Shogun knocks out Lyoto and is new champion

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Shogun in photo by Josh Hedges

And the light heavyweight belt traded hands this Saturday in Canada, at UFC 113. It has recently been passed from Quinton Jackson, Forrest Griffin to Rashad Evans and didn’t stay very long with Lyoto Machida. Shogun put on a show and now takes it home with him to Curitiba. The bout between Josh Koshcheck and Paul Daley was a heated one, as well. Check out it all went:

Lyoto Machida vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

Shogun pushed the action from the start, with kicks and strikes. Lyoto felt the pressure and went for the takedown. He managed to take Rua to the mat twice, but the Southern Brazilian managed to get up. After suffering yet another strike, Machida dropped to the ground. Shogun followed up with strikes, mounted and more strikes. The technical knockout came at 3:35 min of the first round. With the result, Shogun is the new light heavyweight champion. Now another rematch could be on the cards for the near future, against Rogério Minotouro.

Paul Daley vs Josh Koscheck

Playing a strategic game, Josh Koscheck used his wrestling well to stifle Paul Daley’s knockout ability. He also used his guile, after making a meal out of an illegal knee thrown by his opponent. In the wrestling vs bosing bout, this time the former prevailed. Koshcheck got the takedown at will and was savvy on the ground, where his Jiu-Jitsu skills served him well. In the first two round, he made it to his opponent’s back and nearly sunk a rear-naked choke. In the final stanza, he mounded and calmly controlled the action.

And the mood became tense. After the final bell, Daley took a cheap shot at an unwary Koshckeck. In the end, after winning the unanimous decision in his favor, Koshcheck provoked his next opponent, Georges St-Pierre. And was promptly booed.

Jeremy Stephens vs Sam Stout

The bout was evenly matched from the outset. Despite Sam Stout being favored in the standup department, Jeremy Stephens was unafraid and landed solid strikes, mainly in the counter-attack. In the third round, Stout made the most of an injury to his opponent and went all out, but it wasn’t enough. Stephens landed solid strikes and knees throughout the fight and took the split decision.

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs Matt Mitrione

After suffering in the first round, when he escaped two triangles and an arm triangle, Kimbo went into the second round exhausted. Matt Mitrione punished him on the feet and, on the ground, mounted and struck Ferguson until the referee stepped in. The technical knockout came at 4:24 min.

Alan Belcher vs Patrick Cote

The Jiu-Jitsu training with Daniel Moraes shone through and, after a back-and-forth first round, was Alan Belcher’s main weapon in overcoming Patrick Cote, with a rear-naked choke bringing the fight to a halt at 3:29 min of the second. In the octagon, after having won, he took the opportunity to challenge Anderson Silva, the target of every fighter in the middleweight division.

Check out the complete results:

UFC 113 – Machida vs Shogun 2
Bell Centre,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
May 8, 2010

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua defeated Lyoto Machida via TKO at 3:35 min of R1
Josh Koscheck defeated Paul Daley via unanimous decision
Jeremy Stephens defeated Sam Stout via split decision

Matt Mitrione defeated Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson via TKO at 4:21 min of R2
Alan Belcher submitted Patrick Cote via rear-naked choke at 3:29 min of R2

Joe Doerksen defeated Tom Lawlor via rear-naked choke at 2:10 nub if R2
Marcus Davis defeated Jonathan Goulet via TKO at 1:23 min of R2
Johny Hendricks defeated T.J. Grant via decision
Joey Beltran defeated Tim Hague via unanimous decision
Mike Guymon defeated Yoshiyuki Yoshida via unanimous decision
John Salter defeated Jason MacDonald via TKO (injured leg) at 2:42 min of R1

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