After beating Anderson Silva twice, Chris Weidman remained unbeaten Saturday night (June 5), when he defended his Middleweight title against Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 in Las Vegas with a unanimous decision.
Weidman took the momentum early, as Machida spent much of the first round circling the cage and looking for opportunities to counter… which he didn’t find. Instead, Weidman landed calculated right hands, his lead straight right being the go-to the entire fight.
The champ built an early lead and would survive a series of strikes in the fourth, which began with a left kick to the body, following by a left that stunned Weidman. In the end, Weidman out-landed Machida in total strikes 90-to-63, according to cageside stats.
“He’s as good as I thought,” Weidman said. “Quick. When you think he’s going to do something, he does the opposite. He’s real tricky and tough as nails.”
Weidman improved to 12-0, while Machida’s recorded fell to 21-5.
In the co-headlining bout, Ronda Rousey finished her second consecutive fight via knockout, putting Alexis Davis away in just 16 seconds. It was the second-fastest knockout in UFC title bout history, behind Andrei Arlovski’s 15-second finish of Paul Buentello at UFC 55 in October 2005.
It was also Rousey’s fourth consecutive UFC bantamweight title defense.
“I box six days a week and grapple four days a week,” Rousey said. “I have more to catch up on striking, so I do that the most.”