With the Figure Four/Wrestling Observer Convention out in Las Vegas for UFC 175, I’m at Mandalay Bay covering the show live. We’ll have play by play of all the fights including the full undercard.
My play by play might not be as detailed as usual because I’ll be blogging on a mobile device, but I’ll do the best I can.
Follow along our UFC 175 live coverage.
1. Bubba Bush Vs Kevin Casey
Bush came right at Casey and Casey stepped back and landed a counter left which put Bush down. Casey followed to the ground and finished him with elbows.
Winner: Kevin Casey by way of 1st round TKO
2. Guilherme Vasconcelos Vs Luke Zachrich
Zachrich looked good with his accuracy of strikes. Vasconcelos (who we’ll call Bomba) was throwing harder strikes, but was missing a lot.
More of the same for Zachrich who is using his overhand right very well.
Zachrich tried to vary his strikes more following up his right-left combo with a leg kick. Bomba picked it up with about a minute thirty left. He was trying to load up on his right hand to go for the knockout. I think it’s Zachrich’s fight.
Winner: Luke Zachrich by way of unanimous decision
The scores were 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
3. Rob Font Vs George Roop
There was a feeling out process early until Font connected on a wicked overhand right that made Roop nearly take a Flair flop. It was stopped soon thereafter.
Winner: Rob Font by way of 1st round TKO
4. Bruno Santos Vs Chris Camozzi
Camozzi landed the best punch of the first round and stood Santos up. He buckled, but locked him up against the cage and found his bearings.
Santos just got that round back. He got a big takedown and kept maneuvering for a submission even though he didn’t come close. But he had side control and was working for it. Camozzi got back to his feet but was taken down quickly again.
That was a rough two rounds to sit through. Santos took Camozzi down twice and kept him there for much of the round. I imagine Santos gets this one.
Winner:Bruno Santos by way of split decision
One just had it 29-28 for Camozzi.
5. Kenny Robertson Vs Ildemar Alcantara
Getting hard to stay awake here. Robertson took him down and kept him down for much of the round.
Yes, some action! Near 10-8 round for Robertson who got Alcantara down and was working punches from the top, elbows, and then a near stoppage from a kimura in side control.
Robertson’s going to easily win this decision. He kneed Alcantara low twice. He worked his ground and pound again, but got pushed down and hit hard right at the end of the bell.
Winner: Kenny Roberston by way of unanimous decision
All three judges had it 30-26 so he did get the 10-8.
6. Urijah Faber Vs Alex Caceres
Faber wins round one. He struggled to get him down, but when he did, he kept him down. Caceres has great hair tonight.
Closer round than the first. Caceres did a better job at keeping his distance so he could land strikes. But Faber was just dogged and kept working for it and got a couple.
Faber’s doggedness paid off. He got a big takedown which came after catching Caceres’ leg and hitting him, backing him up all the way back to the cage in the process. Faber then finished him with a choke.
Winner: Urijah Faber by way of 3rd round submission
7. Russell Doane Vs Marcus Brimage
Brimage was caught and taken down and Doane worked the rear naked choke like a heel would work a headlock in a pro wrestling match. Brimage tried to get out, was back in and they repeated that a few times.
(Stefan Struve supposedly blacked out in the back and his fight with Matt Mitrione is off.)
The second round was close and could be quite the determining round if Brimage can take the third.
The third was a battle of feints. I have no clue who won that round. As a whole, I’d give the fight to Doane.
Winner: Russell Doane by way of split decision
The scores were 29-28, 28-29, and 30-27.
8. Thiago Santos Vs Uriah Hall
Hall performed some of the flashiest sparring you’ll ever see for much if the round. He knocked Santos down once and then put on his best Anderson Silva impersonation for the rest of the round. He put his hands down and made Santos looks silly.
Hall is fighting with a broken toe. He fought well but wasn’t as explosive off the foot. Still tried some highlight reel kicks. Won the round, but not as easily.
No foot stomps from Santos even though the opportunity was there. Hall led most of the way, but Santos got him down and tried to finish with ground and pound. Hall should get the decision.
Winner: Uriah Hall by way of unanimous decision
The scores were 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28.
9. Alexis Davis Vs Ronda Rousey
Rousey’s walkout was tremendous. Davis looked like a scared puppy during hers.
Well. Ronda hit a knee in the clench, hip toss takeover, headlock and 20 punches to the head and it’s over.
Winner: Ronda Rousey by way of 1st round TKO
10. Lyoto Machida Vs Chris Weidman
It was a very interesting round. Weidman came out throwing leg kicks which made Machida quickly backpedal. Machida wasn’t able to create the space to strike as easily. Because of his quickness, he still landed some shots, but I’ll give the round to Weidman.
The rhythm was more Machida’s rhythm in the second. It was a very close round. Machida is landing one shot when he does and isn’t throwing many. Weidman is still more active, though I’m not sure he’s going to be able to chase him like this for 5. He scored a late takedown.
The third was Weidman’s best so far. He dominated it. He landed a takedown, he landed the best shots, and Machida’s face was mess. Weidman has paced himself nicely here.
That round was mostly Machida and his best round for sure. He was throwing a lead left that was landing. He was throwing a left body kick that was landing. Weidman looks tired.
There’s no loser in this fight. Incredible performance by both guys. Machida looked to be the fresher of the two, but Weidman stayed in there and traded. He landed a knee and elbow that staggered Machida. He took him down and went for the choke. Flattened him out but Machida put up a fight. They slugged it out to the finish.
Winner: Chris Weidman by unanimous decision
The scores were 48-47, 49-46, and 49-45.