That didn't take long!
After a tumultuous last run in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Anthony Johnson worked his way back to the promotion with a string of impressive victories. When he returned, he ran through Phil Davis to firmly establish himself in the light heavyweight division.
Tonight (Sat., July 26, 2014) at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 12: "Lawler vs. Brown," Johnson was back inside the Octagon slinging leather at Antonio Rogerio N more
UFC 175 is the first fight card of the weekend, and the 11-fight card features two championship fights.
Chris Weidman defends his UFC middleweight title against No. 3-ranked contender Lyoto Machida in the night's main event, and Ronda Rousey returns to defend her bantamweight championship against No. 2-ranked Alexis Davis in the co-main event.
Before the fights take place on Saturday, all 22 athletes must make weight on Friday. A reminder that there is no one-pound allowance for championship fig 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
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
LAS VEGAS –In what turned out to be a tale of two halves of the fight, Chris Weidman retained his UFC middleweight title with a decision win over Lyoto Machida on Saturday night.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC 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
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 shot in for a takedown much earlier in this round, though Machida easily shrugged it off. He fired off with a high kick that was blocked. Lyoto sprawled to avoid another takedown attempt, this one lame.
He couldn't avoid the third.
The boo birds quickly started chirping thanks to a lack of action on the mat. Weidman attempted to take Machida's back but the Brazilian used an arm to get free. They reset standing and the champion started throwing combinations.
A big right hand landed and "T more
LAS VEGAS - Going into his UFC 175 title defense against Lyoto Machida, there were still people who believed that undefeated UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was somehow a fluke.
No one in their right mind is saying that after Saturday night, though. In a thrilling battle, Weidman got off to a fast start against the former light heavyweight champion, withstood a furious late-round comeback, and retained his championship via unanimous decision n the main event of UFC 175 at the Mandalay Ba more