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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Lyoto Machida Not Only Survives, But Earns Decision

If you loved Lyoto Machida when he was at his peak, the last few years have been hard on you.

First, the former champ somehow lost his ability to take a punch, so whenever he gets into the cage there’s a good chance he’ll wind up in a coma.

Then there’s the fact that he was on the wrong end of a USADA suspension, which kept him away from the UFC for so long.

Yes, folks, we’re seeing the last days of “The Dragon”, and it’s heartbreaking to see him go out like this. But Machida still has fans, especially in Brazil, so why not squeeze a little more juice out of him? Why not put him in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125, against Eryk Anders, an up-and-coming slugger?

The trick for Machida, as it always is, is to do that karate stuff he does so well, but do it without making any mistakes. And he barely makes any through much of the first and second rounds, staying elusive and mobile while dodging takedown attempt and flicking out his karate kicks and reverse punches. Anders is stuck pursuing, and largely hitting air.

Only in the third does the American start to make his mark, nailing a takedown and, later on, planting a knee in Machida’s chops that opens up a nice cut. Anders gets a knockdown in the fourth, and for the briefest of moments, it seems like the Brazilian is en route to getting murdered. But! Machida survives, resumes his constant movement, and the bout ends with him somehow still awake.

Though the decision is a split in favor of the former champ, it’s more of a moral victory than anything, as he gets to keep getting paid to fight.

 

Results: Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders via Split Decision

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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Lyoto Machida Not Only Survives, But Earns Decision

If you loved Lyoto Machida when he was at his peak, the last few years have been hard on you.

First, the former champ somehow lost his ability to take a punch, so whenever he gets into the cage there’s a good chance he’ll wind up in a coma.

Then there’s the fact that he was on the wrong end of a USADA suspension, which kept him away from the UFC for so long.

Yes, folks, we’re seeing the last days of “The Dragon”, and it’s heartbreaking to see him go out like this. But Machida still has fans, especially in Brazil, so why not squeeze a little more juice out of him? Why not put him in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125, against Eryk Anders, an up-and-coming slugger?

The trick for Machida, as it always is, is to do that karate stuff he does so well, but do it without making any mistakes. And he barely makes any through much of the first and second rounds, staying elusive and mobile while dodging takedown attempt and flicking out his karate kicks and reverse punches. Anders is stuck pursuing, and largely hitting air.

Only in the third does the American start to make his mark, nailing a takedown and, later on, planting a knee in Machida’s chops that opens up a nice cut. Anders gets a knockdown in the fourth, and for the briefest of moments, it seems like the Brazilian is en route to getting murdered. But! Machida survives, resumes his constant movement, and the bout ends with him somehow still awake.

Though the decision is a split in favor of the former champ, it’s more of a moral victory than anything, as he gets to keep getting paid to fight.

 

Results: Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders via Split Decision

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Lyoto Machida Believes Bisping Fight Makes Sense: ‘He Might Retire Soon, I Could Retire Soon’

Moments after Lyoto Machida ended a three-bout skid with a hard-fought split verdict over Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 125 headliner, he set his sights on a high-profile opponent.
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Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders full fight video highlights – UFC Fight Night 125

Despite getting his face bloodied throughout 25 minutes of action last night (Sat., Feb. 3, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 125 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Guilherme Paraense in Belem, Brazil, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida captured a split-decision win over formerly undefeated middleweight contender Eryk Anders.

Machida would find some success early by dropping Anders with a sweeping leg kick. “The Dragon” was back to his usual tricks as he eluded danger on the Octagon warning track and controlled the action. That was until Anders landed a solid straight left in the second round that sent the former champion back into the cage.

Anders would add to his efforts by landing a nasty inside knee in Round 3. It left a cut on the bridge of Machida’s nose, which ultimately spilled blood into the eye and mouth of “The Dragon.” Still, Machida was able to mix in some timely counter shots whenever Anders pressed his offense. He was taken down by Anders a few times, but quickly returned to his feet where he was able to score points with precision punching and piercing body kicks.

It was a back-and-forth affair that had a few momentum changes, but it was Machida who did enough through the course of five rounds to walk away with the split-decision win.

Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Machida gets back into the win column after dropping his last three Octagon appearances. Machida called out former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping after the victory and may end up getting his wish. It would be a nice retirement matchup for “The Count,” and another chance for Machida to prove he’s still a contender at 185 pounds.

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Lyoto Machida Turns Back Clock, Edges Eryk Anders in UFC Fight Night 125 Main Event

Lyoto Machida snaps a three-fight losing streak with a split decision over Eryk Anders on Saturday in Brazil.
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UFC Fight Night 119 Medical Suspensions: Lyoto Machida Out Until 2018 After Brutal KO Loss

After spending 28 months on the shelf, former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titlist Lyoto Machida is going to have to spend at least another two months on the sideline.
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UFC Fight Night 119 medical suspensions bench Lyoto Machida until 2018

UFC Fight Night 119 injuries and medical suspensions for those athletes competing at the “Machida vs. Brunson” mixed martial arts (MMA) event last Saturday night (Oct. 28, 2017) from inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, were released on Monday by Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA).

Leading the list of mandatory timeouts is middleweight headliner Lyoto Machida, who returned from a two-year absence from combat sports only to get creamed by 185-pound stalwart Derek Brunson in the FOX Sports 1 main event.

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Every participating fighter was benched for the minimum 14 days; however, select combatants will need additional time off (via MMA Fighting) for damage sustained during their respective performances.

Elizeu Zaleski: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Hacran Dias: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Demian Maia: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Christian Colombo: Suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Max Griffin: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Jared Gordon: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Niko Price: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Marlon Vera: Suspended 180 days, pending x-ray of left foot (30/21 if cleared)
Jack Hermansson: Suspended 45 days, 30 days no contact
Colby Covington: Suspended 30 days, 21 days no contact
Lyoto Machida: Suspended 60 days, 45 days no contact

Just a quick reminder: Fighters often return to action much quicker once doctors give them the green light. The lengthy suspensions are just a precaution in most cases. In addition, not all injuries are recorded during the post-fight examination and often times surface in follow-up tests.

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What’s next for Derek Brunson after knocking out Lyoto Machida at UFC Sao Paulo?

Derek Brunson has racked up plenty of wins inside the Octagon during his five-year run with the promotion, but it seemed that the Jackson-Winkeljohn trained fighter couldn’t get the big signature win when he had the chances.

And he had a couple of opportunities, but came up short against Robert Whittaker and former Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, though many felt Brunson could’ve very well earned the nod on the judges’ scorecards.

Nevertheless, after knocking out Lyoto Machida in the very first round in the main event of UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Brunson obtained that ever-elusive big win over a former champion. With back-to-back wins in his pocket, Brunson wasted no time in looking for his next fight, taking to the mic during the post-win speech to call out Luke Rockhold.

And during the post-fight presser, Brunson further explained why a win over the former Middleweight champion gets him to a title shot.

“He’s a top-level guy,” Brunson said. “He’s one or two in the division. I think it would be a great matchup. I think I could put hands on him, touch that chin one time, I can put him down also.”

“For sure, a win over Rockhold would definitely get me next to the title shot,” Brunson said. “The media sleeps on me a lot, but what I’ve done in the UFC, what I’ve done over my career – I had a controversial decision over Anderson, let’s say I get that win, that takes away a loss. Romero, I was beating him two rounds to zero, I was dominating the whole fight. He was able to catch me with a punch with about a minute left. If I would have just danced around for a minute, I would have got that win. Whittaker, I touched him a lot, he touched me a lot, I rocked him, he rocked me, he was able to get the win.

“So I’ve definitely had a crazy career, but I’m starting to put it together and starting to take my time and know that I can really do some damage if I just slow down just a little bit,” he concluded.

And I like that fight very much, though Luke may not feel the same way.

That’s because Luke firmly has his eyes set on a title fight himself after defeating David Branch in his comeback fight a few weeks ago. The only problem is, after Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre do the dance at UFC 217, the winner will already have his next fight booked against interim title holder Robert Whittaker.

That means waiting for a title fight could easy be a year-long wait for Rockhold. And I really don’t see Luke waiting that long. In the meantime, why not face Brunson, collect a nice paycheck and potentially secure your title shot?

It makes sense on both ends, and I sincerely hope UFC matchmakers see it the same way.

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UFC Fight Night 119 Results: Lyoto Machida’s Karate Fails Him Yet Again

The last time we saw Lyoto Machida victorious was 2014. Since then, there’s been a lot of ugliness, and a USADA-spawned suspension that kept him away from the cage. At UFC Fight Night 119, the former light-heavyweight king was all set for a comeback in front of a partisan crowd, against an opponent in Derek Brunson […]

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What’s next for Derek Brunson after knocking out Lyoto Machida at UFC Sao Paulo?

Derek Brunson has racked up plenty of wins inside the Octagon during his five-year run with the promotion, but it seemed that the Jackson-Winkeljohn trained fighter couldn’t get the big signature win when he had the chances.

And he had a couple of opportunities, but came up short against Robert Whittaker and former Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, though many felt Brunson could’ve very well earned the nod on the judges’ scorecards.

Nevertheless, after knocking out Lyoto Machida in the very first round in the main event of UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Brunson obtained that ever-elusive big win over a former champion. With back-to-back wins in his pocket, Brunson wasted no time in looking for his next fight, taking to the mic during the post-win speech to call out Luke Rockhold.

And during the post-fight presser, Brunson further explained why a win over the former Middleweight champion gets him to a title shot.

“He’s a top-level guy,” Brunson said. “He’s one or two in the division. I think it would be a great matchup. I think I could put hands on him, touch that chin one time, I can put him down also.”

“For sure, a win over Rockhold would definitely get me next to the title shot,” Brunson said. “The media sleeps on me a lot, but what I’ve done in the UFC, what I’ve done over my career – I had a controversial decision over Anderson, let’s say I get that win, that takes away a loss. Romero, I was beating him two rounds to zero, I was dominating the whole fight. He was able to catch me with a punch with about a minute left. If I would have just danced around for a minute, I would have got that win. Whittaker, I touched him a lot, he touched me a lot, I rocked him, he rocked me, he was able to get the win.

“So I’ve definitely had a crazy career, but I’m starting to put it together and starting to take my time and know that I can really do some damage if I just slow down just a little bit,” he concluded.

And I like that fight very much, though Luke may not feel the same way.

That’s because Luke firmly has his eyes set on a title fight himself after defeating David Branch in his comeback fight a few weeks ago. The only problem is, after Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre do the dance at UFC 217, the winner will already have his next fight booked against interim title holder Robert Whittaker.

That means waiting for a title fight could easy be a year-long wait for Rockhold. And I really don’t see Luke waiting that long. In the meantime, why not face Brunson, collect a nice paycheck and potentially secure your title shot?

It makes sense on both ends, and I sincerely hope UFC matchmakers see it the same way.

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