Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Middleweight champion Chris Weidman retained his title Saturday against Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision at UFC 175 at Mandalay Bay Events Center .
Machida opened the fight circling the cage in the first round and looking for opportunities to counter but Weidman scored with right hands.
Weidman scored a takedown with just under a minute left in the second and gave Machida some ground-and-pound.
Early in the third round, Weidman secured a takedown and tagged Machida multiple times in the stand-up department.
With Machida’s face bloodied and battered, Weidman once again went to work on the ground.
Machida turned the fight around in the fourth, rallying behind a clean left hand that stunned Weidman and opened up more and more scoring opportunities as the round carried on.
The fifth and final frame gave fans fireworks as both combatants looked to earn the finish. However, it was Weidman who highlighted the round with a timely takedown.
Judges Chris Lee, Marcos Rosales and Glenn Trowbridge scored the bout 49-45, 48-47 and 49-46, respectively, for Weidman.
The 30-year-old All-American improved his perfect record to 12-0 while Machida fell to 21-5.