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Roger Mayweather once told me “a fight is a fight.” And while losing a title fight due to an injury that the champ capitalizes on certainly is a terrible way to lose, a fight is a fight. If you were wondering where the kicks from Jose Aldo were last night, he also was injured. In the first round he threw one kick that The Korean Zombie blocked with his knee and seemingly broke Aldo’s foot. Enter in Jose wrestling and Jiu Jitsu which he used to handily win the first two rounds. Late in the third and early in the fourth the fight started to get really interesting, that is when the Korean Zombie started to loosen up and connect on some of his combinations, throwing a flying knee that landed vs. the one he threw in round two that missed. In the fourth round Jung threw a combination and at the end of the combo he dislocated his own shoulder. In typical zombie style he tried to put it back in but Aldo smelled blood. "Yes, I did see that he had separated his shoulder," Aldo said through an interpreter at the post-fight press conference. "So I kicked him and I tried to put him down on the ground to get some ground and pound." Jung had been off for 14 months due to rotator cuff surgery after the Dustin Poirier fight and he certainly wasn’t the move forward death machine fans had come to know. Both men fought different, more cautious fights than we are used and Aldo proved that the best can win, even when they are far from their A game. Aldo looked dominate and is simply one of the best in the world and while Ricardo Llamas is probably next in line it would have been nice to see this fight finish in a different fashion. But Aldo has stopped 4 of the top 5 featherweights in the division and a win over Llamas probably sends him up to 155 although Dana White had mixed emotions last night saying that it “was nothing special” and that a move to 155 is not in the cards right now “he is a featherweight.”
The co-main event saw a controversial win by Phil Davis over Lyoto Machida, a decision so lackluster that Glover Texieria is next in line for the title shot if he gets a win over Bader and this fight again calls into question what we call judging in MMA. Here is the scorecard for the fight giving it to Davis.
However here are the fight metric numbers that give it to Machida.
No doubt Machida needed to do something BIG to establish himself as a worthy adversary for Jon Jones. But he didn’t and for that neither he nor Phil get to be next in line. For Davis’ part he looked much better than he did in the Evans fight and that is great because the more he grows as a fighter the better the odds we might see him against Jones before Jon moves up to heavyweight.