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UFC 175: Chris Weidman Vs. Lyoto Machida

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Chris Weidman (c) vs. Lyoto Machida for the UFC middleweight championship

We’ve arrived at the main event, as middleweight champion Chris Weidman defends his belt against Lyoto Machida.

Weidman (11-0) won the title last July with a second round knockout of Anderson Silva. He followed that performance up by finishing Silva in December, improving to 7-0 with the UFC. Of his seven Octagon wins, five have been stoppages.

Machida (21-4) is a former light heavyweight champion and would join Randy Couture and BJ Penn as the only fighters in UFC history to wear gold in multiple weight divisions. He has won both of his middleweight fights since dropping down, besting Gegard Mousasi and Mark Munoz.

Round 1: Weidman with three straight kicks, showing another side to his game. He’s taken the center of the Octagon, but that shouldn’t be an issue for Machida. Several more kicks for Weidman, including a nice side kick that just misses. Weidman catches a kick, gets deep in on a single-leg takedown, but Machida fights it off. Weidman staying on top of Machida, applying pressure and keeping him from countering. Kick from Weidman is countered by a nice left out of Machida. Weidman with a kick to the side that nearly rocks him off his feet. Stalking forward is Weidman, who controlled the round from start to finish.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Weidman

Round 2: More of the same, as Weidman takes the center and is winning each exchange, keeping Machida up against the fence as much as he can. Counter right from Weidman, who finally gets a little aggressive and eats a body kick. Exchange of kicks to the inner thigh area, but Weidman again takes the center. Weidman scores with a takedown as we go under a minute. He works to a modified side-control, landing heavy knees inside the clinch.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Weidman

Round 3: Weidman looking to frustrate Machida now by keeping the jab out in front to distract him. Big, power-takedown for Weidman, who moves directly into the guard with three minutes to go. Weidman tries to take the back, but it allows Machida a chance to get free. Big right opens a cut on the forehead of Machida and he is attacking. Machida a knee to the body, but gets taken back down with 90 seconds to go. Blood dripping from the head of Machida, who gets to his feet and is free, but is a bloody mess now.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Weidman

Round 4: Machida comes out with a little more pep, landing a nice combo. He’s taken back down for a brief moment, as Weidman works hard to keep him on the canvas. Machida gets free and back to his feet. Left hook connects and Weidman is taking deep breathes out of his mouth. This is the first time he’s reached the fourth round. Another left lands by Machida and Weidman is now backing up with more heavy breathing. Machida catches Weidman against the fence and lands with a stiff right. Machida looking confident now, as he has Weidman busted open and is attacking. Stiff jab answer by the champion. Loud “Machida” chant breaks out as we go under a minute and he delivers with a front-kick to the chest. Huge knee at the end of the round from Weidman is answered by a shot from Machida and the bell sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Machida

Round 5: Machida blocks and knocks Weidman down with a shot to the body, he’s hurt and backing up. Machida now on the attack, controlling the center and looking as fresh as he did in the first round. Machida fends off a takedown and capitalizes attacking Weidman against the fence. The champion appears to be seriously hurt, but answers with a huge right hand. Out of nowhere, Weidman lands again and Machida seemingly wakes up, backing him up with lefts and rights. Elbow to the face opens up the face of the challenger and he keeps attacking the wound. We go under two minutes and Weidman goes back to his wrestling, scoring with a takedown. The might have been the easiest Machida has ever been taken down. Weidman mounts, moves to the back and has both hooks in as we go under a minute. He flattens him out and is hammering lefts and rights. Machida to his feet and gets free with 30 seconds to go. Machida catches him against the fence and is peppering Weidman, who responds to bring it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Weidman

Chris Weidman def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (49-45, 48-47, 49-46) to retain his UFC middleweight championship