Main Card | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA
Lyoto Machida defeats Tito Ortiz via 3 Round Decision
|12-0-0||Pro Record At Fight||15-5-1|
|Climbed to 13-0||Record After Fight||Fell to 15-6|
|-190 (Slight Favorite)||Betting Odds||+155 (Slight Underdog)|
|Los Angeles, California||Fighting out of||Huntington Beach, California|
|29 years, 11 months, 3 days||Age at Fight||33 years, 4 months, 1 day|
|203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)|
|6'1" (186cm)||Height||6'3" (190cm)|
|74.0" (188cm)||Reach||74.0" (188cm)|
|Black House MMA||Gym||Team Punishment|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 84: Ill Will
- Date: Saturday 05.24.2008
- Referee: Yves Lavigne
- Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 8 of 11)
- 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
- Ortiz Total Disclosed Pay: $210,000
- Machida Total Disclosed Pay: $100,000
Ortiz vs. Machida Wiki Update Wiki
After compiling a perfect professional record of 12-0 prior to his meeting with Ortiz, future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida had stated his case for title contention in the 205lb division. “The Dragon” had defeated five straight opponents in the UFC. While Machida had fans before the fight with Ortiz, his stock rose considerably after he thoroughly dominated the former longtime champion over the course of three rounds to take a Unanimous Decision and add another legendary name to his resume. For Ortiz, who remained in the midst of a serious feud with UFC President Dana White, the bout marked a sour end to his UFC contract.
“Everyone says this is the biggest fight of my life,” Machida said in the lead-in to the bout. “I’m ready.” “I’m not going to look for a knockout, I’m not going to look for a quick tapout, I’m going to look to go in and try to hurt the guy,” Ortiz said. “I think he’s a great fighter, I think he’s a great athlete, and I think he’ll have a bright future in the UFC—just not right now.”
Ortiz entered the cage first wearing his trademark Punishment clothing line and carrying the American flag over his shoulder. Rogan: “He looks very emotional heading to the cage right now.” Machida entered second, wearing his traditional karate Gi. Rogan: “His karate background has given him some very unusual skills as far as his striking goes.”
Throughout the first round, Machida demonstrated why he is one of the most frustrating fighters to compete against in the light heavyweight division, as he continuously evaded Ortiz’s attempts to clinch or strike with him at close range all while peppering Ortiz with stinging kicks and punches to the legs, body, and some to the face. The most surprising point in the round occurred when Machida got an emphatic takedown of his own on Ortiz.
A visibly frustrated Ortiz tried to push the action more in the second round, but Machida continued to evade him while countering with leg kicks and knees to the body during brief clinches. After frustrating Ortiz again with elusive striking, Machida also came out on top during a lengthy clinch period against the cage. After knocking Ortiz down with a hard knee to the liver near the end of the round, Machida looked for the finish before Ortiz threw up a close triangle attempt that Machida struggled to get out of as the time expired. It was Ortiz’s best moment of the fight, but it was too little, too late. Machida won the fight on matching scores of 30-27 across the board.
When asked how close the triangle attempt in the third round was, Machida responded through translator Ed Soares, “I’m going to die, but I’m not going to tap.” It was also revealed in the post-fight interview that Machida was extremely sick heading into the night’s fight, and that this sickness could have contributed to his inability to finish Ortiz later into the fight.