Rampage Jackson outpoints Lyoto Machida in a Split Decision victory

Quinton Rampage Jackson made a huge statement by defeating the fellow Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida via a Split Decision, at the main event of UFC 123 in Detroit, Michigan.

Walking in to the PRIDE tune, Rampage showed up in an excellent shape, with sights on bouncing back from a disappointing defeat against Rashad Evans. Rampage opened the fight aggressively, headhunting Machida inside the Octagon. As for Machida, the Brazilian delivered a few leg kicks in the first minutes of the fight, but was mostly concentrated on figuring out Jackson’s striking range. As soon as Rampage went closer, Machida was looking for a clinch, forcing Rampage to lose valuable energy. I scored the first round 10-9 Rampage, for aggressiveness, Octagon control and more effective strikes.

Second Round continued the pattern of the first, with Lyoto Machida being slightly more aggressive. “The Dragon” delivered a good knee to the body, and a few well-timed strikes. But again, Rampage had full control inside the cage, landing good strikes and getting a takedown, which in my eyes, secured him a 10-9 victory in the Second Round.

We saw a whole different Machida in Round 3. Karate extraordinaire went aggressive, winning a brutal exchange with Rampage in the first part of the round. Machida took the action to the ground with a perfect takedown, before firing almost-successful Kimura and Armbar attempts. Rampage attempted to slam Machida during an armbar attempt, but the deciding “Dragon” released the hold, probably preventing from the fans to see Rampage-Arona 2.

Machida clearly won the third round 10-9, but it was not enough as judges scored the contest 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 in favor of Rampage Jackson. Good decision in my opinion. Machida’s style lost him a fight, as judges finally gave cedit for effective strikes, aggression and Octagon control.

Personally, I don’t know if rematch is necessary here. Rampage vs. Bader/Jones is much better for MMA, UFC and Rampage himself.

Photo: Tracy Lee for Yahoo! Sports

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ninja/ Ninja

    I didn’t think the decision was bad…the way I saw it was that either the fight was a draw or decision for Rampage, first could hve been 10-10 or 10-9 for Rampage because both didnt do anything really but Rampage was more aggressive and controlled the round, 2nd was Rampage and 3rd Machida

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/BigNog22/ BigNog22

    Rampage face when they announce the decision,priceless,hahaha

    Okay fight, some good action in the 3rd round,but and okay fight

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jizzle11/ Jizzle11

    Rampage deserved the win. 1st and 2nd were all Rampage agression

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Rigo/ Rigo

    agree Anton! 2 out of 3! thats just how it is in competition.
    and Jon Bones vs Rampage would be a big big fight!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Fletcherx/ Fletcherx

    I can’t argue with the decision AT ALL a buddy of mine was saying it could go either way and really seemed to have a hard time understanding where Rampage took both the first and the second. The third round was a shutout for Machida easy. But Page took first and second without question. This better not be considered a controversial decision and In my honest opinion doesn’t really need an Immediate rematch.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jamie-Kennedy/ Jamie Kennedy

    Rampage ALL DAY BABY

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jizzle11/ Jizzle11

    That’s right Crippla.. OUR BOY RAMPAGE DID IT XD

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Colktfo/ colktfo

    aggression doesnt compare to effective striking

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ishy/ Ishy

    1st,2nd by octagon control and aggression Rampage and I think rampage landed more punches plus a takedown, loyoto landed more kicks and better percentage hits so 3rd obviously Machida”

    Just glad to see RAMPAGE BACK!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HATEOCRACY/ HATEOCRACY

    Goood, that makes me 350.00 dollars richer, even though i thought i lost that cash.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMAMarco/ MMAMarco

    Machida finished the fight stronger but overall I saw the fight as a 29 – 29 draw. Machida needs to be more offensive or he will continue to give away rounds without a real fight. He is elusive but he doesn’t counter-strike as much as his reputation says he does. I also agree with Joe Rogan that Rampage needs to expand his offensive options beyond a solid boxing game. Rogan mentioned more knees and kicks but I personally think a stronger wrestling game from Rampage would really help his game (I’m talking a complete wrestling game, not just those power slams). I think it would have made the difference in his fight with Machida.

    I call the fight…

    1st was a 10 – 10 draw
    2nd was a 10 – 9 win for Rampage
    3rd was a 10 – 9 win for Machida

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/UnderdogGreatness/ UnderdogGreatness

    I think the Decision was a B.S one, however I can’t be mad at the judges for giving Rampage a nice break. He deserves it after all. Congrats to the Wolfman!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MVP/ MVP

    A well deserved victory for Mr. Jackson.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Postmortem/ postmortem

    totally agree rampage first two machida 3 it seems that people have figured out machidas gameplan and how to counter it

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Postmortem/ postmortem

    in the first two machida landed 5 strikes combined
    in both rounds rampage landed the more and the better strikes

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ishy/ Ishy

    Im a bit dissapointed in rampage for not using either his wrestling or his leg kicks more… He went for one takedown attempt and he succesfully made it and as for leg kicks as far as I’m aware he attempted only two, he has good leg kicks but doesn’t use them as much.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Partyboy/ partyboy

    agree completely with you anton, me and my friends tot the first round was close, but i gave it to rampage based on agression and him getting the better of most of the clinch work, 2nd round again was a clear 10-9 for rampage and round 3 was definitely machidas…i dont think anyone felt rampage could win a decision against machida and his humbleness was a credit to him

    as fot the idea of a rematch, i can understand what rampage was thinking because machida clearly won the last round so rampage mustv tot it had swung machidas way…in a couple of days doh when he looks at it again he’ll see that he won a well deserved victory, and nearly snuck in a slam 😀
    great performance by rampage

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/GoldenBibi/ GoldenBibi

    Machida won that fight… First round machida won..Second round a draw…3rd round Machida dominated Rampage… Blind people everywhere.. bullsh!t… Even Rampage knows he lost..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Partyboy/ partyboy

    your on another planet mate

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Lopresti1/ lopresti1

    yea but theirs somethin calld octagon control n machida was clearly not in control rampage was way more agressive

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Victor-MMAS/ Victor MMAS

    No… you are…
    it was cleary machida´s fight… i bet Anton, u n other guys had never fought at least 1rd ever.
    They-re trying to turning mma in something like boxe… so boring as… Machida were efective in certain moments… Rampage did not… even he knows that, white knows that.
    I dont live machidas elusive style, but i respect HE IS VERY EFECTIVE.
    As martial artist i´m really sad for the way its all going… miss pride days..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/BlueClearSky/ BlueClearSky

    Machida won,imo

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mma420/ mma420

    Close fight could have went either way im glad Rampage won though I can’t wait for Rampage vs Shogun II

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Tigerstyle/ tigerstyle

    I absolutely agree. Aggression does not equal efficacy. One could go in like a mad man and get countered all day. Lyoto is picks his points of entry.. Apparently patience and judiciousness is not virtuous in the eyes of the judges or the fans. Who is a more effective warrior….a sniper, or a guy with a machine gun running around spraying rounds aimlessly? As far as the scoring, I cannot see that the damage done in the third round could not outweigh Jackson’s dubious victories in the first two. When judging a fight, damage, and who ends up on top, should be considered. A fight is a linear and cumulative event….whoever has the upper hand in the end should be given points accordingly.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Garry_blackbelt/ garry_blackbelt

    lyoto only won the last round! rampage was more aggressive more accurate with his hands! their for rampage won that fair and square!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Pyronaut/ Pyronaut

    Efficiency can be counted, but the fact that Rampage landed more strikes in both the first and second rounds… It doesn’t matter how “elusive” machida is. Do you expect Usain bolt to do in there and run away from his opponents and win?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Pyronaut/ Pyronaut

    Errr…. Peoples wasn’t judging that one.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ogobska/ ogobska

    dejavu for machida this time its not his hand is raised

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mohawkblue/ Mohawkblue

    Rampage won the match – Machida won the fight … in the street sense.
    I felt the same in the Rashad/Rampage fight … Rampage looked overall more dangerous … buts that’s not how it’s scored.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mohawkblue/ Mohawkblue

    Round 1 10 – 10?
    I’m more incline to say 8 – 8 … or 9 – 9. It was not a memorable fight …

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mohawkblue/ Mohawkblue

    It’s probably good Machida got “robbed” … it will help undo all that shit from Shogun 1.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mohawkblue/ Mohawkblue

    Also, Dana should not rule out a rematch. Rampage was good but hardy impressive (compared to days of old).
    Would Rampage have survived round 4? …
    A rematch is marketable and warranted.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Azzkika/ azzkika

    Machida landed more shots in the first round if you include the leg kisks. He also put jackson clean on his arse at the end of round 2 with a left hook. All jackson did was come forward, land 1 clean punch, and kept busy in the clinch. Machida got robbed, but then he don’t ever seem to get good refs. He won a fight he lost and now loses a fight he won. I think maybe his patience maybe caused the judges to choose rampage instead, but overall Machida won.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Azzkika/ azzkika

    I disagree. A case can be made for Machida in both them rounds. He did knock Rampage clean on his arse at the end of the second.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Azzkika/ azzkika

    the pride version of scoring was far superior to the pathetic judges the UFC has.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Azzkika/ azzkika

    I agree Victor. Rampage’s face said it all when they called it. He didn’t think he won that fight, so how on earth can anyone else? they are blind.

    Someone made a good analogy of a wreckless machine gunner versus a sniper, and I think that was very true of this fight. I guess the UFC judging is still crap but we shouldn’t really expect any better. I’m not surprised at the decision because it’s a coin toss regardless of how the fight went when it’s in the UFC and nothings changed.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Thekilling/ thekilling

    i’m sorry, anyone who says rampage landed more shots than machida in the first round is ****in delusional.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Thekilling/ thekilling

    ugh i hate replying my own post, but just because machida backed up most, im pretty sure he landed more shots in the first round, especially if you count leg kicks? but i guess they dont matter anymore. the fact that rampage looked surprised at the end, should say everything.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Thekilling/ thekilling

    ugh replying again, to my own ****in post, but octagon control??? did we all just forget machida’s style? and how like that whole ellusive shit he does actually works? the only questionable round i would say is round one, but macchida landed more shots in that round.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Whitey/ whitey

    If you were to read my previous posts I was slagging Rampage hard. To me he’s looked terrible for his last few fights and I gave him no chance in this one.

    I’ll admit I was wrong and we saw a better Rampage against Machida than we had seen for a while. I agree with Rogan though if he were to mix up his striking a bit it would definitely serve him better.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    I don’t think Machida was robbed if someone got robbed is Shogun in the first fight.Rampage won the first two rounds and Machida did wath he does the best running like chicken

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Partyboy/ partyboy

    u know he slipped at the end of round 2 yeah?

    ah well, haters gonna hate

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jizzle11/ Jizzle11

    Yeah like partyboy said. He tripped. Those leg kicks were little sissy kicks, he wasn’t even hitting Rampage with his shin that’s why his feet were to taped. Yeah exactly Jackson actually tried to engage as opposed to just walking around and moving back for rounds 1 & 2. His “patience” was just him wanting to counterpunch, which is why the judges felt Machida lost because he did not engage really until the 3rd and also don’t forget that I believe it was in the 3rd, Jackson got a takedown.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Azzer12/ Azzer12

    Actually, that’s a common misconception – judges can give 10-10 rounds. Its just that they rarely ever do, maybe they are encouraged not to?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ripstic5021/ ripstic5021

    this fight was garbage, machida ran away for 2 and a half rounds and rampage got tired chasing him, BORING! just like i knew it would be, crap match up, a rematch would probably suck even more, id like to see bones jones fight machida and ryan bader fight rampage!!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Shippy4tw/ Shippy4tw

    For everyone who wants to argue about who was the more effective striker check out the link:


    Look who won based strictly off of numbers

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Shippy4tw/ Shippy4tw

    Anyone that tries to say Rampage was more accurate with his striking than machida is effing blind, plain and simple. The fight was a bit of a wash. Machida clearly wins the striking battle, rampage was more aggressive and did more damage in the clinch, while machida clearly dominated the ground game. And if there were a round four I promise you, Rampage would have been submitted or on his ass.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ripstic5021/ ripstic5021

    stop arguing, the fight was boring as hell and a split decision, no one can argue it was a close fight and hard to judge, get over it and move on, the fight was not close to being good enough to argue about this much, i cant believe some of you people.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMAMarco/ MMAMarco

    Yes Machida is a talented martial artist who evades very well but regardless he often simply does not generate enough offense. He isn’t the only fighter that takes rounds off and they all need to learn that if they don’t generate sufficient offense to truly win a round then they will end up with decisions being a draw or risk losing based on lack of aggression.

    In my opinion, Machida didn’t have enough successful offense to be awarded the 1st round. I also do not believe Rampage had enough successful offense either to be awarded that round. My opinion, fight fans who support the sport deserve better, don’t reward either of them. That round was a draw.

    As for the judges… I believe that because of the limited offense the cage-side judges scored aggression higher and perhaps they may be right to do so. Hence the Rampage victory because they gave him round one based on aggression in a round that had very little of anything else.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/GingaNinja/ GingaNinja

    Rampage was dominant in the first 2 rounds with more strikes and aggressive control of the octagon. Machida had a strong 3rd round but it was a little too little, a little too late.
    Trust my opinion, I’m a fight expert

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Shippy4tw/ Shippy4tw

    how does he “often” not generate enough offense to win the round. You’re talking about a guy who had never lost a round on a single judges scorecard until he fought shogun. Seems to me his style has never given him trouble in winning rounds until recently. I hate how people were in love with machida and his elusiveness when he was undefeated. One loss and he’s become boring. I don’t care what anybody else thinks, because BOTH fighters in the cage that night thought the same guy won.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HunterB/ HunterB

    no this isnt a common misconception, even when the UFC used to show the rules, it was always a 10-9 must system, sorry charlie