BJ Penn knocks out Matt Hughes in twenty-one seconds at UFC 123. The crowd at The Palace of Auburn Hills Michigan cheered for BJ Penn. The crowd in the local sports bar jumped up excited about the quick knockout. UFC 123 had a touch of everything. There was a split decision in the co-main event. There was a boring fight, there were submissions and (most importantly) the prodigy knocked out one of the all-time great UFC fighters in the Welterweight division. BJ Penn still has a little fight left in his UFC career. Matt Hughes is likely to retire into the sunset.
The Main Card
BJ Penn Knocks Out Matt Hughes In Twenty-One Seconds
This is the type of fight UFC fans want to see. The Palace of Auburn Hills Michigan was a pro-Penn crowd. They cheered loudly when BJ Penn stepped into the ring. The fans in the sports bar also cheered loudly for Penn. BJ Penn stormed after Hughes landing a flurry of punches. Penn knocks Hughes down to the mat with a huge right and pounds him out with four punches with Hughes unable to defend himself. The ref steps in and stops the fight. Penn is pumped up after the fight. Hughes congratulates Penn and they both say niceties to each other. Penn may have just have sent Matt Hughes into retirement. BJ Penn takes the first step to winning his championship belt back.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson wins a split decision over Lyoto Machida at UFC 123
Round One-Machida stays away from Quinton “Rampage” Jackson the best he can. He lands kicks to the legs of Rampage and moves away from his punches. Rampage swings wildly and misses the punches. Rampage clinches Machida against the fence. Rampage lands a good combo with ten seconds left in round one to take the round.
Round Two-Machida lands some knees to the body of Rampage. Rampage takes Machida down to the mat. Machida uses the cage to get back to his feet. Rampage misses a right hook, but lands an uppercut to the body. Machida lands a knee; Rampage lands a hard uppercut that gets Machida’s attention. Machida lands a knee near the end of round two that means nothing. Rampage wins another round. He has learned the way to beat Machida is to control him with power.
Round Three-Rampage lands a weak combination near the start of the round. Machida gets away from Rampage’s punches and lands a thunderous left that gets Rampage’s attention. Machida lands knees to the body and head, while Rampage misses with wild punches. Machida takes Rampage to the ground and manages to get full mount with ninety seconds left in the fight. Machida controls round three and wins it easily. He did all of his best damage in round three. The problem is Rampage wins the first two rounds. The judges give the split decision to Rampage. This fight yearns for a rematch. Machida suffers his second loss in a row.
Maiquel Falcao defeats Gerald Harris in a boring unanimous decision
There wasn’t much to this fight. Maiquel Falcao won the fight, but it was boring. This is that fight where you take a siesta. You sit in the sports bar with your friends, drink your beer and eat your food. You glance at the screen wondering who these two boring fighters are and hope the fight ends quickly. Falcao won this fight, but he didn’t endear himself to the fans or UFC President Dana White. Don’t look for these two to be on a main card any time in the near future.
Phil Davis Defeats Tim Boetsch via Submission (Kimora in the second round)
Phil Davis schooled Tim Boetsch throughout this fight. He dominated Boetsch in the first round with his wrestling. He controlled the round and Tim Boetsch did nearly nothing to score points. This match was a mismatch from the start. In the second round, Boetsch tried to control Davis as the fans in The Palace of Auburn Hills Michigan boos. Phil Davis gets away and takes Tim Boetsch to the ground, quickly taps him out with a Kimora. Phil Davis wins with a submission of Tim Boetsch.
George Sotiropolous Defeats Joe Lauzon via Submission (Kimora in the second round)
The fight lasted two rounds. The first round was a pretty competitive round. The two fighters went back and forth. Lauzon may have slightly won the round. Lauzon kept Sotiropolous from taking him down and landed some good elbows to the head of Sotiropolous. Sotiropolous finally got Lauzon down on the mat, but Lauzon reversed and took advantage of Sotiropolous on the ground.
Round two was a different story, Lauzon came out tired and Sotiropolous gave him some good knees to think about. Sotiropolous took Lauzon down, got side control and put Lauzon in a Kimora. Lauzon was forced to tap out. Sotiropolous wins the match by submission over Lauzon.
Brian Foster Defeats Matt Brown via submission (guillotine choke)
Mark Munoz Defeats Aaron Simpson via Unanimous Decision
Dennis Hallman Defeats Karo Parisyan via first-round TKO
Edson Barboza Defeats Mike Lullo via third-round TKO
Paul Kelly Defeats T.J. O’Brien via second-round TKO
Nik Lentz Defeats Tyson Griffin via split decision
The local sports bar was crowded awaiting UFC 123 Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida and BJ Penn vs. Matt Hughes. The crowd cheered as BJ Penn knocked out Matt Hughes in twenty-one seconds of the first round. The crowd left the local sports bar wondering when the rematch between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida would occur. Thirty-seven year old Matt Hughes will surely be contemplating retirement after this incredible defeat at the hands of the prodigy. BJ Penn lets the whole MMA world know he still has some fight left in his UFC fighting career. Watch out lightweight division, watch out UFC the prodigy is back.