UFC 123 Rampage vs Machida Hughes vs Penn

UFC 123 Rampage vs Machida

UFC 123 Rampage vs Machida

I watch UFC 123 last night with much anticipation and excitement. The night held the promise of two great battles between two sets of veteran MMA warriors.

The main event of the night was a light heavy wieght battle between two former light heavyweight champions..

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Lyoto "the Dragon" Machida

The other much anticipated mixed martial arts battle was between former welterweight champions..

Matt Allen Hughes and B.J. "The Prodigy" Penn

The main card also feature a battles between:
  • Lightweight mma warriors George Sotiropoulos and Joe Lauzon

  • A middleweight battle between Gerald Harris and Maiquel Falcao

  • And a light heavyweight bout between Phil Davis and Tim Boetsch
The UFC 123 mixed martial arts event opened up with the lightweight mixed martial arts battle between George Sotiropoulos and Joe Lauzon.

At the beginning of the first round of this mma fight, Joe set a fast and hard pace by agressively striking Sotiropoulos and demonstrating some good grappling defense.

The second half of the first round had George domoniation until the end of the round when Joe reversed the momentum with some ground and pound action.

As the second round began with a gassed Joe Lauzon, see kids this is why cardio is so important to the mixed martial arts fighter. Sotiropoulos kept his undefeated status by submitting Lauzon at 2:43 of the 2nd round via a kimura submission.

This MMA battle won the Fight of the Night Award.

The second mma fight of the night was between Phil Davis and Tim Boetsch. The fight round went to the ground with Davis demonstrating some decent ground and pound.

As the second round progressed Phil clinched Davis and Davis attempted a standing guillotine choke, but missed and the fight went to the ground. The match ended in round 2 with Davis performing a modified kimura submitting Boetsch at 2:55.

Joe Rogan went on to ask Phil Davis if he invented this move and jokingly called it the 'Mr Wonderful'. It was a different way of delivering a kimura and it worked.

This modified kimura won Phil Davis the Submission of the Night Award.

The next UFC 123 on demand mixed martial arts fight that aired was a preliminary battle between warriors Paul Kelly of England vs. T.J. O'Brien of the United States.

This prelim mma match started with a good display of stand up from O'Brien. O'Brien was using his height advantage over Kelly.

The 2nd round ended up on the ground and Kelly positioned himself in a crucifix hold. Kelly defeated O'Brien at 3:16 of round 2. The fight was stopped due to elbows he continued to deliver while in

the crucifix position.

UFC 123 moved back to the main card with a fight between middleweight warriors Gerald Harris and Maiquel Falcao. This was Falcao debut in the UFC.

After a patient start to round one and two had Falcao attacking Harris with fast hard strikes, as the fight moved to the ground Falcao continued his attacked with some fast and hard ground and pound.

The third round ended in disappointment as no real action transpired. Neither Harris nor Falcao engaged during this round leaving the match to end in a unanimous decision of (29-27, 29-28, 29-28) in favor of Falcao.

Next was the much anticipated battle between Matt Hughes and B.J. Penn. This welterweight mixed martial arts fight ended quick with B.J. delivering a knockout punch at 0:21 in round one.

B.J. Penn won the KO of the night Award.

UFC 123 on demand aired the prelim welterweight bout between Karo Parisyan of Armenia and Dennis Hallman of the United States.

Hallman TKO'ed Karo Parisyan at 1:47 of round one via hammer fist punches.

The next fight of the night was the main event battle between light heavyweight warriors Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida.

I was very excited about this fight I am a fan of both fighters. I love the fact that Lyoto comes from a traditional karate background. And I am very much of fan of Rampage Jackon's hard hitting non-tradition, yet very effective fighting style.

It was hard to pick a favorite, but I did lean more towards wanting Lyoto to win.

The battle started with Lyoto attacking the legs of Rampage and being his every elusive self. Rampage made some very good attacking advances on Lyoto, but could never really capitalize on his punches.

I had hoped to see Rampage change up his attackes abit and add more kick combinations with his punches. The fight stayed very close in the first two rounds.

Round three began with much of the same we had seen in the previous two rounds, then in the last minutes of round 3 Lyoto landed some very hard strikes, kicks and knees to Rampage. The fight went to the ground and the match ended with Lyoto Machida attempting a submission hold on Rampage.

The fight went to a split decision in favor of Quinton Jackson (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Rampage was very suprised by his win and was very humble stating that "Lyoto had kick his ass in the last round." He said he wanted to extend a rematch to Machida. I will be there for that one.

The last fight of the night was a prelim airing of the lightweight mma bout between Brazilian Edson Barboza vs. United States Mike Lullo.

Barboza defeated Lullo via TKO (leg kicks) at 0:26 of round 3.

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