UFC 104 took place earlier this evening at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
In the night’s main event, Lyoto Machida put his UFC light heavyweight title on the line against former PRIDE GP champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
In the co-main event, Ben Rothwell looked to make a major splash in his UFC debut against the much hyped Cain Velasquez.
Joe Stevenson and Spencer Fisher met in an lightweight bout.
Anthony Johnson looked to keep his win streak going against Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
Gleison Tibau took on Josh Neer in a lightweight battle.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Lyoto Machida defeats Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via Unanimous Decision
- Cain Velasquez defeats Ben Rothwell via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Gleison Tibau defeats Josh Neer via Unanimous Decision
- Joe Stevenson defeats Spencer Fisher via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Anthony Johnson defeats Yoshiyuki Yoshida via Knockout in Round One
- Ryan Bader defeats Eric Schafer via Unanimous Decision
- Pat Barry defeats Antoni Hardonk via TKO in Round Two
- Chael Sonnen defeats Yushin Okami via Unanimous Decision
- Jorge Rivera defeats Rob Kimmons via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Kyle Kingsbury defeats Razak Al-Hassan via Split Decision
- Stefan Struve defeats Chase Gormley via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round One
Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida: Anthony Johnson starts the show off with a bang. He knocks out Yoshida in less than a minute. It’s hard to get too excited about it since he missed weight by six pounds, but he seems remorseful and knows what the problem was, so hopefully it was a one-time deal. That aside, if he keeps knocking people out like he has, he’s probably going to end up in the welterweight title picture before too long.
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher: You don’t want Joe Stevenson on top of you for too long, and that’s exactly what Spencer Fisher learned tonight the hard way. Joe took Fisher down in the second and worked his ground n’ pound. He eventually trapped Spencer’s arms and dropped devastating elbows forcing the ref to stop it. Textbook win for Stevenson.
Chael Sonnen vs Yushin Okami: That was unexpected. Chael Sonnen dominated Yushin Okami with his grappling and striking for the entire three rounds. Okami was so unimpressive, it kind of makes you wonder, what was all the fuss about? It’s one thing for Okami to win boring fights, but another entirely to lose in a lackluster performance. I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC decides to part ways with him. Big win for Sonnen though.
Gleison Tibau vs. Josh Neer: Gleison Tibau’s takedowns and power slams were the story of this fight. He didn’t do much with them, but he secured enough of them to sway the judges.
Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell: Cain Velasquez may only have a little more than a handful of fights under his belt, but he proved tonight he deserves every ounce of hype behind him. Velasquez dominated Rothwell in the first with his wrestling and ground n’ pound in what was a 10-8 round if there ever was one. The second was more of the same except this time Steve Mazzagatti stopped it early in the round. It was definitely a little early considering Ben was in the process of standing up, but honestly Steve probably did him a favor. Huge win for Cain, one that will give UFC brass a lot to think about when they go to schedule the next heavyweight title fight.
Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: Lyoto Machida was given a gift tonight. Shogun’s gameplan was brilliant and he executed it perfectly. He was patient, took what Machida gave him and punished him when he saw openings. It was a Shogun we’ve never seen before and it was incredible to watch. No one in Machida’s career came close to hitting him and inflicting the damage Shogun did. To be fair, Machida landed plenty of his own, but in my eyes it wasn’t enough to earn the decision. I had Shogun winning 4 out of 5 rounds. He was the aggressor, he landed more, and he inflicted the most damage, and I can’t to wait to see FightMetric and CompuStrike confirm it when they release their reports. I just don’t see how they gave it to Machida. It makes me sick.
There’s no clear cut contender waiting in line for a light heavyweight title shot. If there was ever a time to book an immediate rematch, it’s now. Machida vs. Shogun II, early 2010, make it happen UFC.
Update: How the judges scored via Josh Gross:
Official scoring: Cecil Peoples gave R 1-3 to Machida, 4 & 5 Shogun. Same for Marcos Rosales. ‘Doc’ Hamilton had R1 & 5 Shogun, 2-4 Machida.
Submission of the Night: Stefan Struve
Knockout of the Night: Pat Barry
Fight of the Night: Pat Barry & Antoni Hardonk ($60,000)
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $1.9 million