On Saturday, July 5, the UFC hosted UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s middleweight title was be on the line as champion Chris Weidman squared off with former lightweight heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Weidman captured the belt with a stunning knockout of Anderson Silva at UFC 162, and then retained the title in their rematch at UFC 168. The Brazilian Machida, meanwhile, had picked up back-to-back wins at 185 pounds: a knockout of Mark Munoz and a decision win over Gegard Mousasi.

The night’s co-main event also featured UFC gold on the line as women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey looked to continue her dominance at 135 pounds as she faced off with Canadian Alexis Davis. Rousey was last in action at UFC 170, scoring her first TKO win over Sara McMann. Davis rode the momentum of a five-fight winning streak into the title affair, including three straight inside the Octagon.

Rounding out the main card was a middleweight contest between Uriah Hall and Thiago Santos and a bantamweight battle featuring Marcus Brimage and Russell Doane.

A heavyweight clash between Matt Mitrione and Stefan Struve was canceled after Struve blacked out during pre-fight warm-ups and was taken to the hospital.

The 10-fight card kicked off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET with two fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 on at 8 p.m. ET, with the pay-per-view main card beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

Main Card Summary

Middleweight champion Chris Weidman outlasted former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, earning a unanimous decision and retaining his 185-pound title. Weidman opened the fight moving forward and throwing kicks. The pressure prevented the Brazilian Machida from finding his rhythm. It was more of the same in round two until Weidman scored a late takedown and pinned Machida against the fence. Round three was the most dominant frame for the champion as he scored with multiple takedowns and opened a big cut on Machida’s forehead with a right hand. Machida bounced back in round four, taking the center of the cage and scoring with heavy left hands. The Brazilian continued to look for the finish with a series of body kicks. The fifth and final round saw Weidman regain the momentum early, as he scored with a nasty elbow over the top. However, in the waning seconds, Machida went for broke, unloading on Weidman along the fence. It wasn’t enough though, as Weidman kept his belt with the decision win.

Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey continued her dominance over the 135-pound division, destroying Canadian Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds. Rousey connected with a big overhand right just seconds into the contest and quickly tossed Davis to the mat. From the scarf hold position, Rousey delivered nine consectutive right hands and Davis went limp.

Middleweight Uriah Hall suffered a nasty broken toe on his right foot in the first round of his fight with Thiago Santos, but he managed to earn a unanimous decision win. The pair traded a variety of kicks in the opening frame. As the round progressed, Hall became more comfortable with his hands, stalking his Brazilian foe around the cage. Santos opened the second stanza firing more leg kicks, but Hall walked right through them. Surprisingly, Hall continued to throw kicks despite his toe injury. Hall’s forward march did not slow in the final frame, as he continued to stalk Santos. Santos scored with a late takedown and ended the fight on top, but it wasn’t enough, as Hall took the win on the scorecards.

Kicking off the main card, bantamweight Russell Doane took home a hard-fought split decision over Marcus Brimage. Doane used his hands to close the distance and secure a takedown in the first round. The Hawaiian took Brimage’s back and threatened with a rear-naked choke. Brimage was able to escape late in the frame. Brimage came out throwing kicks in round two, slowing Doane’s advance. Doane again took Brimage to the mat and took his back, but Brimage was able to get back to his feet much more quickly. Brimage continued to score with his kicks throughout the final round, but it was Doane that earned the nod on two of the judges’ scorecards.

Preliminary Card Summary

Former title challenger Urijah Faber used his superior grappling to submit Alex Caceres in the third round. Faber quickly took the fight to the mat and softened up Caceres with short punches and elbows in the opening round. Faber looked to do the same in round two, but Caceres was able to bounce back to his feet and make the fight interesting. In round three, Faber capitalized on a mistake by Caceres, taking his back and quickly slapping on the fight-finishing rear-naked choke.

Welterweight Kenny Robertson used an aggressive mix of striking, takedowns and submission attempts to dominant Ildemar Alcantara over the course of three rounds. Robertson quickly got the fight to the ground and looked to set up a d’arce choke, but the Brazilian Alcantara was wise to it. In round two, Robertson put Alcantara on his back again and looked to attack with a kimura. It allowed him to pass to side control and rain elbows, before mounting Alcantara and battering him with punches. Alcantara scored a takedown in the final frame, but Robertson reversed the position and continued his dominance from the top.

Brazilian middleweight Bruno Santos used a smothering takedown game to eke out a split decision over veteran Chris Camozzi. Camozzi used his height and reach advantage well in the first round, preventing Santos from securing a takedown. In the second round, Santos caught a knee from Camozzi and took the fight to mat. Santos twice passed to side control, but Camozzi defended well and opened up the Brazilian with elbows. Round three mirrored round two, as Santos kept top position and convinced two judges to give him the win.

After initially struggling to overcome a massive reach disadvantage, bantamweight newcomer Rob Font electrified the Las Vegas crowd with a brutal, first-round knockout of veteran George Roop. Roop controlled the range early, keeping Font at bay. However, Font loaded up on a big right hand that connected flush with Roop’s jaw and sent him crashing to the mat at the 2:19 mark.

Luke Zachrich picked up his first UFC win with a dominant decision win over Brazilian Guilherme Vasconcelos. Zachrich used his boxing and footwork to frustrate Vasconcelos from the opening bell. Vasconcelos failed multiple times to get the fight to the mat, while Zachrich cruised to the clear-cut victory on the scorecards.

TUF 17 veteran Kevin Casey also earned his first UFC win with a dominant perfomance against fellow middleweight William “Bubba” Bush. Casey dropped Bush just 10 seconds into the fight with a massive left hand. Casey followed Bush to the mat and unleashed a barrage of elbows that forced the referee to intervene just 61 seconds into the contest.

FULL RESULTS
Chris Weidman def. Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision (49-45, 48-47, 49-46) – for middleweight title
Ronda Rousey def. Alexis Davis by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:16 – for women’s bantamweight title
Uriah Hall def. Thiago Santos by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Russell Doane def. Marcus Brimage by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Urijah Faber def. Alex Caceres by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 1:09
Kenny Robertson def. Ildemar Alcantara by unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
Bruno Santos def. Chris Camozzi by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Rob Font def. George Roop by knockout (punch). Round 1, 2:19
Luke Zachrich def. Guilherme Vasconcelos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kevin Casey def. William “Bubba” Bush by TKO (elbows). Round 1, 1:01