UFC 157 Results: Lyoto Machida Edges Split Decision Over Henderson; Is Jon Jones Next?

February 24, 2013
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06-Lyota-Machida-7460-UFC-157-weighLyoto Machida (19-3) secured a split decision win over Dan Henderson (29-9) in a fight that failed to live up to everyone’s expectations in the co-main event at UFC 157 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The judges scored the fight (28-29, 29-28, 29-28), much to the disgust of the pro-Henderson fans.

It was a measured start by both fighters, who were trying to gauge each other looking for their rhythm. Henderson began to come forward putting the pressure on Machida, but missed with a right hand. Machida landed a right hand, as Henderson looked to tie up Machida in a clinch. Machida was able to secure a trip takedown in the closing seconds before being able to land some heavy ground shots.

Machida opened the second round with a heavy kick that he followed up with a head kick that landed. Machida caught Henderson again with a knee as he charged forward looking for an overhand right.  Henderson answered with two right hands late in the round, which were blocked, with Machida throwing a spinning back kick to the body on the bell.

Both fighters upped the tempo in the final frame with Machida landing a kick to the body of Henderson before being taken down. Henderson landed short shots from the top position, but with two minutes remaining, Machida was able to scramble free and looked to land kicks until the final bell.

Machida passionately pleaded for a title shot in the lead-up to the fight with Henderson, and UFC president Dana White said the winner of the fight would be next for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, but Jones first has a bout with Chael Sonnen in April.

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  • http://www.21centurysuccess.com/ Ryan Bruno

    I thought Lyoto did enough for the win. Will be interesting to see him fight Jones again.

  • bobcoy

    Henderson like rampage showed his age. He must have eased up on the TRT a little too much. Shogun finished machida and so did Jones, so dan being unable yo do anything but plod forward trying yo land one punch was old and shows he hasn’t grown and has started to decline… I’ll miss him as he used to be but he should retire.
    machida fought a smart but boring fight. Buy what else should he do? Stand in front of Henderson so he can hit him? Lol. War Chida! Lol

    • up

      im not a machida fan but hendo lost every round. I dont think he looked old. I think he fought Machida. He makes 20 year olds look dumb and slow lol

  • B-rad

    I really don’t think Machida should earn a title shot with that performance. Granted he may have done enough to barely win a decision, seeing as Henderson was really the only one trying to press the fight at all, the fight ended up being pretty close, and extremely unimpressive. I say they start targeting a Jon Jones vs Anderson Silva match up, that is if they mannage to get through their next matches on top of course. Machida just needs to understand that if he continues to fight in this fashion, which he will, he needs to stay more active, throw more shots, or at least cause some damage. I think it was kind of funny how he actually said he was shocked by the split decision outcome. Fact of the matter is, if your in a fight where not a whole lot happens, it’s gonna be close everytime, he should probably figure that out. #JonesSilvaSuperfight.

    • Marcus Miles

      Man i agree. I am a Machida fan and i was let down. I am also Henderson fan and feel the fight overall was wack. Henderson pushed the fight and Lyoto was popping around all over. When you know what a fighter is capable of doing in a fight, then watch them fight like they did tonight, it was bull s***. It is what it is. I would like to see Machida fight Gus next since Machida won a snoozer.

      • Lucas Freire

        It wasn’t the greatest fight ever,but no reason to be disappointed with Lyoto. He fought against a guy that has huge ko power on his right hand and the hardest chin on mma history. What you guys wanted him to do? Trade blows?

        • Marcus Miles

          Not go tit for tat but fight the guy, not dance around. He completely relies on his opponent to strike, if they don’t he stands there moving his arms around. It leaves for a really lame performance. He didn’t bring the fight to hendo until the last 20 seconds. I mean Hendo couldn’t really capitalize either, but at least he tried to bring an exciting fight to Lyoto.

          • Lucas Freire

            The thing is,all guys you saw going on an exciting fight against Hendo lost.
            As I said,against someone as tough as Hendo you have to play smart.

          • 777

            I totally agree Lucas Freire. No one can be exciting and get knockouts everytime. STYLES MAKE FIGHTS

          • Marcus miles

            Whats the point of fighting then if your scared to loose and play it safe. If you liked the fight then thats cool.

          • disgusted

            were you even watching the fight? so stupid

          • Marcus Miles

            Yeah bro, were you?

  • Danny

    Machida did not fight to win he fought not to lose. He looked like he was trying to cast a spell the entire fight. In pride you would of got a yellow card for fighting like that

    • frank223

      Fighting not to lose???? Its called counter striking and knowing hendo has killer power. Therefore you get a machida that did not lunge or put his chin out as much and picked spots . When did hendo land ANYTHING significant?? Seriously. How about you question why hendo was too slow and could not touch machida. HENDO WAS LOST. It happens to all of them! Machida makes guys look dumb, slow, perplexed, and reach for strikes…Example: dan henderson at ufc 157

      • Danny

        “Its called counter striking and knowing hendo has killer power” If you dont believe in your own abilities to strike with someone and you have to retreat backwards for 3 rounds that says something about your ability to fight. Its easy to pick and chose your punches when you are going backwards because the other guy is always coming forwards. I have no respect for fighters like machida. Too many fighters are concerned with getting ko’d and like to play it SAFE now. What a pathetic fighter gonna be an easy night for Jones. Machida will never be champion again. FACT!

  • kyle

    What a joke, I guess running away for almost 3 rounds and a few kicks gets you a win in the UFC Henderson was chasing him the whole time, They will start loosing fans as long as they reward that type of behavior. I have been watching mma for a long time this is getting ridiculous.

    • 777

      You know absolutely NOTHING about striking if you believe machida was running or not trying to win. “This is getting ridiculous”?? Machida was always in front of hendo making him MISS to capitalize. I’m sorry if all you want is a slugfest and a brawl. Hendo has monster power, why would machida trade with him? Lyoto was CLOWNING hendo and was comfortable. “Losing fans”?? Wow you seriously are jumping the gun here buddy lol machida is extremely gifted and exciting!! He fought the SAME way against bader and everyone thought he was incredible, difference here is he didn’t get the ko. SHUT UP AND ENJOY ONE OF THE GREATEST STRIKERS EVER!! You just don’t understand the psychology of striking that happened in machida vs hendo

      • kyle

        haha, easy there machida homer. If you honestly believe that was a great showing by machida then I can’t help you.

        • 777

          Who is talking about showing? We are speaking about a secluded fight here . Machida clowned Hendo. And yes the fight was not amazing. But it takes TWO to make a boring fight. What does that say for hendo?…Machida did his job, made his miss, he landed and beat him 3-0

          • kyle

            When I say showing I was talking about this fight you genius, hendo did not have a good showing but machida did not win that fight. If ufc would quit putting so much on just getting the win and more on did you put on a good show they would have all the fans in the world.

      • lucky89

        777 dont bother with these ignorant people! lol

        • disgusted

          I agree.. this Kyle dude obviously has no clue about fighting..Those attacks from Machida were powerful and Hendo’s chin took it like nothing.. Overall Machida won the fight and it wasn’t even a boring fight if you can understand the amount of strategy and skills employed. If you don’t appreciate that please stop your whining and don’t watch mma anymore.

  • haystack

    THIS FIGHT WAS NOT CLOSE PEOPLE!! MACHIDA WON ALL 3 RDS…LOL Hendo did not know what to do with Machida lol

  • bajafox

    I’d rather see Gustafson (sp?) than Machida…that was an awful performance for a supposed #1 contender fight

  • RonnieV

    Jake Shields whooped Henderson worse than that. Machida should get behind Gustafson when it comes to title contention fights. I respect Machida, but he is such a defensive fighter (and a very good one), that his fight plan only works if his opponent is the aggressor.

  • RonnieV

    Jake Shields whooped Henderson worse than that. Machida should get behind Gustafson when it comes to title contention fights. I respect Machida, but he is such a defensive fighter (and a very good one), that his fight plan only works if his opponent is the aggressor.