UFC 163 went down Saturday night from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and left MMA fans feeling a little underwhelmed.
In the main event, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defeated Chan Sung Jung via TKO in the fourth round after “The Korean Zombie” had suffered a nasty shoulder injury.
Aldo, who was up on the scorecards, saw the injury and pounced, doing what any good UFC champion would do – kill.
While Jung claimed to be fine after having the shoulder popped back into place, the toughness he displayed in trying to fight through the injury – if even only for a brief period – was remarkable and the highlight to an otherwise unspectacular night.
Living up to his moniker, the Zombie stood toe-to-toe with Aldo and took everything he hit him with, never wilting until the injury.
Aldo, who also injured his foot with the first kick he landed on Jung, was limited to what he could do, so it was hard to fully grade his performance. Still, he made sure to not let an upset-minded fighter take him down, and delighted the Brazilian crowd with his win.
The co-main event was received much different, as Phil Davis scored a decision victory over Lyoto Machida.
The fact that Davis won isn’t completely shocking, but by which he did it, is.
“Mr. Wonderful” scored takedowns late in the rounds and claimed the win in the minds of the three judges sitting Octagon-side….in Brazil…..where Machida is a God.
“The Dragon” defended eight other Davis takedown attempts, but those two that did convert left him vulnerable and on his back as the time expired in the first and second rounds.
Machida was distraught following the ruling, and very upset. He’ll bounce back, though, and maybe even at a new weight as he hinted during the post-fight press conference.