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Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva

Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA

Lyoto Machida defeats Thiago Silva via KO/TKO at 4:59 of Round 1

Mmaweekly large Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida
Mmaweekly large Thiago Silva

Round 1

13-0-0   Pro Record At Fight   13-1-0
Climbed to 14-0   Record After Fight   Fell to 13-2
-245 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +190 (Slight Underdog)
Br Brazil   Nationality   Br Brazil
Los Angeles, California   Fighting out of   Boca Raton, Florida
30 years, 8 months, 1 day   Age at Fight   26 years, 2 months, 5 days
206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs)
6'1" (186cm)   Height   6'1" (185cm)
74.0" (188cm)   Reach   74.0" (188cm)
Black House MMA   Gym   Blackzilians
UFC 94
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2
  • Date: Saturday 01.31.2009
  • Referee: Yves Lavigne
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Co-Main Event (fight 9 of 10)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Machida Total Disclosed Pay: $185,000
  • Silva Total Disclosed Pay: $29,000
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Machida vs. Silva Wiki Update Wiki

UFC 94’s co-main event, Lyoto Machida versus Thiago Silva, marked one of the first times in UFC history that two undefeated fighters had faced one another in a main or co-main event slot. The winner of the fight would earn a light heavyweight title shot against then-champion “Sugar” Rashad Evans.

Heading into the fight, odds makers pegged Machida as a moderate favorite. With his unorthodox Karate style, some thought him too elusive for the aggressive but slower Silva. Silva, by contrast, needed to use his aggression to push the pace, create scrambles and turn things into a dogfight. The ground game was something of an x-factor, as fans were unsure which of the two BJJ black belts would operate better on the Octagon mat. As events unfolded, there was little time spent down there.

As is his habit, Machida started out cautiously. He threw a wide variety of range-finding strikes at his opponent. Silva, unperturbed, waded through the majority of these strikes with little difficulty. By coming forward so aggressively, he planned on backing Machida into a corner and putting the pressure on the elusive contender.

But as the round unfolded, Silva became increasingly predictable to Machida. On two occasions during the first round, Machida rocked and dropped Silva with straight punches as he was coming in. Machida was too fast and his timing was too sharp for Silva.

With a few seconds remaining in the opening round, Machida pushed a clinching Silva away from him against the cage and dropped him with a straight punch down the middle. Machida then dropped down onto Silva just before the bell rang, and knocked him out cold with a follow-up shot. The knockout was so sudden and so unexpected that many fans did not even realize the fight was over until the in-cage celebration began.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:17 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Highlight  |  "14-0" Lyoto Machida Documentary/Highlight Film by Sound Scholar report dead link

    A highlight video focusing on Lyoto Machida's preparation for his bout with Thiago Silva at UFC 94.

  • Training  |  Lyoto Machida Training Video by BadBoy report dead link

    BadBoy brand produced this training video of Lyoto Machida preparing to face Thiago Silva at UFC 94.

  • Promo Video  |  Thiago Silva vs. Lyoto Machida UFC 94 Promo Video report dead link

    Watch the official promo video for the Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva fight at UFC 94.

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