Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson are fighting for a title shot at UFC 157 on Saturday night. - Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
This is the UFC 157 live blog for Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson, a light heavyweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Machida, who has lost three of his past five fights, will face Henderson, who has won four of his past five fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC 157 live blog below.
Round 1: Herb Dean is the referee. The fighters touch gloves. Henderson throws a couple low kicks. Machida throws a high kick. Henderson connects with a low kick and charges in, but Machida scampers to safety. Machida throws a high kick and misses, Henderson connects on another low kick. Machida scampers backwards every time Henderson moves forward. Two minutes left. Machida lands a two-punch combo. Henderson with a low kick and he feigns a big right hand. They exchange in close and Henderson misses with a left. Hendo clinches Machida and lands a couple knees before Machida escapes. Another clinch, but Machida trips him and is about to land an elbow as the horn sounds.
MMA Fighting scores the round for Lyoto Machida, 10-9.
Round 2: Another clinch. Henderson lands a knee and throws a right hand which doesn’t connect. Henderson gets the better of another exchange, landing with a shot to the backpedaling Machida’s jaw. Henderson throws a low kick, Machida catches him with a knee coming in. Machida catches Henderson with a jab as the latter moves forward. Henderson threatens with the right hand, which is enough to send Machida scampering out of harm’s way. They clinch and Hendo lands a left. Machida with a low kick. Henderson appears to have a welt under his right eye. Henderson pushes forward late and lands a couple lefts.
MMA Fighting scores the round for Dan Henderson, 10-9 (19-19 overall).
Round 3: The fighters touch gloves. More of the same here, with Henderson pressing forward and Machida staying out of range. Henderson gets a takedown a bit over a minute in. Machida has him tied up. Henderson landing lefts to the obliques. Hendo’s trying to work into side control. Just under two minutes left and they both scramble to their feet. Machida connects with a low kick. One minute left. Henderson circling to the outside. Machida lands a front kick and then solid kick to the torso. Fight ends.
MMA Fighting scores the round for Dan Henderson, 10-9 (29-28 overall).
Lyoto Machida def. Dan Henderson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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