UFC 175 was an epic success hosting two title fights for the ages; as Weidman showed the heart of a true champion fending off a game Machida in the final stages of the title fight. Ronda Rousey showed why she is one of the pound for pound best in the world; not only for the women, but for all fighters in Mixed Martial Arts. In a blink of an eye Rousey put the finishing touches on third ranked woman bantamweight fighter, Alexis Davis, and earned her tenth victory in the process. Cancellations, finishes, and possibly one of the best middleweight title fights ever seen inside the octagon; the 175 card was truly a treat for each fan viewing around the world.
Chris Weidman defeats Lyoto Machida via Unanimous Decision In possibly one of the best UFC middleweight title fights since Silva versus Sonnen 1, Weidman holds off a surging Machida to retain the middleweight title. Weidman dominated the first three rounds like a champion should, as he stalked “The Dragon” around the cage and landed take downs in the second and third rounds. Machida came out firing on all cylinders in the fourth and fifth rounds, finding his range; pushing the pace more than he usually does in recent memory. The end of the fifth round was nothing but a back forth, hay makers landing one after the other until the conclusion of the bout. Machida was able to pin Weidman up against the cage in the final 15 seconds, and tee off on the champion. Weidman shrugged him off, while waiving him in for more as the fight concluded. The American pulled it out, but there is a slight feeling Machida will be back in the hunt sooner rather than later.
Ronda Rousey defeats Alexis Davis via TKO (punches) rd.1 The UFC women’s bantamweight champion reach her tenth win in her career in stunning fashion; as she made quick work of challenger, Alexis Davis. 16 seconds into the bout “Rowdy” Ronda put a stamp on the bout; clipping Davis with a right hand to the temple, then finished her off with a patented judo throw right into the fight ending ground and pound. There is not much to analyse in this bout within the matter of a few seconds, one thing is for sure though; Ronda Rousey is just in a league of her own. A question that steamed president Dana White, was if Ronda would be able to jump in on UFC 176 and “save the card”; which is something the champion would seem to be willing to do if needed. Until further notice; Ronda’s plan was to take a hiatus for a month or two, and let the women distinguish another contender deserving of the challenge for the title. Cat Zingano is a name that comes to mind; and so does the rumored Hollywood star, Gina Carano. The organization will make the final call on hand, while the rest of the world will remain impatiently waiting.
Stefan Struve and Matt Mitrione bout was cancelled An unfortunate event of circumstances occurred behind the stages of the octagon as heavyweight, Stefan Struve, had to be pulled last-minute due to a panic attack which happened in the locker room. Struve’s condition did not require an emergency escort to the nearest hospital, but was serious enough to have Dana White cancel the fight. No other word has been mentioned since the announcement, and no recent news has been reported since.
Urijah Hall defeats Thiago Santos via Unanimous Decision Did that toe break look gruesome or what? It may have been more entertaining for viewing, then the fight itself when Hall’s toe was shown constantly on the jumbo-tron. The bout was practically a kickboxing match, where Hall used countering and kicks; to tag Santos at will and keep him from getting in too close. Both fighters had their moments through the fight, Urijah Hall was just more crisp through the duration of three rounds. Broken toe and all, Hall did just enough to earn himself another win in the organization.
Russell Doane defeats Marcus Brimage via Split Decision Possibly the most controversial fight of the card; Brimage outclassed Doane in the striking game, but could not keep Doane from taking him down. Doane gained Brimage’s back numerous times through the first two rounds, Brimage defended Doane’s chokes with ease though; and found ways to escape in get the fight back to its feet. This would be Brimage’s second loss in a row, and is only one fight away from the magical number “3” loss the Ultimate Fighting Championship typically waits for before they cut the fighter. This is Russell Doane’s third win in a row, and second under the organization.
In other notable fights, Urijah “The California Kid” Faber submits Alex Caceres in a battle between ranked featherweights. Rob Font knocks out “The Scarecrow” George Roop; and Kevin Casey makes a statement in the first fight of the night, finishing off Bubba Bush in the very first round with some gruesome elbows.
Urijah Faber defeats Alex Caceres via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Rd. 3 , Kenny Robertson defeats Ildemar Alcantara via Unanimous Decision, Bruno Santos defeats Chris Camozzi via Split Decision, Rob Font defeats George Roop via KO (Punch) rd. 1, Luke Zachrich defeats Guilherme Vasconcelos via Unanimous Decision, Kevin Casey defeats Bubba Bush via TKO (Elbows) Rd. 1
The events do not stop tonight as Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn renew an old lightweight rivalry in the featherweight division. That fight will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 in The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. For anything and everything UFC, follow the Guardian Liberty Voice for all your coverage MMA.
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