Round 1: They touch gloves and the main event is underway. Mousasi lands an outside leg kick. Machida circles. He lands an inside leg kick. Mousasi inches forward. He paws with his jab. Machida delivers a hard kick to the body. Mousasi moves forward as Machida circles to his left. Mousasi lands an outside leg kick. Machida moves in with an uppercut. Mousasi lands an outside leg kick. Mousasi moves forward and lands his jab. Machida continues to circle. Machida lands a counter left hand that stops Mousasi’s forward movement. Machida moves in and Mousasi lands a counter right hand. Machida delivers a knee to the body. Mousasi lands an outside leg kick at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Machida.
Round 2: Machida starts the second round with a wheel kick. Mousasi blocks it. Machida lands to the inside of Mousasi’s lead leg. Mousasi continues to press forward. They trade leg kicks. Mousasi misses with a left hand. Mousasi moves in and Machida flurries. Mousasi answers with an outside leg kick. Machida lands a high kick and Mousasi catches it. Mousasi can’t get the fight to the ground. Mousasi’s chin holds up. Machida lands a left hand. Mousasi counters. Mousasi pressing Machida. Machida rushes forward with a flurry. Machida circles. He tries to trip Mousasi, but Mousasi lands a right hand instead. Mousasi rushes in with a combination. He lands a leg kick. Machda lands a left hand. Mousasi lands an outside leg kick to end the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Machida, but could have gone either way.
Round 3: Mousasi moves forward. He partially lands a left hook. Mousasi works to get the fight to the ground. Machida stuffs it and they’re clinched. Mousasi delivers a knee to the body. Machida lands a kick to the body and they separate. Machida steps in with a solid left hand. Machida moving forward now. He delivers a spinning back kick to the body. Machida goes upstairs with a kick that partially lands. Machida throws another high kick from his left side. Mousasi presses forward. He lands an outside leg kick. Machida answers with a knee to the body. Machida lands a left hand. Mousasi counters with a combination. Machida steps in with a knee to the body. Machida lands a short elbow on the inside and Mousasi counters with a right hand. Machida continues to circle. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Machida.
Round 4: Machida’s corner tells him that he’s won every round, but the second round was extremely close. They tell him to be careful with moving his head back. They meet in the middle of the cage. Machida circles. He changes stances. Mousasi changes levels and secures a takedown. Machida quickly gets back to his feet. Mousasi lands a kick to the inside of Machida’s lead leg. They exchange leg kicks. Machida bouncing. He moves in and throws Mousasi to the canvas. Machida moves to side control. Mousasi works his way back to half guard. Mousasi sweeps Machida. Machida isolates an arm. He gives up on it Mousasi works in Machida’s guard. Mousasi delivers short shots to the body. Mousasi postures up. Machida rolls. Mousasi tries to take his back but Machida flips him off his back. Machida drops down to a knee and Mousasi lands an illegal up kick that landed flush on the face. The fight is restarted in the same position. The round ends. Another close round. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Machida.
Round 5: They touch gloves to start the final round. Mousasi lands an inside leg kick. Machida rushes forward and misses with most of it. Machida mixing it up. Mousasi presses forward. Machida steps in with a knee to the body. Mousasi answers with a stiff jab. Machida steps in with a knee. He circles and Mousasi pursues him. Mousasi lands a right hand. Machida continues to circle. Mousasi works for a takedown but Machida gains top position. He works from the half guard position. Mousasi active from the bottom with punches. He tries to elevate Machida with butterfly guard, but Machida takes his back. Mousasi tries to stand and shake Machida off his back, but Machida maintains back control. Mousasi turns and gets out. Machida lands a right h and and pounces on Mousasi. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Machida.
The judges scored the fight for Machida by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 49-46, 50-45 and 50-45.
“I always wanted to reach a KO or a submission. Mousasi is a very tough fighter and any detail can makes difference. I’m already thinking about the belt, but this is something that UFC has to decide”.
“I believe he was best in this fight. I was not able to make him enter in my game. I felt comfortable when I started fighting, maybe I won 1 or 2 rounds”.