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UFC Fight Night 36 live blog: Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi

Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi square off in the UFC Fight Night 36 main event.
Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi square off in the UFC Fight Night 36 main event.
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This is the UFC Fight Night 36 live blog for Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.

Machida, who has won three of his last five fights, will face Mousasi, who is 6-0-1 in his past seven fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 36 live blog below.

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Round 1:
The referee in charge of the action is Mario Yamasaki. Machida opens southpaw with Mousasi in orthodox. Mousasi lands minimal outside leg kick. Hard body kick for Machida finds the mark as does a quick inside leg kick. Hard outside leg kick lands for Mousasi and he dodges a blitz from the Brazilian. Good counter left hand for Machida as Mousasi tried to press in.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Machida

Round 2: Machida kicks off the second round with a thudding body kick. He also lands a decent inside leg kick. Another body kick scores for Machida. Mousasi closes the distance and eats a hard right hand. Machida lands a head kick, but somehow Mousasi catches it, yet can't turn it into a takedown. Mousasi manages to land a few right hands in close as he traps Machida and another one-two. Two inside leg kicks score for Mousasi. Mousasi seemingly attempts a takedown, but it's easily stopped. Mousasi ends on an outside leg kick.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Machida

Round 3: Decent body kick for Machida opens the round. Mousasi attempts a single and can't get it, so they clinch. Hard lead left lands for Machida and now he's doing the stalking. Spinning back kick seems to land for Machida, too, but Mousasi shrugs it off. Two head kicks attempted and partially landed for Machida. Mousasi connects with a left hook on the end of a combination, but Machida counters with a knee to the body. Machida reaches for a double, but Mousasi locks up a standing guillotine and the Brazilian separates.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Machida

Round 4: Mousasi manages to score on a double, but Machida fights it off long enough in a scramble to get back to his feet. Outside leg kick lands for Mousasi. Machida switches stance and plants Mousasi on the mat with a foot sweep. Mousasi uses butterfly guard to sweep to the left side and is now working in Machida's closed guard. Machida manages a reversal of his own and lands an inadvertent but illegal upkick on Machida. The bout is temporarily stopped, but resumed.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Mousasi

Round 5: Checked inside leg kick from Machida to Mousasi. Capoeira kick from Machida is blocked. Crushing left knee for Machida drives into Mousasi's midsection. Blood from the nose of Machida dripping now and Mousasi is stalking hard. Mousasi in on a double, but tries to roll through to secure it. He can't and Machida is on top in half guard. Mousasi attempts to elevate Machida with a hook, but ends up getting his back taken in transition. Mousasi's able to escape, but Machida comes rushing back in with a diving uppercut just before the bell.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Machida and the bout 49-46 Machida

Lyoto Machida def. Gegard Mousasi via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)

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