Fans of mixed martial arts were once again treated to an action-packed weekend chock full of fights thanks to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and DREAM putting forth a bevy of top stars in the heat of battle.
UFC 104: "Machida vs. Shogun" went down from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., and lit up the Internet message boards with its controversial decision in the night's main event.
Were we witnessing the Machida era? Or the Machida error?
In addition to the light heavyweight brouhaha, rising heavyweight talent Cain Velasquez silenced his critics by obliterating former IFL stud Ben Rothwell despite poor timing -- not poor decision making from referee Steve Mazagatti.
On the heels of Zuffa's latest pay-per-view, HDNet broadcast the DREAM 12 event from the Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka, Japan, just a few hours later. While much of the talk surrounded "Demolition Can" and his slap-chop inspired guillotine over James Thompson, international superstars Eddie Alvarez and Kazushi Sakuraba were also in action.
In cased you missed any or all of it — or just want to keep the discussion alive — below are links to all the major storylines coming out of both events.
Let’s get to it.
UFC 104: "Machida vs. Shogun"
Main card recap and post-fight thoughts
FightMetric stats analyzing main event
Paulo Filho forced to withdraw
Alistair Overeem calls out Fedor
Remember that UFC 105 is just around the corer -- along with FieLDS Dynamite!! on New Year's Eve for the Japanese scene. Keep it locked in right here at MMAmania.com for all the coverage you can handle.