A light heavyweight battle between Lyoto Machida (Pictured) and Dan Henderson co-headlined “UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche” on Saturday night.
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Honda Center in Anaheim, California is hosting tonight’s festivities. The show is headlined by a bantamweight title tilt between champion Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche.
Favorite (-) Underdog (+)
Dan Henderson +200
Lyoto Machida -260
Here is the play-by-play from Machida vs. Henderson:
Herb Dean is the third man inside the Octagon. Henderson lands an inside leg kick. Extended feeling out period from both fighters. Machida continues to fake strikes just to see how Henderson will react. He kicks Henderson in the midsection. Henderson charges forward and clocks him with two right hands. He had a body lock, but wasn’t able to drag Machida to the ground. Machida trips him to the mat and lands a couple of punches just before the horn blares. That likely won him the round.
5thRound scored it: Machida, 10-9
Henderson is looking for that inside leg kick-overhand right combo. Machida kicks him again in the stomach. He follows up with a front kick to the face. Henderson shoots and is met with a knee to the midsection. Another kick to the body by Machida. “The Dragon” continues to switch stances to try and keep Hendo off balance. Henderson tags him with a left hand. Close round to score.
5thRound scored it: Machida, 10-9.
Powerful kick to the body by Machida and he immediately follows up with a jab. Henderson gets the Brazilian to the ground and has over three minutes to do work. Machida doing a good job of avoiding damage. Machida scrambles free. Big inside leg kick by Machida. Henderson eats a front kick to the face. Machida lands another head kick. Another close stanza to score. This could be controversial.
5thRound scored it: Henderson, 10-9, but lost the fight, 29-28
Lyoto Machida Defeated Dan Henderson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
The pro-Henderson crowd boos the verdict.