Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Fights air on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view.

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Kevin Casey vs. Bubba Bush

A pair of regional champions meet up in the UFC’s middleweight division, as Kevin Casey faces Bubba Bush.

Casey (8-3) is the Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion and an alum of The Ultimate Fighter, while Bush (8-2) represents Jackson-Winkeljohn and won gold in Legacy FC.

Round 1: Just learned that Muhammad Ali is Casey’s father-in-law to Casey, interesting. Bush comes right after Casey, landing a nice shot, but it’s Casey who floors him with a combo. Casey pounces on the grounded Bush and is in top position, shifting to advance his position and continue with the ground-and-pound. Perfectly timed shot from Casey was the big blow, as he’s now knocked out Bush with a series of short elbows. Just rapid-fire shots from Casey and this one is all over.

Kevin Casey def. Bubba Bush via TKO (strikes) at 1:01 of Round 1

Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. Luke Zachrich

More middleweight action to conclude the Fight Pass prelims, as Guilherme Vasconcelos takes on Luke Zachrich.

Vasconcelos (3-1) will be debuting with the UFC following wins last year in Brazil, while Zachrich (13-3) dropped his debut to Caio Magalhaes in April.

Round 1: Feeling out process here to start, as both men try to find their range. Zachrich fires off a combo, but it is Vasconcelos controlling the center of the Octagon. All offense from Zachrich so far, as Vasconcelos is playing it close to the vest. Now we see some solid striking out of Vasconcelos, as he lands an uppercut. Left lands from Zachrich, who is getting off his shots just a moment before Vasconcelos can defend. Pair of jabs and a right from Zachrich as we head under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Zachrich

Round 2: Exchange of lefts to start the round, as Vasconcelos goes right back to controlling the center but not throwing much offense. Slip, but not able to capitalize and both men are standing again. Zachrich snapping off his jabs, and Vasconcelos has yet to try and bring this bout to the ground where he would be at the advantage. Just more on-point striking by Zachrich, as he continues to pepper the face.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Zachrich

Round 3: Vasconcelos is pushing the pace a little more this round, as his corner told him he is down 2-0 and needs a finish. Vasconcelos tries for a takedown, but is denied once again. Zachrich sweeps the leg and scores, but wants nothing to do with the ground game and allows him to stand back up uncontested. Some minor damage done to the face of Zachrich, but for the most part, he’s been in control. He now takes the center of the Octagon as we head under two minutes in the round and fight. A better round for Vasconcelos, but not likely enough to warrant the victory.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Zachrich

Luke Zachrich def. Guilherme Vasconcelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

George Roop vs. Rob Font

We’ll kickoff the televised portion of the card with bantamweights George Roop and Rob Font.

Roop (15-10-1) is an alum of The Ultimate Fighter, while Font (10-1) makes his Octagon debut riding a nine-fight win streak.

Round 1: Font with a nice right, as Roop is countering and using his reach advantage. Font gets in close to attack and Roop clinches, bullying him against the fence and landing knees to the body. Out of literally nowhere, Font catches Roop in the middle of the Octagon and lands. Roop goes out on his feet and the ref steps in. This one is all over in impressive fashion.

Rob Font def. George Roop via KO (right-hand) at 2:19 of Round 1

Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos

Back to the land of the middleweights with Chris Camozzi and Bruno Santos.

Camozzi (19-7) will be looking to snap a two-fight losing skid that comes on the heels of four consecutive victories. Santos (13-1) suffered his first career loss in December in his UFC debut to Krzysztof Jotko.

Round 1: Camozzi backing Santos down, as one would expect some big leg kicks from the Brazilian. He has tree trunks for legs, as they like to say, and is huge in terms of upper-body muscle mass – especially compared to the taller Camozzi. Santos attempting to press forward, but he’s struggling to cut into the distance. Front kick by Camozzi connects and here come the leg kicks by Santos. Camozzi with a huge right that lands to the chin and they clinch, but Santos gains the advantage quickly as we head under two minutes. Santos gets double under-hooks and has his hands clasped, but is unable to get the trip takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Camozzi

Round 2: Good pace to start the round, as Camozzi lands, Santos lands and the Brazilian follows up with a quick takedown. Santos on top, but Camozzi doing a fine job of defending and not allowing him to do much of anything. Short break to re-insert the mouthpiece of Santos, but not stand-up yet. Santos steps over the half-guard, uses a head-and-arm choke to get into side control and has two minutes to work. Santos bleeding from the top, as Camozzi lands a pair of elbows to the nose area. Santos working again for the choke, using to get to side control.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Camozzi

Round 3: Santos with a nice right off the bat, but Camozzi is the one moving forward. Front-kick to the body connects by Camozzi, as Santos works the body with a jab. Not sure, but Camozzi might be hurt or something because he’s backing up a lot and gets taken down – despite Camozzi using the fence to keep his balance at first. Santos controlling him with a body lock on the ground as we approach the two-minute mark. Camozzi gets to his feet, but he throws a knee and gets taken down with ease. Santos has over six minutes of ground control time to his credit.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Santos

Bruno Santos def. Chris Camozzi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Kenny Robertson vs. Ildemar Alcantara

The lone welterweight contest of the night pits Kenny Robertson against Ildemar Alcantara.

Robertson (13-3) got back in the win column in March with a submission victory over Thiago Perpetuo. Alcantara (20-6) is 10-1 in his last 11 fights overall.

Round 1: Robertson closes the distance, landing with a left and clinching against the fence. He’s got under-hooks and is attempting the trip, but Alcantara is working hard to stay on his feet. They scramble a bit and Robertson winds up on top against the fence. In half-guard with one leg trapped is Robertson, but he’s getting through some rights and lefts. Big right elbow lands. While not getting in a lot, Robertson is landing with more than enough to stay in this position and continue controlling things.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Robertson

Round 2: Alcantara fires off a good high kick, but it gets blocked. Right-hook does land for Alcantara, who follows up with another high-kick. Robertson comes back with his own combo. Robertson gets a modified takedown and might have a crucifix locked up as we head under two minutes in the round. He’s controlling position and hammering away with rights and lefts. Alcantara gets to his feet, but is quickly dumped back down. Full-mount now for Robertson, who takes the back, but is right back in mount with a minute to go. Robertson with a kimura, transitions to an armbar and back to the kimura, but he’s unable to secure the submission.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Robertson

Round 3: We have a low blow struck to Alcantara and he is hurt big time, as the knee completely landed below the belt. Alcantara with a knee to the body and Robertson immediately shoots for a takedown. Again, we have a knee that hits Alcantara low and he’s down, and in serious pain. We’re back, but Robertson has been warned about the low blows and could lose a point. Alcantara with a takedown as we head under two minutes, looking to gain control and possible a submission. Robertson reverses and is now inside the guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Robertson

Kenny Robertson def. Ildemar Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres

It’s main event time on the prelims, as former WEC champion Urijah Faber meets Alex Caceres.

Faber (30-7) was stopped in his quest to score the UFC bantamweight title when he lost to Renan Barao in February. Prior to that, Faber had won four straight since a 2012 defeat to Barao.

Caceres (10-5) is unbeaten in his last five, going 4-0 with one no-contest. He earned a submission victory over Sergio Pettis in February.

Round 1: Faber with no cornrows for the night, and immediately scores a takedown off a kick. Caceres right back to his feet and a nice little scramble. Caceres using his height to keep Faber from getting in close and staying on his feet. Caceres with a nice right hand, Faber goes for a takedown and Caceres avoids it by rolling across the cage. However, Faber gets back on his horse and scores a takedown, moving directly into guard. Right hands getting through from inside the guard as we head under two minutes. If nothing else, this is a great learning experience for Caceres.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Faber

Round 2: Faber connects with the right and scores with another takedown just seconds into the round. Caceres tries for a triangle off his back, but that is denied and Faber is inside the guard. Using his long legs, Caceres flips Faber off him and they are back standing. Combo lands from Caceres, as he fires off a lead uppercut and straight left. Faber takes the back, but Caceres realizes this and is able to get free. Spinning attack from Caceres and he’s opening up his offense. Faber with a takedown, but Caceres quickly gets back to his feet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Faber

Round 3: A concerned look on the eyes of Faber’s teammates, Chad Mendes and Joseph Benavidez, who are Octagon-side. Faber with a takedown and goes to the back, scoring with a rear-naked choke just like that. It took a little longer than expected, but he gets the job done.

Urijah Faber def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) 1:09 of Round 3


Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane

We begin the main card in the bantamweight division, as Marcus Brimage faces off against Russell Doane.

Brimage (6-2) will be competing for the first time since a loss in early 2013 to Conor McGregor that snapped a four-fight win streak. Doane (13-3) has won his last two and four of his last five overall.

Round 1: Doane comes out and scores right away, looking for a choke. He’s transitioned to the back and has his legs locked up. Doane has him flattened out, but Brimage fights off the rear-naked choke. Still, Doane quickly pounces on his back and has hooks in with two minutes to go. Brimage doing a wonderful job of fighting off the choke, but he remains locked up. Brimage uses his power and gets free, going right after Doane to try and make up for lost time.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Doane

Round 2: Brimage comes out strong, taking Doane down with a shot. Doane, though, gets right back to his feet without taking much damage. Doane switches levels and scores with a takedown. Just like the first round, Doane secures the back and is working to get his hooks in. Brimage uses his own wrestling to get back to his feet. Doane tries for another takedown and Brimage rolls, staying upright.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brimage

Round 3: Brimage with a takedown off a high-kick, but Brimage wants nothing to do with the ground game and escapes a possible submission. Brimage targeting the lead leg with some heavy, heavy strikes. He almost swept Doane off his feet with the latest. Now a nasty inside leg kick for Brimage connects. Doane pulls guard, Brimage on top and he releases, back to the feet we go. Good finish with his hands and feet by Doane to conclude the round, pressuring until the bell sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brimage

Russell Doane def. Marcus Brimage via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos

We return to the middleweight division, as Uriah Hall tries to put together a win streak against Thiago Santos.

Hall (8-4) is coming off a TKO victory over Chris Leben in December, snapping a two-fight losing skid. Santos (9-2) earned his first Octagon win when he defeated Ronny Markes in March.

Round 1: Hall taking kicks and punches from Santos to start, likely feeling him out to get a sense for the power he possesses. Spinning back-fist from Hall forces Santos to get defensive, throwing a leg kick in retaliation. Probably the most loose Hall has been since his early fights on TUF, as he is very relaxed looking here to start. Now, with each kick thrown from Santos, Hall is countering with straight rights. Hall’s leg appears to be injured, as he is limping around after the kicks delivered from Santos. He’s also checking the kicks now, a sure sign of an injury and/or damage. Left hook by Hall and he goes on the offensive, walking forward and hitting Santos with a huge right. Straight jab and Hall is showing excellent movement.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hall

Round 2: Hall has a broken toe on his right foot and the Octagon-side doctor seems dead-set on calling a stop to this one. He talked with the ref, but we are going to continue with the fight. His corner told the doctor it was broke before, but Hall comes out with urgency, as it is obvious they were just saying that to keep the fight going. Exchange of leg kicks and Hall begins the march forward yet again. Despite a broken toe, Hall’s moving pretty good. He catches a leg kick and pushes Santos down.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Santos

Round 3: Despite the doctor seemingly wanting to call this, things will continue – mangled toe and all. Hall with a huge right hand that lands. No idea how he is putting any weight on his injured right foot, but he is. Spinning back kick with the broken foot. The wound is now open and we have a break after a low blow. If the doctor gets a look at the foot, we might have an end to this one. Santos goes for a takedown, pulling on the leg with the injured toe.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hall

Uriah Hall def. Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexis Davis for the UFC female bantamweight championship

Our first of two UFC world title fights will feature Ronda Rousey meeting Alexis Davis for the female bantamweight belt.

Rousey (9-0) is a former U.S. bronze medalist in Judo and has defeated Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate and Sara McMann since debuting last year with the promotion. All nine of her wins have been finishes, including eight in the first round.

Davis (16-5) has won her last five, including UFC victories vs. Jessica Eye, Carmouche and Rosi Sexton. She also defeated Rousey’s teammate, Shayna Baszler, in 2013.

Round 1: Rousey comes right out and they are standing and trading. Overhand right from Rousey, who immediately goes into side control and lands several shots. This one is all over, as Davis was fighting with the referee for several seconds after it was over. Davis still isn’t sure where she is or what happened. It was nine straight right hands to the forehead before the ref stopped it following a perfect judo hip toss.

Ronda Rousey def. Alexis Davis via KO (strikes) at :16 of Round 1 to retain the UFC female bantamweight championship

Chris Weidman (c) vs. Lyoto Machida for the UFC middleweight championship

We’ve arrived at the main event, as middleweight champion Chris Weidman defends his belt against Lyoto Machida.

Weidman (11-0) won the title last July with a second round knockout of Anderson Silva. He followed that performance up by finishing Silva in December, improving to 7-0 with the UFC. Of his seven Octagon wins, five have been stoppages.

Machida (21-4) is a former light heavyweight champion and would join Randy Couture and BJ Penn as the only fighters in UFC history to wear gold in multiple weight divisions. He has won both of his middleweight fights since dropping down, besting Gegard Mousasi and Mark Munoz.

Round 1: Weidman with three straight kicks, showing another side to his game. He’s taken the center of the Octagon, but that shouldn’t be an issue for Machida. Several more kicks for Weidman, including a nice side kick that just misses. Weidman catches a kick, gets deep in on a single-leg takedown, but Machida fights it off. Weidman staying on top of Machida, applying pressure and keeping him from countering. Kick from Weidman is countered by a nice left out of Machida. Weidman with a kick to the side that nearly rocks him off his feet. Stalking forward is Weidman, who controlled the round from start to finish.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Weidman

Round 2: More of the same, as Weidman takes the center and is winning each exchange, keeping Machida up against the fence as much as he can. Counter right from Weidman, who finally gets a little aggressive and eats a body kick. Exchange of kicks to the inner thigh area, but Weidman again takes the center. Weidman scores with a takedown as we go under a minute. He works to a modified side-control, landing heavy knees inside the clinch.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Weidman

Round 3: Weidman looking to frustrate Machida now by keeping the jab out in front to distract him. Big, power-takedown for Weidman, who moves directly into the guard with three minutes to go. Weidman tries to take the back, but it allows Machida a chance to get free. Big right opens a cut on the forehead of Machida and he is attacking. Machida a knee to the body, but gets taken back down with 90 seconds to go. Blood dripping from the head of Machida, who gets to his feet and is free, but is a bloody mess now.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Weidman

Round 4: Machida comes out with a little more pep, landing a nice combo. He’s taken back down for a brief moment, as Weidman works hard to keep him on the canvas. Machida gets free and back to his feet. Left hook connects and Weidman is taking deep breathes out of his mouth. This is the first time he’s reached the fourth round. Another left lands by Machida and Weidman is now backing up with more heavy breathing. Machida catches Weidman against the fence and lands with a stiff right. Machida looking confident now, as he has Weidman busted open and is attacking. Stiff jab answer by the champion. Loud “Machida” chant breaks out as we go under a minute and he delivers with a front-kick to the chest. Huge knee at the end of the round from Weidman is answered by a shot from Machida and the bell sounds.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Machida

Round 5: Machida blocks and knocks Weidman down with a shot to the body, he’s hurt and backing up. Machida now on the attack, controlling the center and looking as fresh as he did in the first round. Machida fends off a takedown and capitalizes attacking Weidman against the fence. The champion appears to be seriously hurt, but answers with a huge right hand. Out of nowhere, Weidman lands again and Machida seemingly wakes up, backing him up with lefts and rights. Elbow to the face opens up the face of the challenger and he keeps attacking the wound. We go under two minutes and Weidman goes back to his wrestling, scoring with a takedown. The might have been the easiest Machida has ever been taken down. Weidman mounts, moves to the back and has both hooks in as we go under a minute. He flattens him out and is hammering lefts and rights. Machida to his feet and gets free with 30 seconds to go. Machida catches him against the fence and is peppering Weidman, who responds to bring it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Weidman

Chris Weidman def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (49-45, 48-47, 49-46) to retain his UFC middleweight championship