On Saturday, June 27, the UFC touched down in Hollywood, but it was not the state of California. Instead, the UFC stopped by Hollywood Florida for UFC Fight Night 70.

UFC Fight Night 70 featured a main event that MMA fans all over were happy about: Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero.

Machida, who came into Fight Night 70 ranked number four in the division, looked to bounce back from his loss to Luke Rockhold. The loss was a big one because Rockhold has since gone on to get a title shot against Chris Weidman, but Machida looked to show that it was just a bump in the road for one of the best fighters in the UFC.

Yoel Romero, who came into the fight on a five fight win streak, was coming into UFC Fight Night 70 trying to show that he deserves to be in the top five and in title contention. He came into the fight ranked sixth in the division and knew that with a win over a big name like Machida; he would prove that he does deserve to be in the discussion.

Other than the five round middleweight battle between Machida and Romero, there was a very good welterweight fight between Santiago Ponzinibbio and Lorenz Larkin, a middleweight bout between Antonio Carlos Junior and Eddie Gordon, another middleweight fight between Thiago Santos and Steve Bosse, and a featherweight scrap between Hacran Dias and Levan Makashvili.

Main Card Summary

Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero

Round 1: Both fighters came out and showed good respect by touching gloves and then the fight was on. Neither fighter really took the title as aggressor at the beginning as both fighters were feeling each other out. Machida was using his typical movement throughout the round and was landing a very effective lead leg kick on Romero. Romero was hunting down Machida throughout the round and caught Machida with a good shot that looked to rock Machida just a little. No one really stole the round and both fighters mainly just felt each other out for round two.

Round 2: Round two was a lot of the same from round one. Both fighters started the round feeling each other out again and trying to find their range. Machida was moving well, but Romero was still the aggressor during the round. Romero then started to find his range better. Romero then landed a left hand that hurt Machida and he kept pushing forward. Machida recovered quickly, but Romero was still landing some solid shots. At the end of the round, Romero jumped off the cage and caught Machida with some nice shots to end it.

Round 3: The round started slow again, but Romero was still the aggressor like he was in rounds one and two. Romero kept pushing forward and was landing some solid shots again. He then took Machida down and within seconds of taking Machida down he started to throw elbows and punches. The elbows did not go through at first, but he landed one solid one, and then he landed a bunch in a row. The referee had to step in and Machida was out of it. Romero got up and celebrated his TKO victory over Lyoto Machida

Yoel Romero def. Lyoto Machida by KO (strikes) Round 3 (1:38)

Lorenz Larkin vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Round 1: Both fighters started fast and were throwing strikes trying to find their range right away. Larkin seemed to be the fighter who found his better as he was landing some very good shots. Larkin went on a quick blitz and landed some good shots early. Larkin was landing his leg kicks that he was throwing and seemed to be winning all the early exchanges. Larkin kept attacking the lead leg of Ponzinibbio. Ponzinibbio shot for a single leg takedown, but Larkin defended well. Larkin ended the round with a leg kick followed by a nice uppercut.

Round 2: The action in the second round started quickly as both fighters decided they were going to try and go for a kill shot. Larkin started to land whatever he wanted and was really getting into a rhythm. They started to trade again, but Larkin was winning the battles. Ponzinibbio was landing some solid shots as well, but Larkin seemed to always land the better one. He ended up rocking Ponzinibbio and then just kept going and going. Larkin had the killer instinct and Ponzinibbio was no longer defending himself. The referee stepped in and Larkin walked away with a TKO victory.

Lorenz Larkin def. Santiago Ponzinibbio by TKO (punches) Round 2 (3:07)

Eddie Gordon vs. Antonio Carlos Junior

Round 1: They both came out fast and started aggressive. Gordon’s body type looked great, but it did not matter when Carlos Junior took him down shortly after the round started. The round then bounced from Carlos Junior controlling Gordon on the ground and doing nothing to Gordon getting up and controlling Carlos Junior against the cage. Carlos Junior then reversed Gordon and was controlling him on the ground until he took Gordon down once again. Carlos Junior then landed some big elbows once he had Gordon on the ground. Carlos Junior then started to work his ground and pound very effectively and ended the round dominating Gordon.

Round 2: The second round started slow with both fighters missing most of the shots they through. Gordon was really struggling to find his range. He caught Carlos Junior with a nice shot shortly after he was struggling, but it did not really hurt him. Gordon then shot for a takedown, but was unsuccessful. Both fighters started to throw punches once again, but neither seemed to really connect. Carlos Junior then shot for a takedown and secured it with about a minute left. Carlos Junior was landing some good ground and pound and ended the round rolling for a submission before the time ran out.

Round 3: Gordon came out looking like he believed to be down two rounds. He was throwing wild shots and looking for the KO, but Carlos Junior was moving out of the ay of every shot. Carlos Junior realized that Gordon was going to keep throwing wild so he clinched up with him. Gordon then flipped the clinch and controlled Carlos Junior against the cage. They split up, but Carlos Junior shot for a takedown immediately and secured it. Carlos Junior then transitioned to the full back mount and was looking for the rear naked choke finish. It took a little time, but Carlos Junior was able to lock it in and end the fight.

Antonio Carlos Junior def. Eddie Gordon by submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3 (4:37)

Steve Bosse vs. Thiago Santos

Round 1: The fight started out with both fighters trying to find their range. Santos was throwing some kicks and were landing hard and then he threw a head kick that connected and connected hard. It KO’d Bosse and Santos did not even try to throw another shot. He walked right past the KO’d Bosse and celebrated his KO victory.
Thiago Santos def. Steve Bosse by KO (head kick) Round 1 (0:29)

Hacran Dias vs. Levan Makashvili

Round 1: The fight started out with both fighters exchanging leg kicks. Makashvili then landed a very solid counter right. Dias started to show that he was the aggressor in the round. He was pushing forward and throwing different strikes. Nothing really was landing for I’m though. Makashvili was having trouble finding his range, but he was landing some kicks here and there. Makashvili then landed a nice right hand and started to heat up. Dias then shot in on Makashvili and secured a takedown with about thirty seconds left in the round. He rode Makashvili out to the sound of the round ending.

Round 2: Makashvili started the round fast and threw a fury of strikes. He landed a couple of them and then shot and secured a takedown. Dias then worked for a kimura and transitioned to an arm bar. It looked like he as going to get it, but then he switched to take Makashvili’s back. Makashvili kept his composer and got out of the position, but got right into another dangerous spot with Dias looking for a triangle. The triangle was deep, but Makashvili slammed his way out of it. They stood up and started to exchange a little until Dias shot and secured another takedown. Dias did not really do much and they stood back up, but before the round ended he secured another takedown on Makashvili.

Round 3: The round started out with Makashvili hitting Dias in the groin. After a short stoppage they got back to it. Makashvili started to land some good combinations and kept the pressure up. The fight then slowed down a lot as both fighters kept trying to take one another down. They were unsuccessful in doing so. The fans were booing and both fighters seemed to be tired. Makashvili landed a takedown towards the end of the round and ended the round on top of Dias.

Hacran Dias def. Levan Makashvili by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Full Results

FOX Sports 1 Main Card

Yoel Romero def. Lyoto Machida by KO (strikes) Round 3 (1:38)

Lorenz Larkin def. Santiago Ponzinibbio by TKO (punches) Round 2 (3:07)

Antonio Carlos Junior def. Eddie Gordon by submission (rear-naked choke) Round 3 (4:37)

Thiago Santos def. Steve Bosse by KO (head kick) Round 1 (0:29)

Hacran Dias def. Levan Makashvili by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

FOX Sports 2 Prelims

Alex Oliveira def. Joe Merritt by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Leandro Silva def. Lewis Gonzalez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)

Tony Sims def. Steve Montgomery by TKO (punches) Round 1 (2:43)

Sirwan Kakai def. Danny Martinez by unamious decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)