After visiting our friends in Germany and giving the fans a free show on SpikeTV, UFC is back in the United States and on PPV. Coming to us live from The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan, it’s UFC 123. As always, FiveOuncesOfPain.com will provide live results including a round by round recap of all the televised fights.
The action is scheduled to get underway around 7:15 PM EST with the first preliminary fight of the night. At 9 PM EST two fights will air live on SpikeTV and following the one hour special will be the PPV portion of that card, which starts at 10 PM EST.
UFC 123 is headlined by former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions Quinton” Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, both looking to bounce back after disappointing losses and remain in contention in the light heavyweight division. Also on the card is the rubber match between UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes battling former UFC Lightweight and former Welterweight Champion “The Prodigy” BJ Penn as well as an explosive lightweight showdown between talented grapplers George Sotiropoulos and Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon.
Here is a complete rundown of UFC 123 live results as they unfold:
Nik Lentz def. Tyson Griffin by Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Paul Kelly def. TJ O’Brien by TKO Round Two (Strikes) (Shown on PPV after Davis vs. Boetsch)
Edson Barboza def. Mike Lullo by TKO Round Three (Leg Kicks) (Shown on PPV after Jackson vs. Machida)
Dennis Hallman def. Karo Parisyan by TKO Round One (Strikes) (Shown on SpikeTV after Brown vs. Foster. Show again on PPV after Hughes vs. Penn)
Aaron Simpson vs. Mark Munoz
Round One: Despite both men being strong wrestlers, the entire first half of the round stayed on the feet. Both men threw wild strikes with Simpson landing the harder punches but Munoz hanging with him and landing power shots of his own. Munoz had success in the clinch with knees and flurries on the break. Simpson managed a takedown with about two minutes remaining but Munoz popped right up. A lot of clinching late in the round and more wild striking, which prompted the crowd to boo. Relatively close round but I’d lean towards Munoz thanks to his clinch control and damage in the clinch. Jeremy Lambert scores the round 10-9 for Munoz.
Round Two: Simpson managed an early takedown but Munoz got up and hit Simpson with a spinning backfist followed by a flurry of right hands before getting a takedown of his own. When Simpson got up and tried to break away from the clinch, he threw a kick that caught Munoz in the groin. Munoz was able to continue though. Munoz ended up getting cut on the forehead from an accidental headbutt. Munoz threw a lot of kicks and ended up catching Simpson with a clean head kick but Simpson didn’t flinch. Simpson took a knee to the groin but fought on. Another close round but again I’d favor Munoz as he nullified the wrestling of Simpson and did more damage with his striking. Jeremy Lambert scores the round 10-9 for Munoz.
Round Three: Simpson got an early takedown but Munoz hit a switch, got the back, and landed some big ground and pound. Munoz landed a good punch on the feet, which Simpson complained about, thinking it was a finger to the eye. The ref gave him time to recover and he fought on. Munoz continued to keep the pressure on Simpson on the feet, landing good leg kicks, and stuffing the takedown attempts. They got into a big exchange with about 30 seconds left and at the end of the fight but nothing connected too clean and Munoz looked like he landed the better punches. Probably the best round for Munoz as he really turned up the pressure on the feet. Jeremy Lambert scores the round 10-9 for Munoz and the fight 30-27 for Munoz.
Result: Mark Munoz def. Aaron Simpson by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster
Round One: Foster got an early takedown but Brown got right back up. Foster went for a jumping knee to the body but Brown used that to get a takedown as the first minute passed. They had a great scramble on the ground that saw Foster go for an armbar but Brown escaped and they ended up back on the feet. Foster landed some big punches on the feet and then got a takedown with about two minutes remaining but Brown scrambled and ended up with back control. As Foster tried to shake him off the top, Brown went for an armbar but Foster pulled out and spent the final 40 seconds standing over Brown but not doing much. Back and fourth round of action. Foster did more damage on the feet but Brown did more damage on the ground and had a close submission attempt. Jeremy Lambert scored the round 10-9 for Foster.
Round Two: Foster took an early kick to the groin that caused a quick break but Foster fought on. Foster threw a spinning back kick and then winced from the aforementioned groin kick but fought on. Foster got a slam takedown, landed some big ground and pound from the top and then caught Brown in a guillotine as Brown tried to grab a single leg to get up. Brown tried to pop his head out but had to tap out.
Result: Brian Foster def. Matt Brown by Submission Round Two (Guillotine Choke)
George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon
Round One: Lauzon had a lot of success early in the round with the straight right hand as Sotiropoulos had trouble finding his range and getting comfortable on the feet. Sotiropoulos tried to get a takedown but couldn’t succeed and eventually had to settle for pulling half guard after a scramble on the ground. Sotiropoulos finally managed a takedown and got the back of Lauzon with just under a minute remaining. Sotiropoulos ended up mounting Lauzon and went for an armbar but Lauzon slipped out and ended the round on top and landing a couple of elbows. All Lauzon early, Sotiropoulos mounted a small comeback, but ending the round on bottom and eating elbows likely cost him. Jeremy Lambert scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon.
Round Two: Sotiropoulos started to find his rhythm on the feet in this round but he still had trouble getting Lauzon down. Sotiropoulos ended up on top after a weak takedown attempt by Lauzon and went for another armbar, failed, but managed to stay on top. Sotiropoulos then worked for a kimura, locked it up, and Lauzon was forced to tap out.
Result: George Sotiropoulos def. Joe Lauzon by Submission Round Two (Kimura)
Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch
Round One: All on the feet early with both men landing leg kicks but Boetsch landing the better punches. Halfway through the round Davis got a big takedown into half guard. Davis spent over two minutes on top pounding on Boetsch with body shots and elbows. Boetsch was able to get up but Davis neutralized him in the clinch the rest of the round. Easy round for Davis thanks to his work on the ground. Jeremy Lambert scores the round 10-9 for Davis.
Round Two: They spent the first minute and a half of the round in the clinch with Davis controlling and the crowd booing. Davis finally get a takedown two minutes into the round and pulled out of a guillotine attempt to end up on top and in side control. Davis locked up a hammerlock where he put Boetsch’s arm behind his back and applied pressure to the point where Boetsch had to tap out.
Result: Phil Davis def. Tim Boetsch by Submission Round Two (Hammerlock)
Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao
Round One: Slow start with Harris jabbing few and far between and Falcao throwing nothing. The crowd was booing heavily two minutes in. The ref started calling for action halfway through the round. Falcao exploded with a flurry with a minute and a half remaining and hurt Harris with a knee in the clinch. Falcao got Harris down and on his back where he landed a flurry of punches but Harris managed to survive. Falcao got on the back of Harris and tried to finish with the choke. Harris tried to slam his way out of it but Falcao kept the choke on. Harris lasted until the bell and Falcao kept the choke on a couple of seconds after the bell. He claimed that he didn’t hear the bell. Slow starting round but Falcao was moments away from finishing at the end. Jeremy Lambert scores the round 10-9 for Falcao.
Round Two: Falcao exploded early in the round, Harris came back and tagged Falcao, and then Falcao dropped Harris with a knee to the body and another flurry. Falcao got on the back and went for the rear naked choke again but Harris fought it off and got to his feet. Harris tried hard for a takedown and eventually got it with two minutes left but Falcao got right back up. Harris went for a desperation takedown with about a minute left after taking a head kick but Falcao sprawled and rode out the rest of the round until they finally got to their feet in the final seconds. Another easy round for Falcao, he seemed close to finishing things early but couldn’t. Jeremy Lambert scores the round 10-9 for Falcao.
Round Three: Another slow starting round that had the crowd booing and the ref calling for action a minute and a half in. Three minutes in and neither man doing anything except for Harris throwing a reaching jab. Harris finally went for a takedown with a minute remaining but Falcao stuffed it. The round mercifully ended and the crowd let out a large boo. Almost nothing happened in this round but Harris was more active even though he didn’t really land anything. Jeremy Lambert scored the round 10-9 for Harris and the fight 29-28 for Falcao.
Result: Maiquel Falcao def. Gerald Harris by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Hughes vs. BJ Penn
Round One: Penn dropped Hughes with a big right hand, pounced on him, landed a couple of clean strikes and knocked Hughes out cold. Whole thing lasted 21 seconds.
Result: BJ Penn def. Matt Hughes by KO Round One (Punches)
Quinton Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida
Round One: Slow start with Machida throwing a lot of leg kicks early but that was the only strike for either man. Jackson tried to time the kicks of Machida and counter but missed before settling for a clinch. Jackson controlled the clinch and landed a good uppercut on the break. Machida continued to throw kicks and then move away when Jackson attacked. A rather slow and close round with neither fighter doing too much damage but Machida controlled the pace on the feet and was more active. Jeremy Lambert scored the round 10-9 for Machida.
Round Two: Machida landed a knee to the body and then they clinched where Jackson landed a knee to the groin. Machida shook it off and fought on. They ended up in a clinch and Jackson was able to get a takedown as Machida threw a knee two minutes into the round but Machida got right back up. A lot of clinching for the next few minutes with Jackson doing more damage to the body. Machida landed a knee to the body but Jackson came back with an uppcercut. More time spent in the clinch with Jackson blocking a takedown. At the end of the round Machida caught Jackson as he was moving forward and Jackson slipped but was right back up. Another close round. Machida was more in control in the distance but Jackson controlled the clinch and did more damage. Jeremy Lambert scored the round 10-9 Jackson.
Round Three: Jackson was swinging and missing early. Machida caught Jackson with a flurry and as Jackson tried to return fire, Machida clinched and got a takedown into half guard. Machida methodically passed to mount with about a minute and a half left in the round. Machida went for an armbar and Jackson tried to slam his way out of it but Machida got to his feet before Jackson could plant him with 30 seconds left. Machida clinched and went for a leg lock at the end of the round but Jackson blocked it and ended up on top as the round ended. Most dominant round of the fight for either fight. Jeremy Lambert scored the round 10-9 for Machida and the fight 29-28 for Machida.
Result: Quinton Jackson def. Lyoto Machida by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-29)