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article imageReview: UFC 175 & TUF Finale — The champions retain and a legend retires

By Ratish Menon     Jul 7, 2014 in Sports
UFC 175 emanated from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night and the TUF finale happened on Sunday night, in a rare occurrence where the UFC treated their fans to two nights of great fights.
The UFC 175 was a night where two UFC titles were on the line in what was the biggest card put up by the UFC this year. Lyoto Machida went up against Chris Weidman, attempting to do what no one else, including a certain Anderson Silva , were able to do thus far and that is to beat the former Division 1 NCAA champ in an MMA bout. Ronda Rousey on the other hand, was set to face Alexis Davis in what was being billed as the battle of Judo vs Jujitsu. Rousey is one of the biggest, if not the biggest star, in the UFC and one her way to transcend into mainstream super-stardom.
The reigning champ Chris has had his share of detractors given the controversial nature of the results in his duels with Anderson, and given the tough challenge that lay ahead in the form of the elusive Machida, had the perfect opportunity to silence his critics with a win. And win he did! In what was the best fight of the year thus far, the two went at it and it was a war. Weidman was in the face of Machida, all throughout the fight and pressed the action and dominated through the first three rounds. While Lyoto may have come back with a flurry of his own in the last two rounds, Weidman did enough in the minds of the judges, to hold on to the middleweight belt. The young champ proved his mettle and awaits the next challenge to his title, who many believe will be ‘The Phenom’ Vitor Belfort.
Ronda Rousey on the other hand took just 16 seconds to dispatch her opponent and did it in such a convincing and brutal manner that one has to wonder whether there is any credible challenge left for the women's bantamweight champion. The much-improved striking skills of the champ was on display as she charged rattled the challenger with a right hook, followed it up with a knee and at lightning speed, took Alexis down in a picture-perfect Judo throw and pounded on her with strikes, before the referee put a stop to the action. It was a perfect show of absolute domination and throws light on the vast gap between the Rowdy one and the rest of the division.
The main-event of the TUF finale saw B J Penn take on Frankie Edgar a third time and while Penn had come out of retirement for this fight, the result showed that it was not the wisest of decisions. The legendary former two-divisional champion was completely outclassed in every department by Edgar who stopped B J in the third round with a TKO, only the second time in his storied career that
File photo: The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon
File photo: The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon
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BJ has been stopped. With the one-sided loss, Penn announced his retirement from MMA competition and brought the curtains down on one of the most respected careers in UFC history.
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