(Rua left no doubt the second time around. M. Mastrandea for FIGHT! See the full gallery here.)
The UFC returned to MMA-crazed Montreal but six of the seven Canadian fighters on the card went home with another L on their records. Shogun earned the Light Heavyweight Championship, becoming only the second man (alongside Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira) to hold championships in Pride and the UFC, and Paul Daley punched his way out of a job. Full results, details on attendance and bonuses and a recap of our picks are below.
Shogun def. Lyoto Machida by knockout (punches) at 3:35 of Round 1.
Josh Koscheck def. Paul Daley by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Stephens def. Sam Stout by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29).
Matt Mitrione def. Kimbo Slice by TKO (punches) at 4:24 of Round 2.
Alan Belcher def. Patrick Cote by submission (rear-naked choke) 3:25 of Round 2.
Joe Doerksen def. Tom Lawlor by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:10 of Round 2.
Marcus Davis def. Jonathan Goulet by TKO (punches) at 1:23 of Round 2.
Johny Hendricks def. T.J. Grant by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28).
Joey Beltran def. Tim Hague by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28).
Mike Guymon def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
John Salter def. Jason MacDonald by TKO (injury) at 2:42 of Round 1.
Shogun, Alan Belcher, Jeremy Stephens and Sam Stout all received bonuses in the amount of $65,000 last night; Shogun earned his Knockout of the Night check for finishing the champion, Lyoto Machida, Belcher scored his Submission of the Night award by choking out Patrick Cote, and Stephens and Stout earned their cash with a classic stand’n’bang bout that Stephens took in a decision.
At the post-fight presser, UFC President Dana White announced that UFC 113 drew a crowd of 17,647 for gate receipts of $3.27 million.
When we discussed Machida vs. Shogun II and Kos vs. Daley we were in agreement that A) either Machida or Shogun was going to get stopped, and B) either Daley was going to KO Kos or Kos was going to win a decision with takedowns and top control. It was a coin flip and we called the wrong side. So it goes. We’re now 49-23 with our picks on the year.
Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
FIGHT! Pick: Machida Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Paul Daley vs. Josh Koscheck
FIGHT! Pick: Daley Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Matt Mitrione
FIGHT! Pick: Mitrione Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens
FIGHT! Pick: Stout Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher
FIGHT! Pick: Belcher Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
(Jason MacDonald’s leg was not in good shape when he left the Octagon.)
Jason MacDonald’s return to the UFC went badly as the veteran middleweight’s leg buckled early in the first round. According to the fighter he suffered a broken left tibia, fibia, and dislocated ankle, and will require surgery.
After losing his no. 1 contender fight with Josh Koscheck by decision, Paul Daley decided that punching Kos after the final bell was a good idea. Referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in quickly but the damage, to Daley’s career at least, was done. Afterwards White said that Daley will never fight in the UFC again. While White has made, and reneged on, similar proclamations with fighters before (see: Tito Ortiz), at the very least it will be a long while before we see Daley in the Octagon again.
Following the night’s fights, Dana White said that Kimbo Slice will likely be cut by the promotion after losing to Matt Mitrione by TKO.