Round 1 – Weidman with an early kick to the body. He misses a high kick. He kicks the legs. Interesting start from Weidman. Both men circling in the center. Weidman’s hands high. Crowd chanting for Machida. Weidman throws two more kicks that come up short. He looks takedown, but Machida quickly away. machida kicks the body, but Weidman catches it and tries for the takedown. Machida with solid defense and spins away to reset on the feet. Leg kick for Weidman. They trade punches against the cage. Weidman stalking from the center, and he continues to chop the legs. Weidman relying exclusively on kicks, and Machida hasn’t quite caught him with a counter. Weidman keeping the pressure high. Weidman goes again to the body. He fakes a takedown. Machida moving well to start, but he’s struggling to find an opportunity to attack. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie gives it to Weidman, 10-9.
Round 2 – Weidman again looking to strike in the early going. Now he’s throwing a flurry of punches, though Machida pulls easily away. Low kick for Weidman, and Machida just misses on a big counter. He may be starting to get that timing down. Weidman still the aggressor, holding the center of the cage. Low kicks traded. Machida looks unfazed from what’s unfolded so far. Weidman leaps in with a kick to the body. Machida circling on the outside. He’s trying to dart in and out with punches. Weidman avoiding any serious blows. Machida with an overhand left, as Weidman has slowed his output just a bit. Final minute, and he shoots in and brings Machida to the floor. Machida in a seated position against the fence. Weidman tries to posture and punch. Machida turns to a knee and gets to his feet, where Weidman throws a knee or two. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie givesit again to Weidman, 10-9.
Round 3 – Weidman misses on an early low kick and backs away from the counter. Machida high kick blocked. Weidman slips a strike and shoots in, but Machida pulls away and stays on the feet. Weidman looks comfortable on his feet, and he blocks another high kick. Machida circling, and he sneaks in a left hand. Weidman shoots, but Machida sprawls to perfection. Still, Weidman goes inside again shortly after and gets the fight to the floor. Machida tries to wrap the neck as he falls, but he doesn’t have the choke and has to let go. Machida in guard. He turns and exposes his back, but he gets to his feet and pulls away as Weidman looks for a choke. On the restart, Weidman pushes forward with punches. He lands clean against the fence, but Machida circles away. Weidman stay son top of him, and more strikes land. Machida is hurt. Big hooks scored clean. Weidman drives forward and takes Machida to the floor. Machida tying things up underneath. He turns to a knee, but Weidman catches with a few hammerfists before throwing him again to the floor. Machida on his knees, and Weidman has the right leg hooked. Still Machida scrambles up. Weidman blocks a high kick to end the round. Machida’s face is busted up, and Weidman takes it on the MMAjunkie card, 10-9.
Round 4 – Championship rounds, and Machida opens with a low kick. He’s going to beed to take some chances. Knee to the body for Weidman. He blocks a high kick. Machida does score to the body, but Weidman waves him in for more. Right hand scores for Weidman, and he follows with a knee to the body. Machida not going anywhere, and he kicks the body to answer. Weidman drives in for a takedown. Machida defends the single-leg. Weidman keeps looking for it, but he eventually has to let go. Back in the center, and Machida scores with a left hand. Probably his best punch of the fight. Weidman briefly staggered. Machida turns up the pressure and scores with a big right hand. Weidman definitely slowing down. Machida with a kick to the body. He’s changing stances and teasing shots, but Weidman is right there to battle back with big punches. Incredible trading from both men. Machida defends another takedown. Crowd chanting for Machida. He seems to have energy left, while Weidman has lost his zip. Weidman short on another takedown. He does land a right, but Machida comes forward with a flurry . Flying strikes traded, and Machida lands a huge left at the bell. Wow. MMAjunkie gives it to Machida, 10-9.
Round 5 – Touch of gloves, and Weidman looks takedown. Machida with a kick that Weidman says hit him in the groin, but referee Herb Dean doesn’t intervene. Incredible drama in this final round. Weidman back in the center. His punches no longer look strong, and his left eye is swelling. he kciks low, and Machida cracks him with a solid left straight. Weidmana works inside for a takedown, but Machida stuffs it and punches him as he gets back to his feet. Knees from Weidman in the clinch, and he lands a big right hand. Machida bleeding again. He’s blinking as it rolls into his eye. Still, he fights on, Straight right from Weidman staggers Machida. How are these men standing? UFC President Dana White jumps up from his seat to applaud. Both me trading in the center. Two minutes let. Will one of these men run out of energy? Weidman drops down and drives through for the takedown. Is a blasting shot, and Machida hits the deck. Machida has been gutsy as can be, but that may have sealed it. Machida rolls to his knees, knowing he has to get up. Weidman secures his back and looks to punch away. Machida desperately trying to get to his feet, and he does with less than a minute. Thirty seconds left. Machida needs a finish. Does he have anything left? He rushes forward with right hands and goes nuts against the cage. Weidman just waves him in. Fight ends. Absolutely incredible. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Weidman, 10-9, awarding him the fight 49-46.
Result: Chris Weidman def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (49-45, 48-47, 49-46) to