This is a rematch of a five-round bout at a UFC show on Feb. 15, 2014 in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, that Machida won by unanimous decision.
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Round 1: Mike Beltran is the third man inside the cage for the main event. Machida takes the center of the cage and the first minute is a feeling out process. Both men exchange some probing low kicks but not much is happening. Machida blitzes in and gets dropped by a beautiful counter right hand from Mousasi. It appears the punch more caught Machida off-balance than hurt him though as Machida is quickly back on his feet and circling. Mousasi counters a low kick from Machida but comes up short on his punches. Machida is almost solely looking to counter and Machida is very cautious, trying to find his angles. Mousasi rushes in but can’t land anything. The crowd is very pro-Mousasi but Machida silences them with a straight right hand that lands. There are a lot of feints coming from both men but not a lot of violence. Machida misses a headkick, Mousasi misses a wild right hand. Machida lands a low kick and the bell sounds.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Mousasi.
Round 2: If you wanted to score the first round 10-10 you wouldn’t be wrong. Not a lot happened and the second round starts the same way: plenty of feints, very little action. Machida throws a low kick and Mousasi counters with a combination that misses. Mousasi charges forward with a long combination, not much lands but it does get Machida moving away. Machida steps in but Mousasi counters with a good right hand. Machida lands a body kick. Both men almost throw and it’s almost exciting but then they don’t. Mousasi is now pressuring some but still no offense either way. Machida lands a body kick, Mousasi’s counter right hand misses. Machida misses a head kick. Machida lands a left hand and then a body kick that he thinks hurt Mousasi because he charges forward. Mousasi responds by charging in but can’t land anything and the bell ends the round.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Machida (19-19 overall).