Just a quick post to voice my opinion on the Lyoto Machida/Shogun Rua fight that just happened. The way I see it three rounds were taken by Shogun with his domination the other two could of gone either way. When I heard Buffer say the judges decision I could not believe what I had just heard, Machida won a fight he did not deserve to win.
The fans in attendance boo’d at the decision, at the end of the fight Rogan and Goldberg said that Shogun had probably won the fight, multiple fighters and other news sites on Twitter also use the word “Robbed.” Shogun should get a rematch right away so he can mess Machida up once again.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (Light Heavyweight)
Round one:The main event fight is underway with some nice knees from Machida. The crowd begins chanting Machida’s name but it quickly dies out. Shogun gets in close and pushes Machida into the cage. Rua is throwing knees to the body while in the clinch against the cage. Machida gets a nice knee in with three minutes reamining and Shogun goes for the takedown which he nearly gets. Shogun is working to sweep Machida against the cage but then the two seperate and Shogun seems to be pushing the action. Shogun lands a nice body kick on Machida. Shogun is making sure not to rush into the fight with Machida he is holding back and looking for the counter attack. One minute remains and Shogun gets a nice leg kick and Machida returns with a leg kick of his own. Shogun puts in another nice leg kick and then tries to land punches. I think this may have been the first round Machida has ever lost was a close one.
Round two:Shogun connects right out of the gate with a good kick. He seems to focus only on the body kicks, Machida retaliates though and catches Shogun cleanly. A knee from Machida connects as Shogun shoots for the takedown. He doesn’t get Machida down though and he separates going back to standing. Shogun ends up landing another solid kick to the midsection.
Lost some with site issues sorry for inconvenience… Shogun won round 10-9 though
Round three: Shoguns tactic is clearly to hang back and go for the body kicks. Machida is also connecting with some good kicks as well but no where near the amount of Shogun.
Round four: see above
Round five: This is desperation mode now for Machida. I am liking this fight a lot looking like Machida will be getting this first loss with two minutes remaining in the fight. A massive elbow while in the clinch from Shogun is looking like it will seal the deal and now the crowd is chanting Shogun’s name, there is just no loyalty in LA. One minute remaining and Shogun is still applying the pressure. Ten seconds left and the two of them go at it. Both raise their arms at the sound of the horn this was a close fight I am saying 3 rounds to 2 for Shogun though.
Final result: Shogun was ROBBED in a 48-47 unanimous decision victory for Machida
Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell (Heavyweight)
Round one:First round of the co-main event gets underway and Velasquez is putting in some leg kicks. Velasquez gets the takedown in theough pretty quick at only thirty seconds in. Rothwell begins looking for a kimura on the cage. Rothwell then stands up and hits Velasquez with a nice right hand. Cain gets another single leg takedown right to side control with three minutes remaining. Velasquez throws some elbows while on the ground and Rothwell gets back to his feet but is then put right back down. Velasquez continues to control the fight on the ground and gets mount. Rothwell manages to get Velasquez off of him but Velasquez gets mount back a few seconds later. Velasquez comes close to finishing it but Rothwell escapes and Velasquez takes his back. Rothwell has took such a huge beating in this opening round I just can’t believe it.
Round two:Rothwell attempts a kick right out of the gate and then gets took down by Velasquez. Velasquez has Rothwells back as he moves to the fence Rothwell turns round and takes four huge shots to the face and the fight gets stopped. Rothwell is not happy with the stoppage due to the fact that he is standing up at the time of the stoppage. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone take this much of a beating!
Final result: Cain Velasquez defeats Ben Rothwell via TKO round 2 :58
Gleison Tibau vs. Josh Neer (Lightweight)
Round one:First round gets underway and both fighters are getting a fair share of hits in. Crowd starts chanting “Let’s go Josh.” Tibau gets a great takedown with around two minutes remaining but Neer is right back to his feet. Neer connects with a head kick but not clean enough to do any real damage. A nice exchange from both fighters with a minute left and then Tibau puts in another takedown this time keeping him down. Thirty seconds left and Neer is back to his feet. Round ends and I think it will be 10-9 Tibau due to four successful take-downs.
Round two:Round two begins and Tibau gets another takedown. A few seconds later another takedown this is getting bad now for Neer. Back to standing and a decent leg kick from Neer but then sure enough Tibau sticks in another takedown I think that makes him up to seven on the night, must be going for a record or something. Tibau then took the back of Neer with hooks in, Neer escapes then Tibau transitions to armbar but Neer escapes from that as well. Another 10-9 for Tibau.
Round three:Third round begins and Tibau continues going for the takedowns. Neer begins to push forward looking for that one big shot to put Tibau out but Tibau gets another takedown. Tibau is taking Neer down but doing nothing. Fight gets stopped for Neers tape to be fixed up, only a few seconds though. Neer through a leg kick and limped away after landing it. A minute left and Tibau puts in another takedown. Another 10-9 for Tibau and crowd boo’s. Rogan calls them “LA douche bags.”
Final result: Tibau wins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher (Lightweight)
Round one: Not much happened in the firt minute, both fighters kept it standing throwing light shows at each other. About two minutes in and Stevenson is looking for the take-down but just can’t seem to get it as Fisher backs into the cage. After thirty seconds of trying the take-down Stevenson just lifted Fisher clean off the floor but still could not execute. A minute thirty remain and the crowd is booing so referee Herb Dean seperates both the fighters. Blood is pouring into Fishers right eye by this stage and Stevenson begins to target it with elbows. Thirty seconds remain and Stevenson takes Fisher down with back control (no hooks). Thats the end of the first 10-9 Stevenson.
Round two:Second round begins and Fisher comes out fast presuring Stevenson. After a minute passes not much has happened but Fisher is getting the better of the striking. Stevenson ends up getting a takedown in and puts Fisher on his back. Later in the round Fisher taps due to strikes at 4:03
Final result: Joe Stevenson wins via Submission (Strikes) 4:03 R2
Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (Welterweight)
Round one:It was a fast fight Johnson came out quick and just knocked Yoshida out. I have nothing else to say, this guy is too quick.
Final result: Anthony Johnson defeats Yoshiyuki Yoshida via KO Round one :41
This bout was set a long time ago and when I first heard who Machida would be fighting it was a big WTF… Here we are on the day of the fight though and I believe that Rua may actually provide for a good fight, at least I hope he does.
There is no doubting that Machida is one of the best fighters to step foot in the Octagon. In his early fights fans did not like his backing off style, avoiding everything that was thrown at him and then retaliating with some powerful shots of his own. Then out of nowhere he changed, maybe it was for the fans but when it happened you could see that Machida was a force to be reckoned with. Going into the fight Machida is 15-0 with amazing knockouts in his last two fights.
Machida’s opponent Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is another amazing Brazilian fighter, if you were to look at his PRIDE fights. Now though it seems as though he is a lot slower and with less skill. Since entering the UFC Shogun has lost to Forrest Griffin, beat Mark Coleman and KO’d Chuck Liddell. I don’t really think he is worthy of the title shot after winning two fights but then again I am not paid a six figure salary to figure these things out. Maybe the UFC sees something in him that I don’t
As I said in the intro to the article, I think Shogun will provide for a good fight. Haha yeah maybe for the first minute or so. The way I see it going is a nice little exchange in the first few minutes and when they come out for the second round… Good night Shogun. I’m thinking we will see Shogun go out, probably not in the fashion that Rashad did but it should be good.
Final Prediction: Lyoto Machida via TKO round 2
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UFC 98 took place this past weekend and despite the fact that many thought the card would be boring there were some surprisingly good fights. In the under-card the highest earner was Brock Larson who took home $21K to show and $21K for his win. That wasn’t all for Larson though, he also managed the extra $60K for ‘Submission of the Night’ with his first round arm triangle choke win.
Here is the full list of undercard earnings:
Brock Larson — $42,000
Mike Pyle — $15,000
Larson defeated Pyle via arm triangle choke in R1
Tim Hague — $10,000
Pat Barry — $7,000
Hague defeated Barry via guillotine choke in R1
Kyle Bradley — $8,000
Phillipe Nover — $10,000
Bradley defeated Nover via TKO (strikes) in R1
Krzysztof Soszynski — $16,000
Andre Gusmao — $5,000
Soszynski defeated Gusmao via TKO (strikes) in R1
Yoshiyuki Yoshida — $16,000
Brandon Wolff — $3,000
Yoshida defeated Wolff via guillotine choke in R1
George Roop — $16,000
Dave Kaplan — $8,000
Roop defeated Kaplan via split decision
Once the PPV portion got underway fans were in for quite a treat. We first got to see Frankie Edgar dismantle Sean Sherk and throw himself up into the top of the division. Shortly after that we got to see two great knockouts. One at the hands of Drew McFedries. McFedries defeated Xavier Foupas-Pokam via TKO due to referee stoppage just 37 seconds into the fight. Even though it was fast it just wasn’t as good as Lyoto Machida’s destruction of Rashad Evans. Never before have I seen such a quality drop of a fighter after being KO’d than the drop from Rashad Evans at UFC 98.
Here are the main event salaries for UFC 98:
Lyoto Machida — $140,000
Rashad Evans — $200,000
Machida defeated Evans via KO in round two
Matt Hughes — $200,000
Matt Serra — $75,000
Hughes defeated Serra via unanimous decision
Drew McFedries — $34,000
Xavier Foupas-Pokam — $6,000
McFedries defeated Foupas-Pokam via TKO (strikes) in round one
Chael Sonnen — $50,000
Dan Miller — $15,000
Sonnen defeated Miller via unanimous decision
Frank Edgar — $40,000
Sean Sherk — $40,000
Edgar defeated Sherk via unanimous decision
The earnings do not include taxes that must be paid, other bonuses the fighter might of earned or the fees that fighters pay out to their coaches. Also no sponsorship is taken into factor with these numbers. In the case of the fight winner who is BOLDED half of their winnings were for showing the other half for winning.
At UFC 98 Lyoto Machida became the fourth Light Heavyweight Champion within a year. It is one of the toughest divisions in the UFC with some great talent who are all just waiting to break into the lime-light.
Machida defeated Rashad Evans to take the title. It wasn’t just a lousy 5-round decision. Machida gave it his all in the second round to defeat the then undefeated Evans via KO. It was such a great KO on Machidas part as well which will certainly find it’s way onto the top 10 KO’s of 2009.
Will Machida be the first LHW champion since Quinton Jackson to successfully defend the belt? I would say that if Machida was to fight the way he did a few events back he would never be beat. Thing is though he has adapted to a more aggressive style as we saw on Saturday night. Even though it is not over the top aggressive like some other fighting styles, Machida is still giving his opponents more chances to hit him.
After his performance at UFC 98 I do believe that Machida will be able to defend the title against Rampage and maybe a few guys after that. In fact it wouldn’t be a big surprise if Machida was able to hold onto the title for a long period of time like training partner Anderson Silva.
In what has been one of the greatest main events in recent time Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida knocked out “Sugar” Rashad Evans in the second round to claim the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
This fight in the minds of most people, including myself, was going to be a boring one to watch. It in fact turned out to be such a great fight.
In the first round both fighters were trying to find their rhythm, both were throwing short jabs and Machida connected with a few kicks. Rashad in the first round was dancing around in his usual fighting style. Towards the end of the first Machida connected with a kick and a short punch to knock Rashad Evans down to the mat. After throwing a few punches on the ground Sugar was able to quickly regain himself and stand up before the round came to a close.
In the second round there were a few segments where both fighters had it go their way with quick bursts of punches in bunches. The win came at the end of the round for Machida when he hit with a straight left and Rashad dropped. Machida kept throwing the punches on the ground until Rashad eventually stood back up. Unfortunately for Rashad the flurries would continue from Lyoto. A few seconds later Lyoto connected with a clean shot to the jaw of Rashad and that was it. It was all over. Lyoto Machida became the new Light Heavyweight Champion of the world.
This now marks the second Ed Soares fighter to hold a title within the UFC. Ed Soares is also the manager to UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. If Lyoto Machida can continue his success in the Octagon it may be a very long time until we see a new Light Heavyweight Champion.
I believe that the UFC will slap Rampage up against Lyoto Machida for his first title defence and that could be held on October 24th in Southern California. The SoCal event was announced by Dana White in the post fight press conference.
Well, almost all of the fighters made weight. The only fighter who did not make weight was *Mike Pyle who was a last minute replacement and weighed in at 172lbs. Due to the lack of weight loss time and such a small amount of weight over Pyle will not be penalized by the UFC or NSAC. The full weigh-in results for UFC 98 are below:
- Rashad Evans (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (204)
- Matt Hughes (170) vs. Matt Serra (171)
- Xavier Foupa-Pokam (186) vs. Drew McFedries (185)
- Dan Miller (185) vs. Chael Sonnen (186)
- Frank Edgar (155) vs. Sean Sherk (156)
- Brock Larson (171) vs. Mike Pyle (172)*
- Pat Barry (237) vs. Tim Hague (263)
- Kyle Bradley (156) vs. Phillipe Nover (156)
- Andre Gusmao (206) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (206)
- Brandon Wolff (170) vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (171)
- George Roop (154) vs. David Kaplan (156)
UFC 98 is live tomorrow night. MMA-Live will bring you all of the post fight analysis after the event ncluding our own thoughts on everything that went down. Hope to see you all back here tomorrow night.
“I don’t think it’s going to go to a decision; I don’t think it’s going to go to the score cards. I think this is one of those specialty fights that people should get interested in because this fight, technically, should be one of the biggest fights ever in UFC history.”
Lyoto Machida’s manager Ed Soares believes that the light heavyweight title defense next month at UFC 98 could be one of the greatest fights in UFC history. The chances of this being one of the greatest fights in UFC history are pretty slim if you ask me. Machida’s fighting style is not one to make a fight exciting. For any fight to be exciting to all fans both opponents should attack each other. Machida tends to retreat and wait for an opening.
Lyoto Machida shared his secret to success with Tatame:
Besides telling all his preparation routine, the undefeated fighter revealed a curious tradition in his family, a secret until then: urine therapy. Once in the day, he and his family drinks their own urine. “My father does that for a long time and bring it to us. People think it’s a joke (laughs). I never said it in the United States because I don’t know how the fans will react (laughs). I drink my urine every morning like a natural medicine”
Pretty good right? Quick everyone run out, or just run and grab a glass, drink some urine and you too could one day be fighting for the UFC title.