Lyoto Machida’s elusiveness and accuracy may have led him to another shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.
Machida snapped Dan Henderson’s four-fight win streak in the co-main event of UFC 157 on Saturday with a split decision victory.
Henderson’s best chance to win came at the 3:35 mark in the third round when he took Machida to the ground and was in dominate position for nearly two minutes but Machida’s guard kept the damage to a minimum.
In the second round, Machida was effective landing several kicks and knees to the body every time Henderson would charge forward.
In the first round, after a three minute feeling out phase, Machida landed some nice body kicks and an effective right hand.
Henderson did land a nice right. But Machida ended the round with a nice trip and on top of Henderson.
Boos rained down from the crowd for the lack of action in the fight as Machida played it safe and smart for the entire fight, always respectful of Henderson’s dangerous right hand.
The victory improved the 34-year-old Machida to 19-3. Henderson, 42, fell to 29-9.
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