Machida edges Rua at UFC 104

Photo by Ed Mulholland
Photo by Ed Mulholland

Octagonside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.

In the main event of UFC 104 controversy abounded as, after five incredibly close rounds, judges’ scored the bout 48-47 in favor of the Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. Rounds one and two were highlighted by “Shogun” Rua’s strong commitment to landing hard kicks to the legs and body of the champion. Machida came alive in round three by exploding on the challenger with several snapping kicks and an explosive combination of straight punches. Rua punished the body of Machida in round four and badly bruised the ribs of “The Dragon.” The final round saw the chess match continue as Machida ate a number of leg and body kicks. With this win Machida moves to a perfect 16-0 and becomes the first light heavyweight champion to successfully defend his belt since September of 2007.

In the co-main event of the evening rising heavyweight star Cain Velasquez scored the biggest TKO of his young career as he dominated the 6’5 former IFL champion Ben Rothwell en route to stopping him :58 seconds into round two. Velasquez threw Rothwell around the cage like a ragdoll in round one and landed brutal punches. Velasquez continued his onslaught in round two until the fight was waved off.

Lightweight Gleison Tibau defeated veteran Josh Neer via unanimous decision. Scores read 30-27 twice and 29-28.

Lightweight Joe “Daddy” Stevenson stopped Spencer “The King” Fischer with a brutal barrage of elbows from the top position at 4:03 of the second round.

Hot welterweight prospect Anthony “Rumble” Johnson needed just :41 seconds to KO Yoshiyuki Yoshida with a hard right hand.

The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Ryan Bader defeated Eric Schafer via unanimous decision. Scores read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-26. In a heavyweight striking contest Pat Barry knocked out Antoni Hardonk at 2:30 of the second round with a hard right hand. Former WEC middleweight champion defeated title contender Yushin Okami via unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27. Veteran middleweight Jorge Rivera used strong striking to defeat Rob Kimmons at 1:53 of the third round. Light heavyweight Kyle Kingsbury scored a split decision over Razak al-Hassan. Scores all read 29-28, twice in favor Kingsbury. The 6’10 heavyweight Stephan Struve dispatched newcomer Chase Gormley in the first with a triangle choke. The end came at 4:04.

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