Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida
Round 1: Weidman opened up with high kicks. Machida circled back as he typically does, avoiding damage early on. Weidman caught a kick and attempted a takedown, but Machida stuffed it. Weidman then backed Machida up and landed a punch combination against the fence. Weidman stayed active with punches and kicks throughout the opening round, totaling more strikes than Machida in the first five minutes.
Round 2: Machida continued backing up as Weidman pressured. As Machida circled the Octagon, Weidman threw several punches and kicks to control the pace of the fight, only being countered by Machida at few moments. Towards the end of the round, Weidman scored a takedown and scored with numerous strikes using ground and pound.
Round 3: Machida began to open up with kicks in the third, landing on the leg in the opening moments. Weidman secured a takedown and began to land punches from guard. Machida worked back to his feet, eating a knee on the way up. Wedman landed a punch in an exchange against the cage, cutting Machida open on the head. Weidman ground Machida once again and swung away with short strikes. As Machida tried getting up, Weidman suplexed him down and pulverized him with more punches. Machida returned to the feet, only to have time expire and him walk back to the corner with a bloody face.
Round 4: Machida threw a head kick and a body kick in the fourth, which prompted Weidman to signal his opponent to bring more. Weidman worked for a takedown, but Machida escaped and later landed a counterpunch that wobbled the champ. Machida, now on the offensive, began landing punches and body kicks. Weidman, visibly tired, fighting with his mouth open, ate a strong left hand in the final moments of the round after Machida danced around the champion.
Round 5: Machida continued to push in the final round, landing kicks that back Weidman up. Weidman later landed a punch and the two began trading leather. Weidman later scored a massive takedown that put Machida on his back. The two transitioned and Weidman took Machida’s back, landing punches from behind. In the final moments of the fight, Machida unleashed a flurry of strikes, including punches and knees in the clinch just before the final bell.
Official Call: Chris Weidman def. Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision (49-45, 48-47, 49-46)