Round 1 - The night's headliner is underway. No touch of the gloves. Jackson stalks as Machida circles. A full 30 seconds in, nothing's landed as the fighters circle. Machida attempts some low kicks but has nothing behind them. More than a minute in, there's still little action. Jackson is willing to wait for an opening, but Machida isn't giving him one. Machida attempts some low kicks, but he's too far away to do much with them. Jackson paws his jab but can't get within reach. Machida throws a low kick, and Jackson counters with a nice straight left. Machida scampers away, and Jackson chases with punches before pressing him against the cage. Jackson tries a foot stomp, but the pace slows. Machida wings a shot on the break, and they reset. Machida comes in with a lunging knee to the body, and Jackson just misses a counter. Machida lands the next knee nicely, but Jackson grabs him and puts him into the fence. Machida reverses and the jockey for upper-body position and trade short knees. Machida eventually pushes away and resets. Machida circles as Jackson begins to chase before settling down again. Jackson wings and misses with hooks. Machida lands a low kick and then retreats out of the way of Jackson's shots. Not a ton of action. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Machida.
Round 2 - Jackson stalks as soon as the round opens. Machida forces him back with a lunging knee and fake front kick. Jackson lunges through the next ones and presses Machida into the cage. Jackson works a couple short punches to the body. Machida reverses but takes a low blow, and we have a brief timeout before a restart. Little action as both look to counter. Jackson lunges with a left and then clinches with Machida. In a familiar fashion, they fight for upper-body control before Jackson finally gets his first takedown. Machida is in the seated position against the cage, and he easily gets back to his feet. He then presses Jackson into the cage and looks for and gets the clean break. Machida tries to dart in with a shot, and Jackson ties him up again. They're against the cage again, and Jackson holds him tight to avoid an escape. Machida, though, ultimately gets it and lands a solid body kick and then breaks out of a clinch with a punch. Jackson wings a left while chasing. Machida lands a low kick and a stiff left jab, and the fighters tie up again. Machida presses Jackson into the cage, and the ref wants action. Machida looks for a trip, but Jackson remains upright. Jackson with a knee to the body before they break. The fighters swing and trade punches, and Jackson is knocked off balance. Machida pulls back a punch before the round ends. It's close, but MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Jackson.
Round 3 - The final round of the night is underway. Jackson looks for a low kick, but Machida is ready. Machida fires off one of his own. More pawing of the jabs, and Jackson fires off lunging punches that just miss their mark. Machida plants his feet, but Jackson isn't ready to engage and throws a soft low kick. The boo birds want some action. Jackson throws his hands and connects with air as Machida retreats. Jackson moves in and eats a right, and Machida unloads a barrage. Jackson looks in trouble but then answers with a storm of his own. Machida, though, quickly dumps him to the mat and works from half guard. Jackson seems fully alert. Nice sequence there. The pace slows, though, once Machida is on the mat, and he looks to free his second leg. He settles for elbows to the midsection, and the crowd is yelling for a standup. Machida continues trying to free his second leg, but Jackson uses his legs to secure it. Machida looks to grab an arm, but Jackson stays compact while on his back. The boo birds are begging for a standup now with 90 seconds remaining. But Machida finally frees the leg and gets mount. Jackson pulls him close, and Machida settles for a couple short elbow strikes. He then grabs a leg, rolls his legs over Jackson's body and torques an armbar. Jackson powers his way back to his feet and amazingly survives. He now stalks, but Machida engages first and pushes his opponent into the cage. Machida drags Jackson to the mat and then scrambles trying to secure a leg and shoulder lock. The round ends, and MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Machida. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson def. Lyoto Machida via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
everyone hates the decision....too bad i dont. funny during the fight i saw page win it in the clinch in rd1 couture style. but somehow the clinch disapers and all that matters are leg kicks from lyoto? rd 1 and 2 rampage was what i thought during the fight and after.