Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is ready for its first trip to the "The Golden State" in more than two years, getting ready to storm the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., TONIGHT (Oct. 24) at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view (PPV).
UFC 104: "Machida vs. Shogun" features the first title defense for undefeated light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida against fellow Brazilian Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the main event of the evening. In addition, rising talent Cain Velasquez and veteran Ben Rothwell will "wage war" in a super-sized heavyweight showdown.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 104 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
UFC 104 QUICK RESULTS:
Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida defeats Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via unanimous decision
Cain Velasquez defeats Ben Rothwell via TKO (Strikes) Round 2
Gleison Tibau defeats Josh Neer via Unanimous Decision
Joe Stevenson defeats Spencer Fisher via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson defeats Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Ryan "Darth" Bader defeats Eric "Red" Schafer via unanimous decision
Pat Barry defeats Antoni Hardonk via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Chael Sonnen defeats Yushin "Thunder" Okami via unanimous decision
Jorge "El Conquistador" Rivera defeats Rob "The Rosedale Reaper" Kimmons via technical knockout (strikes) in round three
Kyle Kingsbury defeats Razak Al-Hassan via split decision
Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve defeats Chase Gormley via submission (triangle choke) in round one
UFC 104 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (205-pound limit)
Round one: Machida with a clinch and lands 3 knees to the body. Nice body kick from Machida. Machida with a knee to the body and now Shogun with a body clinch and holding him against the fence. Knees to the thigh from Rua. Head kick from Machida blocked Leg kick from Rua. Flying Knee from Machida and Shogun almost takes him down with it. Shogun now pressing Machida against the fence. Nice body kick from Shogun. Leg kick from Rua. Nice leg kick from Shogun. Good body kick from Machida and Shogun lands a good counter right. Nice body kick from Shogun. Thats the round, Shogun was great with his leg and body kicks and won the round with them but it was an very close round. Rua 10-9.
Round two: Body kick from Machida. Inside leg kick from Shogun. Body kick from Shogun but Machida with two good counter right. Lyoto with a right. Shogun goes for a double and cant lock it up Machida gets away. Great snapping body kick from Rua. Machidas left rib cage is red as can be. Good body kick from Machida and Shogun counters with a good body kick of his own that makes Machida double over briefly. Nice flying body kick from Shogun. Machida lands a glancing left. Nice knee to the body from Machida and Shogun lands a knee to the thigh and Machidas knee. Shogun pushing Machida against the cage and landing some serious knees to the thigh. Thats the bell, and once again I think Shogun won the round with vicious body kicks to the left side of Machida. 10-9 Rua.
Round three: Another beautiful body kick from Rua and hes landing them with authority. Nice leg kick from Machida and a counter kick from Rua. Inside leg kick from Rua. Nice body kick from Machida. Nice leg kick from Shogun, Machida with a glancing right. Shogun goes for the clinch and lands a solid elbow on the break. Nice snapping leg kick from Shogun. HUGE inside leg kick from Rua. Another hard body kick from Rua. He is landing them at will. Shogun with a small mouse under his left eye. Nice body kick from Rua, nice inside leg kick from Shogun and he lands a glancing knee to the head form the clinch. Machida lands a good right and then a great combo and Shogun lands a solid right of his own! Thats the bell, the action picked up late in the round. Again a close round but from a pure damage and consistency standpoint Shogun won that round with his amazing leg kicks. 10-9 Rua.
Round four: Inside leg kick from Shogun. Leg kick from Shogun. Machida's legs looked bruised now. Body kick from Rua. Nice upkick from Machida but blocked. Machida slips and Shogun charges in like a bull and has him up against the cage with a hold on a single leg. Nice leg kick from Rua but Machida lands a great right and Shogun with a knee to the chest from the clinch. Great leg kick from Shogun. Nice elbow from Shogun. Nice knee to the body from Shogun and then a right and kick to the body. Great leg kick from Shogun. Thats the bell and Shogun dominated that round with what else? Leg kicks, 10-9 Rua easy. Machida needs a miracle or some favorable scoring.
Round five: Leg kick from Rua. Another leg kick from Rua. Nice left from Machida. Another sick body kick from Rua. WOW a sick leg kick from Rua! Machidas legs and body are beet red. Nice kick from Machida. Shogun is pushing forward and Machida is on his heels. Nice knee to the body from Machida. Their clinched up against the fence. Knees to the thigh from Rua. Great body kick from Shogun. WOW great elbow then right from Shogun. Machida looks like he cant work his legs. Shogun throws a good combo but mostly misses. Shogun with a good left to end the round. Shogun once again controlled that round from start to finish with vicious leg kicks and constant moving forward. 10-9 Rua and I have him winning all 5 rounds in this fight with 2 of the round close enough to go either way. Amazing showing from Shogun Rua.
Final result: Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida defeats Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via unanimous decision
Cain Velasquez vs. "Big" Ben Rothwell (265-pound limit)
Round one: Leg kick from Cain and Rothwell with a good right. Cain ducks under and gets a single leg and trips Rothwell down. Rothwell trying to get to his feet and Velasquez is holding him against the fence. Nice right from Ben. Velasquez with a good right. Inside leg kick from Velasquez. Single leg take down from Velasquez. Side control for Cain. Uppercut from Rothwell. Big take down from Velasquez and hes landing some HUGE elbows!!! Nice punches from the top. Velasquez going for the back now. Velasquez is dropping bombs now. Hammer fists from Velasquez and now hes in full mount and hes pounding away with vicious punches!!! Rothwell works his way up but Cain takes him right back down and hes still pounding away. Rothwell back to the feet. Thats the bell, Velasquez put an absolute beating on Rothwell. He landed some serious punches and Rothwell is bleeding above his right eye. 10-9 Velasquez with a 10-8 round possible.
Round two: One two combo from Cain. Velasquez with another single leg take down and Velasquez is pounding away with more monster punches. Velasquez lands 3 SICK lefts and thats it. The ref stops it and while Rothwell is angry with the stoppage and it might not have been the right time to stop it Velasquez was putting a beating on Rothwell and it was only a matter of time.
Final result: Cain Velasquez defeats Ben Rothwell via TKO (Strikes) Round 2
Gleison Tibau vs. Josh "The Dentist" Neer (155-pound limit)
Round one: Neer with a good right to start things off, Tibau on his heels. Tibau with an amazing take down! He nearly flips Neer. Neer back to his feet. Leg kick from Neer. Tibau again with a BIG take down and just lifts and slams Neer. Neer with butterfly guard. Tibau postures up. Backfist from Neer on the bottom and now hes up to his feet. Inside leg kick from Neer. Tibau again with a perfect form take down, but Neer throws Tibau off and gets right back to his feet. Head kick from Neer blocked. Front kick from Neer. Body kick from Neer and they exchange punches but Tibau with another good take down and Neer is fending him off with butterfly guard but Tibau is holding him down. Neer walks his back up the cage and is back to his feet. Nice right from Tibau. Thats the bell, not too much action but Tibau gets 4 powerful take downs and won the round 10-9 easy.
Round two: Tibau again with a take down that tosses Neer across the ring. Neer back to his feet. Nice left from Tibau and Neer misses a big uppercut and Tibau with a big take down. Tibau with another good take down but Neer with good defense. Tibau mounts now and Neer gives his back and now Tibau has his hooks in. Hes high on Neers back though. Tibau now switches to an arm bar and hes out!! Neer on top now. Tibau back to his feet. Front kick from Neer. Nice right from Neer. Tibau with a take down attempt and stopped for the 1st time tonight. Tibau looking gassed now. Thats the bell, Tibau scored points with his take down and submission attempt but Neer with amazing defense and a much more aggressive stand up game might have stole that round 10-9.
Round three: Tibau comes out with his bread and butter a vicious take down and he passes right into half guard. But Neer with a hip escape and back into full guard and is using amazing defense. Neer to his feet, leg kick. Elbow from Neer and a solid right. Front kick from Neer. Tibau stuffed on a take down attempt. Nice right from Neer. Tibau with a timely take down but Neer again with great defense and elbows from the bottom. Fight stopped to cut off Neers glove tape that came undone. Inside leg kick and Neer grunts in pain. He shin looks hurt. Tibau again with a take down while Neer is moving forward trying to score. Neer back to his feet. Head kick from Neer but it doesnt land. Tibau with another tough take down and that should lock up the win for him. Not an exciting fight but solid action. Neer was aggressive and looked physically more impressive especially with his defense off his back but Tibau just scored more points with his consistently successful take downs.
Final result: Gleison Tibau defeats Josh Neer via Unanimous Decision
Joe "Daddy" Stevenson vs. Spencer "The King" Fisher (155-pound limit)
Round one: Both fighters come out with lots of energy, bouncing all over the cage. One minute in and not much going on. Fisher changes that with a nice right punch that stuns Stevenson momentarily. He lands a nice right and Stevenson finally gets on the board with a sweet counter strike. Fisher attempts a flying knee that misses. Stevenson goes for a takedown and Fisher fights his way to the cage. Fisher is gushing blood out of his right eye onto Stevenson's back. Stevenson lifts Fisher to try and finish the takedown, but Fisher fights to stay on his feet. It's a stalemate and the referee finally steps in and separates them. Fisher now stalks Stevenson and Stevenson trots away. He goes for another takedown and gets this one. He's now all over Fisher's back, boxing his ears and softening him up as the final seconds evaporate. That's it for round one.
Round two: Fisher starts off with a high kick that is blocked. He's pushing the pace once again. Stevenson throws a straight right that glances off the forehead of Fisher. He tries another flying knee and Stevenson catches it, using it score another takedown. He lands in Fisher's full guard and scoots him over to the fence so he can't get away. Stevenson sits back for a leg lock, but it's not there so he slides back up into Fisher's guard. Stevenson quickly gets full mount, but Fisher is able to get him back in his guard. Stevenson now dropping elbows onto Fisher's already bloodied face. Short elbows are really finding their marks now on the rightside of Fisher's face. Now punches. Stevenson moves to side control, traps his arm and unleashes a series of short elbows that Fisher simply could not defend. Referee steps in and saves Fisher from additional punishment. Good stoppage after countless unanswered blows.
Final result: Joe Stevenson defeats Spencer Fisher via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida (170-pound limit)
Round one: Time to start the PPV action with an interesting 170-pound match up. Johnson wants to bang it out, Yoshida, doesn't. And he starts the action off with a flurry, smothering Yoshida with a barrage of strikes. Yoshida is hurt. He has no answer. He backs up and tries to take it to the floor, but Johnson lights him up with a straight right hand that puts Yoshida down for the count. The referee steps in and saves him from further abuse. All told it took just 41 seconds. Wow.
Final result: Anthony "Rumble" Johnson defeats Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Ryan "Darth" Bader vs. Eric "Red" Schafer (205-pound limit)
Round one: Here we go -- wrestling vs. jiu-jitsu. Bader stalks Schafer to start the fight and uncorks a looping right hook and follows it up with another right. Schafer backs him off with a left jab. He keeps pumping it. Bader comes in and boxes the ears and bounces out real quick. Both fighters circle and Bader misses with a big right. He now works the jab and drops Schafer with a huge right hand. Schafer flops to his back and Bader is all over him, landing another big punch. Schafer tries to escape and Bader suplexes him back down to the mat. Schafer tries to escape again and Bader is all over him. Schafer seems relatively okay despite the onslaught. Schafer maneuvers for a kimura, but Bader is able to defend. Bader now inside Schafer's full guard. Schafer locks in an omoplata much to the surprise of Bader, but again, he is able to scramble and avoid the submission. Bader gets to his feet and motions for Schafer to stand up. He does, and the round ends just like that.
Round two: Round two starts and it appears that Schafer wants to take the fight to the ground immediately. Bader backs off and the pair circle. Bader throws a looping left and Schafer pokes him in the eye accidentally trying to avoid getting hit, which he does. Action resumes after a short break to check Bader's eye. Schafer lands a stiff right. Bader responds in kind. Bader looks a little tired and Schafer more confident. Bader lands a nice left jab that snaps Schafer's head back. And another one. Bader throws a wild right that misses and Schafer counters with a right hand that his him wincing. Schafer lands a left hook. Now an overhand right. Bader drills him with a counter right hand, but Schafer appears fine. Bader lands a low kick as the the round nearly ends. Schafer responds with a big shot and Bader goes for a takedown instantly, landing himself in a harmless guillotine. That's how the round ends.
Round three: Bader opens up the final round with a HUGE right hand that shakes Schafer to the canvas. He's hurt bad. Bader lands another big blow, but Schafer is somehow able to recover and control Bader in his full guard. Bader stands up and the referee sends Schafer to his corner to check out a cut on the bridge of his nose, which was caused by a headbutt on the ground. Action resumes shortly thereafter. Both fighters now in the center of the cage, angling for their shots. They exchange blows intermittently, but neither fighter is really landing much of anything. Schafer stalks Bader, but keeps eating a stiff left left jab on his way in. Bader finally goes for a takedown and gets it, landing in side control. He's not doing much -- doesn't want to lose an arm more than likely. Bader finally throws a punch from the top position. Schafer spins and attempts a last-minute submission before the fight ends.
Final result: Ryan "Darth" Bader defeats Eric "Red" Schafer via unanimous decision
Antoni Hardonk vs. Patrick "Get Hype" Barry (265-pound limit)
Round one: The televised action starts now on Spike TV with two former K-1-level training partners. Hardonk refuses to touch gloves and unleashes a low kick. Barry starts it off with a nice big lef-right. Hardonk misses with a high kick. Barry lands a low kick. Barry lands another low kick and Hardonk responds with a straight punch. Barry is wincing and the action is stopped because of an inadvertent eye poke. Action resumes and Barry lands another low kick. And another. Barry lands a weird punch to the back of the head and Hardonk goes in for the takedown. Barry in side control, landing bombs to Hardonk's face now. Hardonk eventually gets back to his feet and the two exchange blows. High kick from Hardonk is partially blocked. He keeps trying it but Barry appears to see it coming. Pace slows as the final seconds tick down. Both fighters head back to their corners as the horn blares.
Round two: Barry comes out with a big welt under his right eye. The kickboxing match continues to start the second. Nice left-right combination from Barry has Hardonk backpedaling. Barry drills him with a right, then a left, and Hardonk crashes to the canvas. He gets to his feet quickly. He now tries to secure another takedown to slow the pace, but Barry defends nicely. Barry sticks Hardonk with a stiff jab. And another. He drops Hardonk with a stiff right and he looks hurt. Barry pounces with two huge rights and the referee waves him off. Hardonk is clearly hurt. Barry, on the other hand, is on cloud nine, crying with joy. It was clearly a big win on several levels.
Final result: Pat Barry defeats Antoni Hardonk via technical knockout (strikes) in round two