This is the official Examiner.com UFC 175 live results and on-site report page. This page will feature all the updates from tonight’s happenings from around Sin City. Whatever news that becomes avaialable – fight results, celebrity sightings, rumors abound – will be posted here next to their time mark. Fight results will appear in bold, so be wary as you scroll down.
Tonight’s main event features a middleweight title tilt between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Lyoto Machida. “The Dragon” is looking to dethrone “The All American” and supplant himself as an all-time great, and become one of only two other fighters to achieve titles in two different weight classes. Weidman looks to silence the critics after beating former divisional kingpin Anderson Silva twice in 2013 – albeit under controversial circumstances.
In the co-main event, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey meets Alexis Davis. Rousey is coming off a first-round stoppage victory over Sara McMann in February and is once again making a quick turnaround defending her belt. The world waits to see if Rousey can remain undefeated, as the eight-to-one underdog, Davis, looks to shock the world.
Also featured on tonight’s card are MMA veterans Urijah Faber, Stefan Struve, Matt Mitrione and many more. So, if you can’t be here in Vegas, or you aren’t near a TV, snuggle up to this page for all your UFC 175 needs. I’ll be here all night and will be doing my best to bring you all the action as it happens. Make sure to hit refresh on your browser, as there will be giving frequent updates.
4:10 PM PST - First fight is in the books as Kevin Casey defeats Bubba Bush via TKO at 3:59 of Round 1.
4:16 - Next fight up at UFC 175 is a middleweight bout between Luke Zachrich versus Guilherme Vasconcelos.
4:40 - Luke Zachrich def. Guilherme Vasconcelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
5:03 - Next up at UFC 175 is a bantamweight tilt between George Roop and Rob Font.
5:04 - Hearing an interesting bit of news that not only will UFC 176 (formerly Aldo vs. Mendes 2) will be canceled all together, but apparently California will be implementing random drug testing for all combatants within the state. Some strong rumors going around that it may have something to do with Jose Aldo pulling out of the fight. Nothing confirmed, but strong rumors nonetheless.
5:10 - Round one underway, and both Roop and Font come out firing. Early clinch work from Roop, then it's back to the center of the cage at 3:30.
5:13 - Rob Font def. George Roop via KO at 2:19 of Round 1. Font leveled Roop with a slick counter and Roop dropped to the canvas. Solid win for Font's UFC debut.
5:22 - Some quotes from earlier in the night with select fighters:
“Going into the fight I knew that Bubba was going to be a very big and tough middleweight. I was very aware of his ability to strike and maintain his distance well. I tried to measure my distance accordingly and wait for the right opportunity to move in and strike. I opened him up with the elbow and then softened him with a shot to the body. Once he was down I continued to apply the elbow strikes until the ref moved in and stopped the fight. Having Muhammad Ali as a father-in-law and being connected with such a wonderful family with a rich history means everything to me. I really feel an obligation to go out and represent them and my trainers, the Gracie’s, as well as I can.”
“A lot of people don’t remember but my first taste of the UFC was on The Ultimate Fighter season 7. After the season only a couple of the competitors were brought back to fight on the finale, unfortunately I wasn’t one of the lucky ones. It’s been a constant struggle since then and there have been a lot of ups and downs, highs and lows. My goal has always remained the same however. I wanted to make it back to the UFC, to the pinnacle of mixed martial arts. I’ve done it and I’ve gotten my first win here. The emotions are so hard to hold back and I’ll tear up gain if I continue to think about it. I’m very happy and ready for whatever is next.”
“I tried to move forward but he had much better timing and he was stronger tonight.”
5:26 - Up next is a middleweight bout between Chris Camozzi (19-7) vs. Bruno Santos (13-1).
5:33 - Santos and Camozzi is underway. 30-seconds in, and some light pawing/range finding.
5:35 - Camozzi snags a thai-clinch on Santos and lands a few quick shots. Now both fighters find themselves stalled against the cage. 1:30 left in the opening frame as the fighters separate back to the center of the cage.
5:38 - Round 1 in the books and Examiner.com scores it 10-9 Camozzi. Decent amount of action, but nothing too crazy as of yet.
5:44 - Round 2 is all Santos as he takes Camozzi down early and keeps him there for the majority of the frame. Examiner has it all tied up 19-19 headed into the third and final round.
5:52 - Bruno Santos def. Chris Camozzi via split-decisions (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). The third round was close, so it undoubtedly came down to that. Not a robbery by any measure. Good fight.
5:54 - A brief quote from the victorious Rob Font:
“We knew he threw big punches coming into the fight so we had to be ready for everything. The first minute of the fight I wasn’t as agile as I wanted to be. I had a tough time getting my jab going and finding range. I started forcing my shots and then the hook connected that dropped him. After that everything obviously felt great. I went in and followed up for the finish. I’m really hoping that I can stay active in the UFC and get right back in there. I’d love a fight with Sergio Pettis. I think our styles match up well and it would be a great show for the fans.”
5:55 - A welterweight scrap between Ildemar Alcantara versus Kenny Robertson is up next.
6:05 - Alcantara vs. Robertson is off and running. Robertson earns an early takedown and is grinding on Alcantara.
6:08 - 1:30 left and Robertson is still in dominant position landing strikes from Alcantara's guard.
6:10 - Round 1 is in the books, and it was all Kenny Robertson. Nothing exciting, but he got the job done. On to round 2.
6:16 - Robertson gets Alcantara to the mat once again in round 2 and pummels him with stiff elbows and frequent ground and pound. It's not exactly flashy, but he's winning rounds. Examiner.com has Robertson up 20-18 headed into the third and final frame.
6:18 -- Alcantara takes a knee to the groin and the action is briefly halted.
6:19 - Fighters back at it. 3:45 left in round 3.
6:20 - Another groin strike by Robertson to Alcantara, and he receives a warning. The action resumes soon after.
6:25 - Kenny Robertson def. Ildemar Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
6:27 - Next up at UFC 175 is the main event of the prelims as Urijah Faber meets Alex Caceres in a bantamweight feature bout.
6:34 - Major applause for Faber as he is announced by Bruce Buffer. If I had to guess, I'd say the crowd is at 80% capacity for the main event of the preliminary card. And we're underway!
6:36 - Early takedown attempt by Faber, and Caceres scrambles accordingly. He does a sufficient job, and has managed to keep the fight standing with 3:40 left in the round. Just as that sentence is typed, Faber drags Caceres to the mat via body lock. Faber now in Caceres' guard looking to improve. Three minutes left.
6:39 - Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is in attendance watching Urijah Faber and Alex Caceres get after it. The round ends with Faber still in control on the ground; a rather stoic round from "The California Kid." 10-9 Faber.
6:41 - Round 2 set to begin.
6:41 - Big, sweeping right hand by a rushing Faber clips Caceres on the jaw. Caceres retreats a bit, and Faber uses this as a chance to bring his opponent to the mat. Caceres is looking to get back to his feet, and he does! Very impressive from Caceres -- especially considering he couldn't do that in the first round. Caceres back on his feet and he's hitting Faber with good shots! This could get competitive.
6:45 - Very fun round thus far. Caceres is hanging in there and landing shots. One minute left in round 2. Faber clinches in the final seconds, and the round ends with both fighters tied up against the cage. Caceres impressed, but not enough to win the round. 20-18 Faber, headed into the third.
6:50 - Urijah Faber def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:09 of round 3.
6:51 - The PPV portion of UFC 175 is up next! Stay tuned!
7:15 - Bantamweights Marcus Brimage and Russell Doane kick off the UFC 175 PPV, now! Round 1 underway.
7:21 - Round one in the books. Nice back and forth, but nothing spectacular. Doane takes it on control. Round 2 starting now.
7:27 - Slow fight. End of round 2. Doane up headed to the third.
7:28 - In a bit of terrible news, the Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione bout has been cancelled due to Struve passing out backstage. Struve was warming up backstage when he fainted. UFC President Dana White came by media row to tell us that Struve had been sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure -- perhaps a panic attack -- and updates will continue as (if) they become available.
7:32 - Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is in the building. Note: So is Johny Hendricks. "Ohhhhhhhhh!"
7:32 - Doane vs. Brimage is finished. Official results to follow.
7:34 - UPDATE: Apparently Struve has NOT been taken to the hospital per Ariel Helwani. He is apparently still in the building in street clothes.
7:34 - Russell Doane def. Marcus Brimage via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).
7:39 - Uriah Hall versus Thiago Santos next up at UFC 175 in a middleweight feature.
7:43 - Quote from Urijah Faber after his victory over Alex Caceres earlier in the night:
“I would’ve liked to make that a lot easier but this is the real world and it’s the fight game. People have to understand that things will happen out there and it won’t always be an easy fight. He’s a guy that has a lot of range and he’s creative in the scrambles so I wanted to make it a dirty, ugly fight. I think I may have broken my rib in the first round at some point. Not sure how that happened but it might’ve slowed me down a bit. I really want to stay busy and get back in there as soon as possible. I haven’t really had the chance to fight on international cards and I think that could be fun. Maybe the Japan show coming up!”
7:44 - Hall and Santos currently making their way to the cage.
7:50 - Round one underway and Hall is looking loose. Things could get interesting, as Santos doesn't mind throwing down.
7:55 - Uriah Hall owns round 1 as he pressured Santos for the majority of the round. And, folks, Uriah Hall has a broken toe. Very similar to Jon Jones' toe against Sonnen -- and he's fighting. Amazing.
8:01 - Hall switches his stance throughout the majority of the round. The toe is definitely dislocated/broke, but Hall is fighting as if nothing could bother him. Round 2 goes to Hall and he's up 20-18 headed to the final round. Good fight thus far for the TUF prospect. Given his injury, UFC President Dana White is going to love his effort.
8:09 - Round 3 ends with Thiago Santos earning himself the round. This could be a close decision as round 2 was razor-thin. Official decision to follow. Props to Uriah Hall for toughing this fight out. That toe is just nasty.
8:11 - Uriah Hall def. Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
8:15 - Ronda Rousey versus Alexis Davis is up next at UFC 175!
8:27 - Alexis Davis makes her way to the cage with the sounds of Lorde's "Royals" leading the way. The crowd is passive -- no major applause or boos.
8:29 - Rousey enters to Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" which has become a signature walkout for the young champion in her blossoming UFC career. The crowd pops loud. Minutes away from the UFC 175 co-main event.
8:36 - Folks, I'd like to have more to report. But, Ronda Rousey came out, boxed Davis up, hip-tossed her with a judo throw, landed in side-control with a headlock, pounded her face and the ref came in to stop the action. There was a big knee that landed during the standing exchange, too.
8:37 - Ronda Rousey def. Alexis Davis via KO at :16 of round 1.
8:42 - Rousey exits the cage and comes by media row with her mother and two sisters all hugging as they walk. Very cool moment for Rousey, no doubt. Main event is up next as Chris Weidman defends his middleweight championship against Lyoto Machida.
8:51 - Machida comes out to House of Pain's "Jump Around" while Weidman walks out to Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down." This could be a classic.
9:00 - The crowd chants "USA! USA! USA!" as the fighters meet in the center of the cage. Very little engaging after 90-seconds, then Weidman goes for his first takedown attempt -- Machida sprawls with textbook precision. Weidman popping his jab, and it's getting through.
9:02 - Machida lands a stiff straight left counter and Weidman eats it. However, this is turning into a Machida fight early. The round ends and Examiner scores it 10-9 Weidman, although Machida is certainly making it a tactical fight. Could benefit him in the coming rounds. . Round 2 on the way.
9:09 -Weidman pressures Machida for all of Round 2. He lands solid strikes, and stalks him all around the cage. At the end of the round, he earns his first takedown and solidifies the round in his favor. 20-18 Weidman headed to the third round.
9:12 - At 3:25 of the third round, Weidman earns his second takedown. Earlier in the round, he had tried a few and failed. Weidman currently riding Machida looking to improve position. In a scramble, Machida gets back to his feet and the fighters exchange in a brief flurry with both taking a stiff shot. Weidman with another solid punch and Machida is cut and on the retreat!
9:15 - With 55-seconds left, Weidman snags Machida in a body lock and slams him to the mat with a suplex. Machida manages to get to his feet with a few seconds left. He's pouring blood out of his forehead. 30-27 Weidman headed to the fourth round.
9:19 - Machida doing much better in the fourth; a landed body kick and some counter straights and he is getting to Weidman. This is a really technically savvy fight. Machida hurts Weidman with a combo! The crowd erupts as the two trade! Weidman goes for a shot and it's stuffed. Weidman recovered and looking calm.
9:23 - Crazy flurry to end the round. Machida lands a looping hook as the bell sounds. Definitely Machida's round. This final round could determine it. Round 1 was very close. Final round now.
9:30 - Wild final round from both fighters. Blood and sweat flying everywhere. Both fighters have been rocked. One minute left and Weidman is riding Machida on the ground -- almost has his back. Machida stands up. The crowd is going nuts. This is a war, a classic. The fight is over. Official decision coming.
9:31 - Chris Weidman def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision. That's it, folks. Hope you dug the coverage.