The first round was a typical Lyoto Machida start - the Brazilian went through a feeling out process where he circled Weidman early on. A telling moment came in the midway point of the round when Weidman failed to take Machida down after a single attempt. The American would soon focus on his striking game, where he found modest success and timed his shots well against the expert counter-striker.
The second round saw a more menacing Weidman, as he maintained remarkable cage control against Machida and limited the Brazilian's space. Although the action was minimal, Weidman finally cornered Machida late in the round, took him down and maintained him against the cage.
The champ increased the pressure significantly in the third round, as he mixed in a takedown with his strikes. Weidman forced open a cut on Machida's face and then proceeded to dominate him on the ground before allowing him up in the final seconds of the round.
Midway through the fourth round Machida round his range and tagged Weidman with several shots that appeared to have rocked the champion and proceeded to pepper him with an array of kicks and punches. While the American was in uncharted waters for the first time in his career, Machida continued to grow in confidence.
With the crowd behind him in the fifth round, Machida proceeded to stuff Weidman's takedown and continued to overwhelm him with unorthodox strikes. The champion got a late burst of energy hit several hard knees and elbows that staggered Machida before taking him down with two minutes to go. It would prove to be enough, as he would defend his title via unanimous decision.
Official Result: Chris Weidman def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (49-45, 48-47, 49-46)