Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was crowned the UFC light heavyweight champion on Saturday after scoring a first-round knockout of title-holder Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC 113 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Rua overcame a pair of early takedowns to avenge his controversial October loss to Machida, downing him with a hook to the temple before knocking him out cold with a series of unanswered punches on the ground just 3:35 into the first, leaving no doubt as to who the better fighter was on this night.
The former PRIDE standout Rua improves to 19-4 with the victory and now stands at 3-2 inside the Octagon, while Machida falls to 16-1 after suffering the first loss of his career, snapping an eight-fight UFC win streak.
In the UFC 113 co-headliner, Josh Koscheck topped fellow contender Paul Daley in a disappointing unanimous decision to earn a title shot against welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and a coaching stint opposite GSP on The Ultimate Fighter 12.
Koscheck wrestled Daley to the ground in the opening round, but after escaping a rear naked choke, Daley returned to his feet and seemingly connected with an illegal knee to the head of Koscheck, who collapsed to the canvas in apparent pain and a point was immediately deducted. However, replays clearly showed the knee missing completely and Koscheck drew vocal criticism from fans, while the point deduction was nixed.
The rest of the fight saw Koscheck continue to control Daley on the ground, though he rarely threatened to finish en route to the decision victory. Unfortunately, the bout’s most-notable offense took place after the final bell as Daley connected with a sucker punch seconds after the fight ended, though referee Dan Miragliotta immediately stepped in and the incident failed to escalate. [Paul Daley Cut, Will Never Fight in UFC Again]
Also on the main card, Jeremy Stephens used powerful punches to edge Sam Stout in a back-and-forth split decision, Matt Mitrione dominated Kimbo Slice before scoring a second-round TKO with ground and pound, and Alan Belcher secured a second-round submission of former welterweight contender Patrick Cote.
In notable preliminary card action, Joe Doerksen earned the lone Canadian victory at UFC 113 with a submission of Tom Lawlor, while Jason MacDonald suffered a broken leg in his preliminary matchup with John Salter.
Marcus Davis, Johny Hendricks, Joey Beltran, and Mike Guymon also picked up wins on the UFC 113 prelims.
The official results for UFC 113 were:
- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Champ Lyoto Machida via KO (punches) – Round 1, 3:35
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
- Josh Koscheck def. Paul Daley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jeremy Stephens def. Sam Stout via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
- Matt Mitrione def. Kimbo Slice via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:24
- Alan Belcher def. Patrick Cote via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 3:25
- Joe Doerksen def. Tom Lawlor via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 2:10
- Marcus Davis def. Jonathan Goulet via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:23
- Johny Hendricks def. TJ Grant via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
- Joey Beltran def. Tim Hague via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)
- Mike Guymon def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- John Salter def. Jason MacDonald via TKO (injury – broken ankle) – Round 1, 2:42