UFC 175 Results: Winners and Scorecards from Weidman vs. Machida Fight Card
The Fourth of July is over, but that doesn't mean the fireworks have to stop.
UFC 175's fight card is filled to the brim with intrigue.
There will be two title fights, with Lyoto Machida attempting to do what no one—not even Anderson Silva—has been able to do against Chris Weidman, and Ronda Rousey looking to continue her transcendence over the sport against Alexis Davis.
Then you have Stefan Struve and Marcus Brimage making their comebacks after extended absences, along with the captivating knockout potential of Uriah Hall. In fact, the slate of fights is so good that bantamweight title contender Urijah Faber is on the preliminary card.
Let's take a look at the results as the fights unfold from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Fox Sports 1 Prelims
- Urijah Faber def. Alex Caceres, submission (Round 3, 1:09)
- Kenny Robertson def. Ildemar Alcantara, unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
- Bruno Santos def. Chris Camozzi, split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Rob Font def. George Roop, TKO (Round 1, 2:19)
UFC Fight Pass Prelims
- Luke Zachrich def. Guilherme Vasconcelos, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Kevin Casey def. Bubba Bush, TKO (Round 1, 1:01)
Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane (Bantamweight)
Russell Doane ruined Marcus Brimage's bantamweight debut Saturday night, improving to 2-0 in UFC with a split-decision victory.
Brimage certainly had his moments in the fight. That’s why at least one judge scored the fight in his favor. However, Doane’s ability to mix it up with Brimage both on the ground and in the stand-up department gave him the slightest of edges on two of the judges’ scorecards.
In January, The Young Punisher, who previously competed for the PXC and Tachi Palace Fights promotions, impressed with a technical-submission win against Leandro Issa in his UFC debut. A victory over Brimage, who hadn't fought in 15 months due to an Achilles injury, isn't going to majorly shake up the division, but it should earn the Hawaiian a top-15 bout.
Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione (Heavyweight)
Unfortunately, heavyweight Stefan Struve's long-awaited debut wasn't meant to be at UFC 175. According to Damon Martin of Fox Sports, the fight was pulled from the card due to Struve passing out prior to the fight due to an elevated heart rate.
Martin passed along the UFC's official statement:
Stefan Struve suffered a non-life-threatening, near-fainting spell backstage. Afterwards, the medical team did not feel he was fit to compete. With his health and safety in mind, he’s been removed from the card and is currently under the care of the medical staff. We will provide further updates as they become available.
While it's disappointing that Struve was unable to compete, the good news is that Ariel Helwani reported that the 26-year-old is in stable condition.
Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos (Middleweight)
After a couple of split-decision losses in 2013, including one against Kelvin Gastelum in "The Ultimate Fighter 17," Uriah Hall seems to be back on track. The 29-year-old Jamaican earned his second victory in a row, taking care of Thiago Santos via unanimous decision.
Of all the adjectives used to describe Hall, we can now add “tough” to the list. Hall managed to outpoint Santos on the feet despite a gruesome toe injury that limited his movement throughout the fight. Santos was able to hold his own in spots, but it was once again Hall’s impressive quickness and combinations that carried the day as he won the fight 29-28 on two scorecards and 30-27 on another.
Hall earned his first UFC win in December when he stopped Chris Leben. While it looked like he was in danger of being cut before that, he now has some important momentum and finally appears to be putting together his physical gifts and taking advantage of his immense talent.
It would be nice for him to keep focus and string together a couple more wins, but this is a man with tantalizing knockout power. This was an obvious step in the right direction as "Prime Time" looks to make some noise in the middleweight division.
Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis (Women's Bantamweight)
Ho-hum. Another title defense for Ronda Rousey, the most dominant women's fighter on the planet. "Rowdy" defeated Alexis Davis via first-round TKO, pushing her record to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in UFC.
The 27-year-old American won her first eight bouts with her famous arm-bar submission (with the first seven coming in the first round), and showed off her versatility with a first-round TKO of Sara McMann in February. This time, she wasted no time in throwing her opponent to the mat and raining down strikes until the referee had no choice but to call the beating to an end.
All in all, the fight lasted just 16 seconds.
Rousey is just untouchable at this point. Davis' ability to grapple had the potential to give the champ some problems, but she handled her opponent easily and further established her transcendence over the sport.
Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida
Chris Weidman remained undefeated and earned his second UFC middleweight title defense, defeating Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision. The champion took the fight on all three cards, 49-45, 48-47 and 49-46.
If there was any questions about Weidman's legitimacy as a UFC champion this fight should answer them. The All-American stood toe-to-toe with the best challenger in the middleweight division, took all he had to offer in stride and still came out on top.
Weidman is quickly making a case to be in the conversation for best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. He captured the world's attention with two impressive wins over the legendary Anderson Silva, and he continued that success against Machida, who had looked dangerous since his move to middleweight last year.
Vitor Belfort seems like the logical next hurdle for "The All-American," although it doesn't look like anyone will be knocking him from his pedestal anytime soon.