An impressive rematch between two title suitors ensued, where Phil Davis won for the second time against Lyoto machida. In the event that culminated with Bellator 245 on Friday night, the 42-year-old former UFC legend fell back to the same rival. On the other hand, the former Middleweight champion of Bellator he got his ninth victory in that company, after a split decision over the Brazilian. Thus, the latter suffered his second defeat in this way within the company.
Notably Davis adds his third uninterrupted conquest, after finishing Karl Albrektsson and Liam McGeary by technical knockout. In this way, he entered only a very good step to go for the title. When he lost it to Ryan Bader at the Bellator 180, everything seemed to be going backwards. Now, the fighter achieved a record of 5 – 1, with a single victory against Vadim Nemkov, which was by split decision.
Machida’s words in the previous
«Now that I have more experience, now that I am 42 years old, I like to take things step by step. Every fight is an opportunity to show my work. And I fight every time like it’s the last time. I give everything I have and nobody knows what tomorrow will bring. I am very grateful for this opportunity to fight again and for my health. Of course, the thoughts of facing Vadim Nemkov by the belt cross my mind. But I try to focus only on Phil Davis. I’m only human, ”he began.
At the same time, Lyoto He mentioned: “I think about the future and the past, but I don’t want that to imprison me. We don’t know what the future holds. I remain fully motivated and committed to training every day of my life. We fought in 2013. It was a close fight. In the end, what matters is that the judges awarded him victory. Many people expressed the opinion that he should have won instead, but I can’t get stuck on that.
I never obsess over wanting revenge. That fight is behind us. That was seven years ago. Now is a new moment. My normal weight is around 213 pounds. When I fought as a middleweight, I tried to stay at around 204 pounds before cutting back, which involved a bit of suffering. Now, I have returned to the light heavyweight, so it will be an easier cut again, “he closed Machida.
Phil Davies beat Lyoto Machida by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
Cat Zingano defeated Gabby Holloway by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26).
Taylor Johnson submitted Ed Ruth with a heel hook at 00:59 of the first round.
Raymond Daniels vs. Peter Stanoik finished in No Contest at 01:00 of the second round.
Alex Polizzi beat Rafael Carvalho by unanimous decision (30 – 27, 30 – 27, 30 – 27).
Leslie Smith defeated Amanda Bell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Tyrell Fortune vs. Jack May finished in No Contest at 01:00 of the first round.
Keith Lee beat Vinicius Zani by unanimous decision (29 – 28, 29 – 28, 29 – 28).
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