Lyoto Machida picked up a split decision over Eryk Anders in the UFC Belem main event.
In the UFC Belem main event, the UFC’s #13 middleweight Lyoto Machida defeated Eryk Anders with a hard fought split decision. This snaps a three-fight losing streak for Machida, and it looks like the former light heavyweight champ can still move around and can still take a punch. In his post-fight interview with Paul Felder, Machida called out the former middleweight king Michael Bisping.
Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders by Split Decision (49-46, 48-47, 47-48): Middleweight
Tons of respect was displayed over the 1st minute of the bout, with Anders slowly pressing forward. Machida attacked with a thudding leg kick that dropped Anders, giving Machida the top position. Machida kicked away at the legs of the downed athlete before leaping in with a big punch. The space gave Anders just enough room for him to return to his feet, but the undefeated fighter was unable to mount much offense before the closing of the opening round.
Machida returned to the leg kick that found him success in the 1st round, but ate a massive southpaw cross from Anders as a result. Anders was unable to seize the moment, allowing Machida to recover and get on his bike. A whole lot of measuring was going on after each man felt the power of the other and neither man wanted to make a mistake. Anders finished up the round with a flurry, but Machida was keen enough to escape harms way.
Anders realized an early takedown in the 3rd round, and proceeded to bust up Machida as he stood back to his feet. Machida was leaking from the face thanks to a well timed knee from Anders. Anders ate a leaping cross from Machida, but it appeared to have minimal effect on the former college football standout. A long left hand touched Machida again and Anders immediately shot for a takedown, albeit unsuccessfully.
Machida came out firing to jump start the 4th frame, but Anders wore the damage rather well and continued to press forward. Anders chased down his opponent, causing Machida to briefly fall to the ground before controlling him against the cage.
A big leg kick landed for Machida to open up the final round, but Anders continued with his forward pressure. The elusiveness of Machida was prevalent late in the fight as he was able to avoid the big power of his opponent, making Anders look sloppy and wild at times. Anders came up with a last minute takedown, but machida quickly stood back to his feet and the middleweights slugged it out for the final seconds of the fight.
Look at this huge left land for Anders:
That left of Anders is no joke:
— UFC (@ufc) February 4, 2018
Big knee cuts up Lyoto Machida:
That Eryk Anders knee though….whew. #UFCBelem https://t.co/3rpBN4kyy4
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