The highly anticipated UFC light heavyweight title bout has come and gone. What a fight! Unfortunately, a controversial decision will make the headlines. Make sure you check out the UFC 104 Post-Fight Press Conference at 5thRound.com to see what the fighters had to say about it.
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|Result: Stefan Struve Defeated Chase Gormley via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:04 in the 1stRound|
|Result: Kyle Kingsbury Defeated Razak Al-Hassan via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)|
|Result: Jorge Rivera Defeated Rob Kimmons via TKO (Punches) at 1:53 in the 3rdRound|
|Result: Chael Sonnen Defeated Yushin Okami via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)|
|1stRound: Berry tries to touch gloves but Hardonk dismisses the gesture as both begin to throw punches and kicks. Hardonk’s leg kicks seem to have affected Berry enough to cause him to switch his stance. Although Hardonk is landing leg kicks, Berry appears to be the quicker puncher and lands a few punches. Berry is able to get Hardonk to the ground and into side control. Hardonk fights his way back up and both fighters continue to exchange as the round comes to an end. |
2ndRound: From the outset, Berry looks to be the fresher fighter and is landing punches at will. You can see Berry’s confidence rising as the round continues as he lands a glancing right jab that drops Hardonk. Even Berry was surprised that Hardonk went down as he took a second to pounce and land a couple more bombs to the stunned Hardonk before the referee steps in to stop the fight.
Result: Pat Berry Defeated Antoni Hardonk via TKO (Punches) at 2:30 in the 2ndRound
|1stRound: Bader looks comfortable on his feet as the fight starts but Schafer looks extremely confident in his underdog role. Bader is throwing bombs but its his straight punches that are landing. It’s the wrestler, Bader, that’s getting off first as the round continues. It looks like Bader’s punch of choice is an overhand right and Schafer gets caught and dropped as Bader follows him to the ground and lands another big overhand right on the ground. Bader takes Schafer’s back and slams him down but Schafer is trying to survive and is doing a good job of doing so as he looks to remain active on the bottom. While on the top, Bader almost gets caught in an omoplata but is able to escape as the round comes to an end. |
2ndRound: With the 2ndRound starting, Schafer looks like he’s regained his wits as Bader accidentally gets poked in the eye. Bader appears to have lost a step as the 2ndRound moves foward but is still looking to land that overhand right. Neither fighter is able to do anything significant at this point in the round, even though Bader has slowed down, Schafer hasn’t done anything to seize the round until he landed a left and right hook that backs up Bader. As Schafer’s confidence grows Bader catches Schafer with a right that stops his momentum. Bader tries to steal the round with a takedown at the end but Schafer lands a right that stops the takedown attempt.
3rdRound: Schafer still looks to be the fresher of the two fighters but Bader lands another big overhand right that stuns and drops Schafer but Bader ends up in Schafer’s full guard. Bader backs out and stands the fight up as the referee asks the docs to look at a cut on Schafer’s nose. Replays show that it was an accidental headbut that caused the cut. With the round coming to an end, Bader takes Schafer down and gains side control but isn’t able to do anything as the horn buzzes.
Result: Ryan Bader Defeated Eric Schafer via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-26, 30-27)
|1stRound: Johnson’s size advantage is clear from the start as he stuns Yoshida and follows up with a straight right that drops Yoshida and the referee steps in to prevent any further damage. Result: Anthony Johnson Defeated Yoshiyuki Yoshida via TKO (Punches) at :41 in the 1stRound|
|1stRound: Fisher takes the center of the Octagon but neither fighter has thrown anything important a couple minutes into the round. Stevenson shoots in for a takedown but Fisher is able to fight it off but a stubborn Stevenson is holding onto a double-leg up against the cage. Fisher has a cut over his right eye that is causing him to blink a little but he conttinues to push forward with punches. Stevenson is able to get Fisher’s back and land some strikes to open up Fisher’s defense but the round comes to an end.|
2ndRound: Stevenson looks light on his feet but Fisher’s the only fighter throwing combinations. A Fisher knee opens up the door for Stevenson to score a takedown and land into Fisher’s full guard. Stevenson is landing some elbows from the half guard with Fisher up against the cage trying to open up Fisher’s cut more. Stevenson is able to trap Fisher’s arms and land uncontested elbows which caused the referee to stop the fight.
Result: Joe Stevenson Defeated Spencer Fisher via Submission (Strikes) at 4:03 in the 2ndRound
|1stRound: Tibau scores a big double-leg takedown on Neer but Neer gets back to his feet. Neer scores a couple of leg kicks but gets taken down again. Tibau tries to pass Neer’s guard but allow Neer to get back up. After some inactivity on their feet, Neer gets slammed down again and quickly gets back up to his feet. Both fighters exchange punches and Tibau uses it as another opportunity to slam Neer to his back for a fourth time but Tibau is once again unable to keep him on his back. Neither lightweight has an advantage thus far on their feet, the takedowns are the only difference. |
2ndRound: The round starts off where the last round ended with Neer getting slammed on his back but getting back up to his feet easily. While throwing an uppercut, Neer gets taken down once again but it doesn’t appear like Tibau wants to be on the ground. Tibau scores his sixth takedown but Neer remains composed until Tibau gets into the full mount. Neer gives up his back and stands up. Tibau is a little high on Neer’s back and uses it to slide down into an armbar attempt but squirms out and ends up in Tibau’s half guard. Both fighters are back up to their feet as Tibau is starting to look a little gassed after yesterday’s weight cut. Another Tibau takedown attempt is thwarted by Neer this time as the round ends.
3rdRound: The final round begins with another Tibau takedown. Neer is able to escape from the half guard back into the full guard. Neer stops the eighth and ninth takedown attempts, unfortunately Neer is unable to do anything on his feet at this point. The crowd starts to boo as there’s a lull in the action. Neer has to do something to win. Tibau scores his eighth takedown on his tenth attempt. Again, Neer gets back to his feet because Tibau allows him to. Neer suffers his ninth takedown but doesn’t take any damage and then eats his tenth takedown as the fight comes to a close.
Result: Gleison Tibau Defeated Josh Neer via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
|1stRound: Velasquez starts with a couple of kicks as Rothwell counters with a right but gets taken down by the wrestler. Rothwell is trying to get back to his feet but Velasquez drags him down. Both guys get back up to their feet and start slugging as both land a couple of decent punches. Velasquez scores another takedown and ends up in side control and starts to land short elbows from the top. The former IFL heavyweight is taking shots from the top as the Mexican fighter is getting cheered on by the partisan crowd. The tough Rothwell fights back to his feet at the end but looks worn out. |
2ndRound: Rothwell attempts a high kick and misses and gets taken down again and takes some more damage while Velasquez is riding his back. Velasquez turns it on as he has Rothwell up against the cage with one knee on the ground which forces the referee to step it and stop the fight.
Result: Cain Velasquez Defeated Ben Rothwell via TKO (Punches) at :58 in the 2ndRound
|1stRound: Shogun attacks but Machida is able to avoid and get a muay-thai clinch and land a couple of knees to Rua’s body. Both fighters are remaining patient as Rua has a clinch up against the Octagon cage but Machida is able to hold Rua off as they separate. A left a high kick by Machida almost lands but as Rua shoots in for a takedown, he eats a knee as he holds onto Machida’s body. Neither fighter is rushing to push the action, picking their spots with no advantage to either side. Rua lands a hard leg kick and eats a body kick in exchange. Rua counters Machida with a right hook as the round closes. |
2ndRound: Every Machida move has been countered by a Rua strike. Nothing changes as the round starts with a quick Rua left straight. Machida pushes forward and lands a 1-2 left-right combination but Rua stays relaxed. Rua shoots in for another takedown but is unable to make anything happen with it. Machida scores a left body kick that is heard throughout the crowd but Rua lands a right body kick of his own and lands another. It’s a very close fight as the round moves on, you can see the damage on Machida’s body after Rua’s attacks. Rua has Machida up against the cage in a body clinch once again and lands a few knees to Machida’s thigh.
3rdRound: Rua starts with another body kick but a Machida straight right keeps Rua at bay. It’s clear that Rua is using his kicks to control Machida who has changed his stance to maybe protect some injured ribs. We’re seeing a Rua that we haven’t seen before, a patient one. The champion lands a body kick of his own but can’t follow up. Machida counters Rua with a right but doesn’t land it clean as the fight reaches its halfway point. The challenger scores with a leg kick and then both fighters exchange leg kicks. Another body kick by Shogun lands as he backs away to avoid danger. Rua lands an inside leg kick after pushing forward and backs up Machida. Machida pushes forward and lands multiple strikes with Rua up against the cage but Rua fights back and lands a couple of his own.
4thRound: The round is starting off slower than the previous three as the crowd starts a Machida chant. Machida attempts a left high kick but Rua blocks it. A Machida slip allows Rua to rush and attempt a double leg takedown but Machida is able to hold Rua off as they separate. Rua is doing a good job of covering up every time Machida strikes. Rua lands another body kick and covers up to avoid any counter. Machida is starting to look a little tired and unable to move like he normally does. Rua looks fresh as he lands a knee to the body and a right hand with a leg kick to the body.
5thRound: The championship, 5thRound, starts slowly as both fighters are cautious of each other’s strengths. Rua lands another body and leg kick as Machida’s body continues to redden up. Machida attempts a body kick of his own but Rua pushes forward and lands a right hook as he backs away once again. It appears as though the champion is unable to solve the riddle of Shogun as he lands back-to-back knees, first to Rua’s body then head. Machida has Rua in a body clinch up against the cage as the referee separates the fighters. Machida lands a knee to Rua’s body but Rua lands an elbow as he moves away with the crowd now chanting for Shogun. Even with a win possibly at hand, Rua continues pushing forward as Machida is still struggling to find the solution to Rua’s riddle. Both fighters raise their arms as the final buzzer sounds.
Result: Lyoto Machida Defeated Mauricio Rua via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)