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Stefan Struve defeated Chase Gormley via submission (triangle choke) at 4:04 of Round 1.
Kyle Kingsbury defeated Razak Al-Hassan via split decision (scores of 29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Jorge Rivera defeated Rob Kimmons via TKO (punches) at 1:53 of Round 3.
Chael Sonnen defeated Yushin Okami via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Pat Barry defeated Antoni Hardonk via TKO (strikes) at 2:30 of Round 2.
Ryan Bader defeated Eric Schafer via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27, 29-26,30-27).
Mike Goldberg opened the show saying that the Staples Center was sold out for tonight’s event. That’s an impressive feat, as there were lots of tickets available as of last week.
Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Round 1: Johnson, who comes into the bout six pounds overweight, had a notable size advantage. Johnson started picking away at Yoshida early, and Johnson nailed Yoshida with a big overhand right which knocked out Yoshida.
Winner via TKO at 0:41 of Round 1: Anthony Johnson
After the bout, Johnson apologized to the fans and the UFC for coming in overweight. He said he came in heavy due to a knee injury, and apologized once again.
Anthony Kiedes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers was shown at cageside.
The text voting for the night didn’t even bother asking who will win the main event, but rather if the fight will end via KO, submission or decision. It’s reminding me of GSP – Serra 1, and we all know how that went.
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher
Round 1: Stevenson landed a leg kick early. They traded a couple of shots, which cut Fisher open above the eye. Stevenson pressed Fisher against the cage and tried to take him down, but Fisher was able to successfully stuff it. Stevenson kept Fisher against the cage, before Herb Dean separated them. The blood from the cut over Fisher’s eye is getting into his eye, and is visibly bothering him. Stevenson was able to get Fisher to the ground on his back and tried to sync the hooks in, but Fisher was able to block it. Stevenson was able to land several hard shots as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Stevenson.
Round 2: Stevenson was able to get a takedown early in the round. Stevenson attempted a leg lock, and then tried to get into full mount, but Fisher was able to block him and stay in half guard. Stevenson dropped several short elbows to re-open Fisher’s cut. Stevenson got side control, trapped Fisher’s arm and then started dropping un-answered short elbows until Fisher tapped.
Winner via submission (strikes) at 4:03 of Round 2: Joe Stevenson
Stevenson remarked that he got the idea for pinning the arm from his sisters, who used to do that to him when he was a kid.
Chris Tucker was shown at ringside.
Josh Neer vs. Gleison Tibau
Round 1: Tibau scored a huge takedown early, but Neer was able to get quickly back to his feet. Tibau was then able to score another big takedown, which looked more like a slam, but Neer was able to get up again. Tibau took Neer down for a third time, and for a third time, Neer was back up to his feet immediately after. With less than a minute left in the round, Tibau took Neer down and pressed him against the cage, but Neer was back up. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.
Round 2: Tibau started the round with another slam/takedown, with Neer getting back up again. Another takedown from Tibau, who this time was able to get full mount. Neer shrugged him off, but Tibau got his back, but Neer tried to get him off. Tibau briefly had an armbar, but Neer was able to successfully defend it and they were both back to their feet. Tibau is noticeably slowing down. Both men traded some punches as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.
Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama were shown at cageside.
Round 3: More of the same at the start of the round, as Tibau took Neer down, but Neer got up. Neer then stuffed Tibau’s next two takedown attempts before getting the third. The referee stopped the fight for a moment to have the tape on Neer’s glove cut which was hanging off. Tibau was able to score another takedown as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Tibau.
Winner via unanimous decision (scores of 30-27,30-27,29-28): Gleison Tibau
Ben Rothwell vs. Cain Velasquez
Round 1: Velasquez took Rothwell down early and pressed him against the cage. Rothwell was able to get back to his feet and both fighters exchanged blows. Velasquez took Rothwell down again and got side control. Velasquez landed some damaging elbows and got full mount. Velasquez teed off on Rothwell, and almost looked like he was going to finish him off. Rothwell got back up to his feet, but Velasquez took him back down and continued to dominate Rothwell. Rothwell made it up to his feet as the round came to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-8 for Velasquez.
Round 2: Velasquez took Rothwell down again and pegged Rothwell with more shots. Rothwell was trying to get back to his feet and Velasquez was pegging Rothwell with some hard shots, and Steve Mazzagatti called it off as Rothwell was getting back up to his feet. Controversial stoppage, as Rothwell was getting back up to his feet when it was stopped.
Winner via TKO (strikes) at 0:58 of Round 2: Cain Velasquez
After the fight, Velasquez noted that Rothwell probably could have kept going.
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Lyoto Machida (c) vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Round 1: Machida landed some knees to Shogun’s body early. There was a loud “Machida” chant. Shogun clinched and drove Machida to the cage, and Machida was able to break free. Machida landed a high kick, but Shogun countered with a low kick. Shogun and Machida continued to trade kicks, and Shogun caught Machida with a nice punch late in the round. Close round, with a slight edge going to Shogun, making it the first time Machida has lost a round. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shogun.
Round 2: Shogun started out aggressively, landing several leg kicks. Machida responded with some kicks of his own. Machida tagged Shogun, which rocked him a little. They continued to trade body kicks. Shogun pressed Machida against the cage and landed some nice knees to Machida’s legs to finish the round. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shogun.
Round 3: Shogun started the round with another big body kick. Machida started opening up a bit, and landed a couple of strikes, which Shogun brushed off. Shogun continued to be the aggressor, landing some vicious leg kicks. Machida woke up with less than a minute left, teeing away at Shogun, but Shogun managed to land a couple of shots as well. Machida probably stole the round with his late flurry. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Machida.
Round 4: A loud “Machida” chant broke out. This is both men’s first-ever fourth round in the UFC. Shogun landed a body kick, and Machida responded with a high kick. Machida slipped and Shogun quickly capitalized, and tried to take Machida to the ground, but both men were quickly back up. Shogun continued to work away at Machida’s legs. Machida is looking a little tired at this point. I have this round for Shogun as well, which means Machida will have to finish Shogun in the next round to retain the title. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shogun.
Round 5: Shogun continued to work over the legs of Machida with his vicious leg and body kicks. Shogun managed to peg Machida with a couple of shots that rocked the champion. Chants of “Shogun” start to fill the arena. Shogun landed a big right hand as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Shogun.
Winner via unanimous decision and STILL UFC Light Heavyweight champion (all judges score it 48-47): Lyoto Machida
The crowd booes the decision. After the fight, the crowd booed Machida during his interview. Joe Rogan asked Lyoto Machida if he agreed with the decision, and Machida said all three referees saw it that way. Machida finished by saying he is open for a rematch with Shogun anytime.
Rogan talked to Shogun, who was cheered. Rogan asked him if he should have gotten the decision. Shogun said he trained hard for the fight and he feels that he won the fight, but there’s nothing he can do.