Although there hasn't been any real vocal opposition to the judges unanimously awarding a decision victory to Lyoto Machida over Gegard Mousasi in the main event (watch highlights here) of last night's (Sat., Feb. 15, 2014) UFC Fight Night 36 show on Fox Sports 1 from Arena Jaragua in Brazil, the bout was likely closer than the final scores -- 49-46, 50-45, and 50-45 -- indicate.
So let's take a look at the Fight Metric report, shall we?
Although Mousasi has Machida in volume in nearly every category, what jumps off the page is the fact that the majority of that is because "The Armenian Assassin" was working a stiff jab to the head all night long, especially in round five.
Still, the bout was fairly even in striking.
This is where Machida really pulled away, scoring with one takedown (to zero for Mousasi) and passes to half guard and back control. He wasn't credited with a submission attempt, but he dominated in this respect.
Easy peasy, Machida wins, even if it was closer than it seemed upon first viewing.
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