It was a less successful night for Shinzo Machida, brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, as the elder sibling returned from a four-and-a-half-year hiatus to drop a unanimous decision to local Leonardo Laiola.
Laiola refused to give Machida opportunities to counter attack, forcing the Belem native to press forward. Laiola capitalized, knocking Machida down with a left hook and eventually taking his back, where Laiola sunk in a deep rear-naked choke from which Machida was saved by the bell.
The next two rounds followed the same pattern, as Machida walked forward but landed little offense, while Laiola was able to press Machida into the cage and land clean punches. In the end, all three judges scored the fight in favor of Laiola.
“It was a close fight. He’s a very tough guy. In the end, I just think I was a little bit better than him tonight,” proclaimed an ecstatic Laiola.