George Roop via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:19
- Luke Zachrich def. Guilherme Vasconcelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Kevin Casey def. William “Bubba” Bush via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 1:01