Neither fighter looked particularly tired to start the fourth. Machida fired off kicks to the body but Weidman was the Terminator in his pursuit of controlling the pace of the action, not to mention the positioning. He was making sure it always looked as though Lyoto was bailing out while he was coming in.
Even when "The Dragon" was connecting, and he was early on here.
Weidman dipped low for a takedown but the Brazilian expertly avoided it. Back standing, he landed a hard left hook. Weidman sta more
Weidman tried to shoot in for a takedown early but Machida threw a leg kick. The challenger took control of the center of the cage as the champion was backed up and looking for an opening.
Weidman fired off with a right but Machida answered with a big left counter in response. The American failed on a takedown and Lyoto made him pay with punches on the way back up.
A hard right hand from the champ looked to stun "The Dragon". He continued throwing and landing shots, stealing back the momentum Ma more
A "U-S-A" chant broke out before they could even get underway.
When they did, Weidman opened with kicks, one low, one high, then one low again. Then he was pushing with kicks and it seemed clear he wanted to gauge the distance and keep Machida at bay.
About one minute in, a chant for Machida broke out, so never let it be said an American crowd isn't fickle.
Like he always seems to be, "The Dragon" was patient, hanging back and avoiding any of the champion's offense. When he finally engaged, it w more
It was slow rolling to start the second. Machida threw a front kick that missed before circling around again. Weidman pushed forward like his corner told him to because, well, they wont' score it for the Brazilian if he's moving away and avoiding offense.
So that's what the champion did, even doing some chasing so he could control the center of the cage. He landed with a hard right but Machida answered with a hard kick to the body.
"The Dragon" tried a leaping right hand but missed. Weidman came more
UFC 175: "Weidman vs. Machida" takes place TONIGHT (Sat., July 5, 2014) at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in the main event, Chris Weidman defends his middleweight championship for the second time against Lyoto Machida. Both main event competitors spoke to the media days away from their anticipated title fight, and we have the short but sweet mumblings for you down below.
The time for talking will soon be over.
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