UFC 175 is in the books and for all the hype leading up to the show, it took the two championship fights for the card to live up to being the biggest show of the year.
Chris Weidman defeats Lyoto Machida
Chris Weidman successfully defended his middleweight title against Lyoto Machida in one of the best fights in recent memory. Weidman used his size and strength to bully the ever-elusive Machida for the first three rounds of the fight. By the 4th round, Weidman appeared gassed, as he’d never seen the championship rounds of a fight before. Machida wouldn’t quit and started to pepper with champion with combinations that would have dropped almost anyone else in the division. In the end, Machida’s comeback wasn’t enough to topple Weidman and Weidman retains the title while earning much needed respect.
Chris Weidman via unanimous decision
Ronda Rousey defeats Alexis Davis
It took Ronda Rousey all of 16 seconds to defend her UFC women’s title against Alexis Davis. Davis come out swinging but Rousey hit Davis with a solid knee, used a perfect judo throw to put Davis down and then Rousey finished her with repeated punches. 16-seconds…that’s it. Rousey is still your women’s champ. Davis was so out of it, she tried to single leg referee Yves Lavigne before she was had realized the fight was stopped.
Ronda Rousey via first-round TKO
Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione
Before this fight could take place, Stefan Struve who was returning from a heart condition had a near feinting spell in the back. There is some speculation it was a panic attack but considering he could be risking a heart attack or worse, it’s to be expected he’d have some uneasiness about returning to the cage. We wish Struve the best regardless of his decisions to fight or not fight. It’s important that he makes the best choice for his long-term health.
Uriah Hall defeats Thiago Santos
Uriah Hall suffered a broken toe early in the first round of this fight. He was able to convince the doctors to let him continue despite the appearance of bone on the outside of his skin. Despite the toe injury, Hall looked impressive by forcing the fight to Santos, mixing up his strikes and he showed glimpses of the Uriah Hall that dominated while on the Ultimate Fighter Series.
Uriah Hall via unanimous decision
Russell Doane defeats Marcus Brimage via split decision
Russell Doane was able to grind out a win over Marcus Brimage convincing two of the three judges he had done enough. Brimage was effective with his leg kicks and even dropping Doane in the second but it wasn’t enough to stop Doane from smothering him for most of the fight to earn the win.
UFC 175 Bonuses
Lyoto Machida and Chris Weidman each won $50,000 performance of the night bonuses for their 5 round title fight. Rob Font and Ronda Rousey took home the other two awards for their first round KO performances against George Roop and Alexis Davis respectively.
Urijah Faber defeats Alex Caceres via rear-naked choke
Kenny Robertson defeats Ildemar Alcantara via unanimous decision
Bruno Santos defeats Chris Camozzi unanimous decision
Rob Font defeats George Roop via first-round KO
Luke Zachrich defeats Guilherme Vasconcelos via unanimous decision
Kevin Casey defeats Bubba Bush via first-round TKO