The UFC 123 results had a share of notable outcomes last night. But the main UFC 123 results were for BJ Penn vs Matt Hughes 3, and Rampage vs Machida. These headlining matches pit some of the sport’s biggest names against each other in one fell swoop. However, one of these bouts was over in a hurry, while another went to a split decision. In the end, UFC 123 had BJ Penn vs Matt Hughes 3 end decisively for Penn, while Rampage vs Machida went to the wire.
Penn and Hughes had split their last two matches, with Penn getting a submission in 2004, and Hughes claiming revenge with a TKO in 2006. Four years later, the two met one last time, with Penn trying to snap a two-match losing streak, and Hughes having won three in a row.
But the headline match of the UFC 123 results turned out quite differently for both fighters. BJ Penn vs Matt Hughes 3 was decided in 21 seconds, as Penn knocked Hughes down with one big right hand. The bout was as one-sided as it was brief, with Hughes nearly unconsciousness after the blow.
Beforehand, fans in the Palace of Auburn Hills had been spoiled by the Rampage vs Machida thriller. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson lost his first fight after filming The A-Team to Rashad Evans, and looked to rebound against fellow former champion Lyoto Machida.
This became the most controversial of the results, as it went to the scorecards. Although Machida seemed to have the advantage at the end, he lost a split decision. All three cards were 29-28, with Jackson getting the advantage in two of them.
Before BJ Penn vs Matt Hughes 3, and before Rampage vs Machida, the two winners appeared to be on a downslide. Yet Penn returned to the form that made him a welterweight champion, in a more destructive form than ever before. As for Jackson, the former light heavyweight champion showed more weakness, but survived in a valuable statement win.
The rest of the UFC 123 results on the main card were more decisive. Maiquel Falcao had a convincing unanimous decision over Gerald Harris, although he came close to ending it early. Phil Davis did take down Tim Boetsch in a second round submission, just as George Sotiropoulos did against Joe Lauzon.
With the hype of UFC 123 dying down, the countdown is now on for UFC 124, as it heads all the way to Montreal.
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