Welcome to FiveKnuckles.com live, blow-by-blow coverage of UFC 123: "Rampage vs. Machida” presented by Yahoo UFC PPV.
Tonight's card is coming to you live from The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan and features a spectacular line up of fights. In the main event, two former champions with drastically contrasting styles collide when Quinton "Rampage" Jackson takes on Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida. Also on the card, two of the greatest UFC champions ever will do battle to settle the score after splitting their first two contests. The rubber match between Matt Hughes and BJ Penn is expected to be a war. The event rounds out with exciting fights from top to bottom so stay with us for every round of the action.
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UFC 123 QUICK RESULTS:
Tyson Griffin vs. Nik Lentz - Lentz wins by split decision
Paul Kelly vs. TJ O'Brien - Kelly wins by TKO (elbows) at 3:16 of round 2.
Edson Barboza vs. Mike Lullo - Barboza wins by TKO (leg kicks) at :26 of round 2.
Karo Parisyan vs. Dennis Hallman - Hallman wins by TKO (punches) at 1:27 of round 1.
Aaron Simpson vs. Mark Munoz - Munoz wins by unanimous decision.
Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster - Foster wins by submission (guillotine) at 2:11 of round 2.
George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon - Sotiropoulos wins by submission (kimura) at 2:43 of round 2.
Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch - Davis wins by submission (kimura) at 2:55 of round 2.
Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao - Falcao wins by unanimous decision.
Matt Hughes vs. BJ Penn - Penn wins by KO at :21 of round 1.
Quinton Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida - Jackson wins by split decision.
MAIN CARD BLOW BY BLOW
Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch
round 1- Davis is enjoying a small advantage on their feet then ties up Boetsch and drives him to the floor. Boetsch gets it to half guard but Davis is scoring with big punches to the body then some short elbows to the head. Boetsch is trying to close the space between them but Davis continues to punish him until the round ends in a strong 10-9.
round 2- Davis charges and drives Boetsch to the cage. Boetsch is battling while they trade some clinch shots then Davis drops for a double leg. Boetsch nearly locks up a guillotine but Davis pulls his head free and grabs a Boetsch arm. First it's an arm bar then transitions to a kimura and Boetsch is in trouble. Davis has the arm locked up with wrist control and it's bending behind Boetsch's back until he taps.
final result- Davis wins by submission (kimura) at 2:55 of round 2.
Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao
round 1- Harris throws a wild left and misses by a lot then lands a decent right jab, then another. Falcao is moving forward but has yet to throw at 2 minutes in. Harris lands another jab then Falcao lands a body kick. With 2 minutes remaining the Detroit crowd is getting impatient. They engage and Falcao lands a super-fast flurry and...