The punches were flying at UFC Fight Night 36 on Feb. 15, and after the dust settled, Lyoto had outfoxed his opponent and given himself a potential shot at the middleweight title belt.
Lyoto Machida Defeats Gerard Mousasi On UFC Fight Night 36
Judges awarded the middleweight contender with scores of 50-45, 50-45, and 49-46 after he controlled the bout and landed fierce blows on Mousasi with several left head kicks.
Now after dominating on Fight Night, Machida has his sights set on the middleweight title, and he very well may get a shot at whoever wins the UFC title fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort in May.
“I obviously would like to get the champ,” Machida told ESPN after the match. “It’s up to the UFC. President [Dana White] has to decide who I’ll get.”
Machida seemed to get stronger as the fight went on, picking up his pace in the later rounds with kicks to the body and one heavy kick to the head in particular. And just when it seemed that Mousasi was staging a comeback, Machida put him on the ropes once again by changing his approach. In one of the final blows, Machida landed a kick that opened a cut on the bridge of Mousasi’s nose.
“He’s a great fighter, he’s a real champ,” Machida said about his opponent. “I wanted to finish it another way, but I was able to get the points.”
— Andrew Gruttadaro