UFC 84 RESULTS: Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida



Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida

Round 1
Lyoto chops lazily at Tito's lead leg with low kicks. The pace is slow through the first minute. Ortiz's first shot is easily stuffed from long range. Machida stays away and and throws a front kick that misses the chest. The crowd grows restless as Machida uses footwork to circle away from his opponent. Lyoto lands a switch kick and slams Ortiz to the floor. He hops into side-control and bombs away as time expires. TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Machida
Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Machida
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Machida

Round 2
Machida scores with a kick to the body and a straight left. The Brazilian glides away from Ortiz as he rushes forward to strike. Lyoto continues to land with a low kick as he keeps a safe distance from Ortiz. Tito shoots and ends up pulling guard, but he is able to do nothing with it. TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Machida
Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Machida
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Machida

Round 3
In what has been the best action thus far in the bout, referee Yves Lavigne slips and falls as the third frame begins. Ortiz is sporting a small cut over his right eye. Ortiz comes close to scoring a single-leg, but Machida's takedown defense remains stellar. The fighters trade punches from the clinch with Ortiz getting the best of the exchange. Lavigne separates the fighters with 1:40 remaining in the bout. Machida lands a solid knee to the liver that collapses Ortiz to the canvas. Machida pounces but he can't put Ortiz away. Ortiz rallies and nearly puts Machida way with a triangle-armbar transition. Machida survives and holds on.

TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 (30-27) Machida
Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 (30-27) Machida
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 (30-27) Machida

All three official judges agree with scores of 30-27 for Lyoto Machida.

After the decision is announced, Ortiz walks towards White; points and appears to direct some verbal malice his way. He waits to be interviewed, but is respectful to the fans and the UFC on the mic.

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