UFC 123 lived up to the hype this time, as almost every bout provided fans with hard hits and solid MMA action. The Palace at Auburn Hills in Detroit was rocking Saturday night as UFC’s stable of MMA fighters ground, pounded, and submitted to the delight of the crowd. Headlining the night’s UFC 123 results Rampage Jackson and BJ Penn were both winners on the UFC 123 co-main card.
Rampage Beats Machido in Controversial Decision
Quentin “Rampage” Jackson beat Lyoto Machida in a controversial split decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 in the main card of UFC 123. It was a good tactical fight through a round and a half with Rampage on the offensive and Machida dancing and clinching as necessary. Jackson finally got a takedown late in the second and nailed Machida with an uppercut that stunned him. Machida finally showed some real aggression in the third round, and he hurt Jackson with a headkick at one point. But Jackson shook it off and landed a couple of strikes of his own before they went down to the mat for the last 45 seconds of the fight. But it was too little too late for Lyoto Machida as the judges gave the bout to Jackson in a tight 2-1 decision.
Penn TKOs Hughes in First Round
BJ Penn wasted no time in making his claim for another shot at Georges St Pierre and the welterweight championship belt (although he will likely have to get through Jon Fitch first). He stunned the UFC 123 crowd with his first round technical knockout of Matt Hughes just 21 seconds into the fight. It was an action-filled twenty seconds as Hughes came out swinging, but it only took six punches from Penn before the ref stepped in to call it, as Hughes was already out on his feet. BJ Penn redeems himself after two straight losses to Frankie Edgar in the lightweight division.
Davis Submits Boetsch in Second Round
Phil Davis beat Tim Boetsch by submission in the second round of their light-heavyweight bout. In a fight he clearly controlled Davis caught Boetsch in in an arm lock in the second, and then locked him down against the floor and pulled his arm sharply behind his back. It was too much to take for Boetsch, who submitted at 2:55 in the second round.
Falcao Beats Harris in Unanimous Decision
Brazilian UFC first-timer Maiquel Falcao (26-3) managed a win to begin his UFC career, but it was not an exciting fight. He beat Gerald Harris 29-27, 29-28, 29-28. but it was a slow fight with a lot of movement and clinching but not much real action. Spoiled by the hard-hitting earlier action the crowd began booing in the third when the fighters continued to stay defensive.
Sotiropoulos Gets Lauzon Submission in the Second Round
George Sotiropoulos moves to 7-0 with a strong performance in beating Joe Lauzon intheir bout at UFC 123. Lauzon looked strong in the first and landed several hard strikes, but he was gassed by the end of the round. It didn’t take long in the second before Sotiropoulos had Lauzon locjed down on the ground and was pounding him unmercifully. Lauzon submitted at 2:43 of the second round.
Munoz Beats Simpson in Decision
Mark Munoz beat Aaron Simpson by decision (29-28 on all cards) in the UFC 123 middleweight bout. It was a close match throughout, with both fighters effectively nullifying each other’s attacks. But Munoz looked better with his stand up work through most of the fight and that was the difference in points. Simpson did score a takedown just 25 seconds into the third round, but it was quickly reversed by Munoz, and Munoz managed to get off some hard punches to the head in the exchange. Simpson appeared to be tiring a little by the end of the third round, and that was the difference as he simply couldn’t get through to Munoz to catch up.
Foster Submits Brown in 2nd Round in UFC 123 Welterweight Match
Brian Foster won a hard-hitting welterweight fight with Matt Brown via submission at UFC 123. The first round was action-packed, but nobody was really hurt; however, words were exchanged between rounds. After a low blow to start the round, Brown tried a high snap kick that Foster managed to catch and use to throw Brown down to the mat. Foster expeditiously worked around into a guillotine hold, with Brown submitting quickly at 2:11 in the second round.
UFC 123 Undercard Results
Paul Kelly TKOed T.J. O’Brien in the second round in a fast paced fight. Edson Barboza (7-0) pounded hard kicks to the leg of Mike Lullo (8-2) to earn a TKO at :26 of the third round when Lullo was almost immobilized with his injured leg. In the first fight of the night for UFC 123 Nick Lentz beat Tyson Griffin in a split decision, 29-28, 27-30 and 29-28, but it was another controversial decision as it appeared that Griffin had dominated most of the fight.
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