Chris Weidman was able to go the distance and defeat Lyoto Machida, but the middleweight champion was having a hard time remembering the 25 minute fight.
"I was just in the moment," said Weidman post-fight. "It's hard to think about it right now. I probably was [hurt], but I can't remember right now. He is tough as nails and an awesome fighter."
In the main event of UFC 175, which served as part of the July 4th weekend festivities, Weidman controlled Machida for most of the fight. Machida relied on his feet to damage the body of Weidman. The champ used elbows to cut the Brazilian open and secured over five takedowns. "The Dragon" put up a fight and wobbled Weidman on a few occasions.
Weidman won the belt by knocking out Anderson Silva last year and then beating him in the subsequent rematch. The middleweight champ is 12-0 and Machida was the first person to make him go the distance in a championship fight.
Machida is a former UFC light heavyweight champion. He's 2-1 since dropping down to middleweight last October.
"The plan was to keep the fight standing," said Machida post-fight. "He is a true champion and deserving of having the title."
UFC 175 came from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV on July 5. For detailed results of the main card, please click here.
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