“UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida” took place Saturday night inside The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan.
A light heavyweight scrap between former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida headlined the highly anticipated card.
Nik Lentz Defeated Tyson Griffin via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Paul Kelly Defeated T.J. O’Brien via TKO (Strikes) at 3:16 in the 2ndRound
Edson Barboza Defeated Mike Lullo via TKO (Leg Kicks) at :26 in the 3rdRound
Dennis Hallman Defeated Karo Parisyan via TKO (Strikes) at 1:47 in the 1stRound
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Mark Munoz Defeated Aaron Simpson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Brian Foster vs Matt Brown via Submission (Guillotine) at 2:11 in the 2ndRound
George Sotiropoulos Defeated Joe Lauzon via Submission (Kimura) at 2:43 in the 2ndRound
Phil Davis Defeated Tim Boetsch via Submission (Armlock) 2:55 in the 2ndRound
Maiquel Falcao Defeated Gerald Harris via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
BJ Penn Defeated Matt Hughes via KO (Punch) at :21 in the 1stRound
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Defeated Lyoto Machida via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Fight of the Night:
George Sotiropoulos and Joe Lauzon ($80,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Phil Davis ($80,000)
Knockout of the Night:
BJ Penn ($80,000)
Although Rampage offered up an immediate rematch, UFC president Dana White quickly shot the possibility down. The promoter claimed Jackson clearly won the razor-thin decision.
“I don’t own the UFC, homie. I just fight here,” Rampage stated.
The surprises didn’t stop there, as White announced BJ Penn bumped Jake Ellenberger for a shot at Jon Fitch at UFC 127 following his disposal of Matt Hughes.
“Matt, you’re my idol,” said Penn. “You will always be my idol. Thank you.”
Phil Davis dubbed his awkward submission over Tim Boetsch as the ‘Mr. Wonderful.’ If you’re not fond of the nickname, it earned him an extra $80K for Submission of the Night nonetheless.