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Lyoto Machida vs. Quinton Jackson
Rampage takes the center quickly, but stays on the outside of Machida. Machida tags Rampage with some good leg kicks. Rampage moves forward and throws two big shots, but doesn’t land. Rampage ties Machida up against the cage and lands a couple foot stomps. Rampage fires a quick uppercut as the fighters separate. Machida pops Rampage with a good body kick, before Rampage gets the clinch again. Separated again, Rampage jumps in with a punch, but misses. Machida fires a kick and Rampage pushes forward, but nothing lands.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Quinton Jackson
Round 2: Rampage pushes forward early and gets the clinch against the cage. Rampage clips Machida below the belt, fight paused for a moment but then restarted. Rampage fires a big left, but doesn’t connect. Clinch again and this time Rampage takes Machida down, but it’s back up again. Rampage looking for big punches, but not landing much with force and it’s back to the clinch. Machida fires a big knee to the body, Rampage counters with a nice punch. Clinch work against the cage, but not much action. Just before the round ends, Machida fires off a good shot.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Lyoto Machida
Rampage looking for the knockout punch to start round 3. Rampage lunges in with a big combo, but comes up with air. Machida catches Rampage and hurts him, and starts to fire away, but Rampage gets back with some big power punches. Machida gets the fight down and lands in Rampage’s half guard. Machida looks for a kimura, and then moves to full mount. Machida firing some short elbows, and goes for an armbar. Rampage looks for a slam, but Machida lets go and the fight is back to the feet. Machida gets the clinch and the fight goes back to the ground as the fight ends.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Lyoto Machida
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Lyoto Machida by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)