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The first round saw Henderson land a couple of soft low kicks and two nice right hands. Generally, though, he had difficulty with Machida’s movement. What’s more, the Brazilian Shotokan practitioner landed some decent kicks, a good right hand, and a late stage takedown with solid ground and pound (a punch and an elbow).
That takedown won Machida the stanza.
The second round was pretty uneventful. It was close. That said, I do believe that Machida landed the harder shots, though Henderson was the aggressor. I just think that the Shotokan practitioner is in charge here, though.
The third round made things interesting, as Machida fell off balance after a strike, which left Henderson on top. From there, Hendo connected with elbows to the ribs on his opponent, but Machida was able to turn things over and get to his feet. Further, when the fight was on their feet, Machida connected more often and with harder shots, including some solid kicks.
Tough fight to call.
Lyoto Machida defeats Dan Henderson by split decision.