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‘UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie’ Aftermath: The Wrong Hands

(Photo courtesy of Josh Hedges/Getty Images.)

By George Shunick

If you dropped upwards of $50 on UFC 163 last night, you’re probably pretty frustrated right about now. This isn’t to say that UFC 163 was the worst pay-per-view in recent memory – although it certainly wasn’t the best – but that it failed to meet expectations across the board. The main event saw a fairly solid fight end early after the challenger, Chang Sung Jung, dislocated his shoulder and the champion, Jose Aldo, took advantage of that fact in brutal fashion. Meanwhile, in the co-main event, Lyoto Machida somehow managed to lose to Phil Davis despite landing harder, cleaner strikes, more strikes overall, dictating the exchanges, taking virtually no damage, stuffing 80% of Davis’ takedowns, and being better by virtually any acceptable metric. And while there were some bright spots from the other fights, it just wasn’t enough to overshadow that feeling that what should have been simply wasn’t in the fights we really cared about.

The main event itself, in a way, was hampered from the get-go. In the first round the Korean Zombie checked an Aldo leg kick, possibly breaking Aldo’s right foot. As a result, the champion was forced to call upon his other weapons. In particular, he favored the jab he developed prior to his last fight against Frankie Edgar. Because he’s an exceptional fighter, Aldo was able to still take the fight to Jung without his primary weapon, but began to slow in the third. Whether that’s because Aldo is getting too large for the division and was fatigued from cutting weight or because fighting on a broken foot kind of sucks, I don’t know. But Jung began to gain some momentum heading into the fourth round. There, as he threw a right cross, Aldo countered with a left hook over Jung’s outstretched arm. As Jung’s arm was exposed to the awkward momentum generated from colliding with Aldo’s hook, his shoulder dislocated. The Korean Zombie gritted his teeth and tried to pop the arm back in, but Aldo smelled blood, took him down, and unloaded with ground and pound. While it may not have been enough to stop a fight against a healthy Jung, Herb Dean noticed Jung was unable to defend himself and stopped it.

Messy as it was, at least the main event had a definitive finish. I’m not sure what more can be said about Phil Davis’ “win” over Lyoto Machida that hasn’t already be said. Virtually every media observer scored the fight 30-27 for Machida. Some will argue that Machida “didn’t do enough,” which is ridiculous. By any standard – if you argue Davis landed more takedowns, it could be argued stuffing eight as opposed to allowing two inconsequential ones is more significant – he did more than Phil Davis. There really isn’t any room for debate here. People will toss around the phrase “don’t leave it up to the judges,” or some variation thereof, which is an exceptionally stupid reaction to have. Fights go to the judges. When they do, the judges ought to be able to score them competently. If they can’t, they shouldn’t judge fights. Simple as that. Machida isn’t under obligation to change his style; whether or not it requires patience to appreciate, it’s undeniably effective. Unfortunately, in MMA, effectiveness doesn’t always beat incompetence.

With all that said, there were some legitimate bright spots on the rest of the card. Anthony Perosh had a stunning 14-second knockout of Vinny Magalhaes. I’m not really sure if this is a bright spot considering Magalhaes is a much more interesting fighter than the 40 year-old Perosh, and he’ll probably end up cut because of this, but it was a shocking, exciting finish nonetheless. Ian McCall got back on the winning track with a Fight of The Night performance against Iliarde Santos. And John Lineker made a big entrance into the UFC flyweight division (OK, catchweight division) with a vicious TKO of Jose Maria Tome. Don’t be surprised to see Lineker get fast tracked to a title shot against Mighty Mouse with another win or two, assuming he can make the weight; the man has legitimately earned his nickname “Hands of Stone.” (Sorry Sam Stout. “Hands of Polyester” is still available, though!)

Still, it wasn’t enough to make up for what could have – or what should have – been. Aldo will hopefully move up in weight after this and, as much as I feel bad for poor T.J. Grant, get an immediate title shot. Hopefully against Anthony Pettis. For Jung, he’ll have to work his way back into contention. Assuming he recovers well, that shouldn’t be too hard, although I can’t say I’d favor him against Frankie Edgar. As for Phil Davis, I doubt this performance will land him a title shot, especially as Daniel Cormier looks to drop down to 205 after his fight with Roy Nelson. Machida deserves a rematch, but he won’t get one. Regardless of how effective, intelligent and even artful his style is, most fans just don’t have the patience for it. And unfortunately, it appears some judges don’t as well.

Full Results:

Main Card
Jose Aldo def. Chan Sung Jung via TKO (punches), 2:00 of Round Four
Phil Davis def. Lyoto Machida via Unanimous Decision
Cezar Ferreira def. Thiago Santos via Submission (guillotine choke), 0:47 of Round One
Thales Leites def. Tom Watson Unanimous Decision
John Lineker def. José Maria via TKO (punches), 1:03 of Round Two

Preliminary Card
Anthony Perosh def. Vinny Magalhães via KO (punches), 0:14 of Round One
Amanda Nunes def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (elbows), 2:08 of Round One
Sergio Moraes def. Neil Magny via Submission (triangle choke), 3:13 of Round One
Ian McCall def. Iliarde Santos via Unanimous Decision
Rani Yahya def. Josh Clopton via Unanimous Decision
Francimar Barroso def. Ednaldo Oliveira Unanimous Decision
Viscardi Andrade def. Bristol Marunde via TKO (punches), 1:36 of Round One

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boomer- August 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm
and for the record, Benson Henderson is the biggest douche bag faggot ass socially awkward angel wing tattooed anus licking semen swallowing poll sitting bitch ass QUEER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tomas_86- August 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm
boomer, why spend your limited time on this planet to spew out hateful garbage when you have the choice to be a decent person and work for something meaningful
boomer- August 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm
good read, for you dumb fucking idiots to say a stuffed takedown doesn't mean shit are out of your fucking mind. you go stuff that many takedowns from a ncaa wrestler and tell me it's not shit! fucking ultimate fighter cocksucking FAGGOTS!!!! good article sir, it is an insult to yourself to even acknowledge a cum guzzling douche bags like these loose ass daddy fucking inbred toothless retarded ball sucking noob redneck pieces of SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
macreadysshack- August 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm
Two things . . . Firstly, I was positive that Machida won that fight. Secondly, Drano is a fair and misunderstood genius.
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Pen Fifteen- August 5, 2013 at 7:55 am
You must not be reading the same fightmetric as the rest of us, or you'd have noticed that they scored all 3 rounds for Machida using the very data you cite here. You say "and then there were those two takedowns," as if the whole point of the Fightmetric scoring system weren't precisely to correct for the overvaluing of ineffective takedowns that skew fight scoring.
Amjur- August 5, 2013 at 10:47 am
@Pen Fifteen, the point of my comment was to show that, contrary to Shunick's claim, there is plenty of room for debate. Unless you are advocating that we simply replace judges with fight-metric, it doesn't matter that somebody put a spreadsheet together that "proved" machida was the victor. Judges (or fans for that matter) will never arrive at the same statistical conclusion that fight metric's "Total Performance Rating" dictates. They can, however, figure out things like, who punched whom more and who took whom down (hence the reference to the fight metric strike count).
CheckHisPee- August 4, 2013 at 7:31 pm
Well, CP got it right, most of it anyway.
1) Machida won
2) It sucks when fights end due to unintentional injuries.
I'm not convinced Maria didn't blow out his knee though, so "vicious TKO" might be overstating, maybe. It's a shame Zombie's shoulder went cuz it seemed like he was starting to build momentum. Finally, Stann's commentary made me realize just how much I miss Joe Rogan. Also, fuck Jon Anik. I don't know why, he just rubs me the wrong way.
drainplugofideas- August 5, 2013 at 10:42 am
Jon Anik fucking sucks. He's a total lackey, be isn't even good at it. I think my biggest dislike is his voice. It's tough to listen to, and he's always toting the company line.
Amjur- August 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm
Shunick and I must have been watching different fights (and reading different FightMetrics). Davis landed more strikes than Machida in both rounds 1 and 2; he landed more significant strikes in rnd 2 and was 8 to 10 in the significant strikes department in rnd 1. And then there were those two takedowns; argue all you want about how effective they were, the fact remains they happened. Everyone bitching about how Machida got robbed needs to recognize that rounds one and two were remarkably close, razor-thin rounds. When that happens, it is not "exceptionally stupid" to advise a fighter not to leave it to the judges.

Moreover, I never saw Jung gaining any momentum. I'm a big fan of KZ but he was completely without offense last night. His shoulder dislocation saved the main event from ending in a UD.
RSparrow- August 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm
Drano, take your meds niggy and say goodnight
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm
gnite my other niggy's.
oh before I go....EAT A BAG-O-DICKS all you Machida nuthuggers , ha :)
Thumblaster- August 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm
So machida lost a decision everyone in the world thought he should have won except the judges and drano. It doesn't matter both of these guy's lost , the bald father likes exciting fights fought by exciting fighters, neither one of these guy's will move up in any rankings or get closer to a title fight in addition to being boring fighters they are also poor salesmen of their fight , fuck them both.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm
Look around ya bud. I am not alone.
ArmFarmer- August 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm
Drano, I think we aren't so irritated by your opinion of the fight as much as by your finger pointing. It's one of those "hello pot, meet kettle" scenarios since you are clearly as bias, if not more so, than anyone. I don't particularly have an opinion on either davis or machida, I just don't think you should win a fight because you barely managed to get a couple useless takedowns while the rest were stuffed with ease. Now you've gone and made me agree with pen fifteen on something too, so I dislike you even more.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm
ohhhhhhh but army-lad am I all alone in that "finger pointing game" or is it I am just more vocal about it. I think perhaps you protesuth to mucheth! ME? MOI? Biased? for who? davis? Have you ever, in the history of knowing me on here , have you seen me electronically blowing Phil Davis? OR are you saying I am biased cause I do not like Machida? If so you mistake my vocal PLEASURE at seeing fighters I do not like getting beat for a bias.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm
I agree, anytime you can agree with a 15 year old it's a bad thing. my apology's for this terrible thing.
Pen Fifteen- August 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm
So how many people calling you a moron would it take for you to believe it, drano? Just in case you have a tally sheet going: you're a fucking moron.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 7:35 pm
don't sweat it kid you don't rate keeping a tally on. but hey thanks for trying.
ArmFarmer- August 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm
At least drano is starting to get it. Fast learner, that one.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm
NO NO NO, hold on Mr Misanthropy, how dare you have a goddamn counter opinion to what the great powerful, almighty armfarmer has put down? Do you not know that he always right, how dare you say otherwise? And for GODSAKE do NOT chastise anyone else for being a Machida nut swinging homo, NO NOOOOOO it doesn't matter if his balls are planted FIRMLY on their chin, do NOT accuse them of it. Be warned.....or be called a moron by da-man!
Mr_Misanthropy- August 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm
This event wasn't that bad, if you took it in as a whole. There was a lot of solid action on the undercard and the main card fights were good until the co main and main and then they kind of fizzled out. The Machida and Aldo fights had moments where it looked like it was going to all come together but the participants just weren't quite desperate enough to really put themselves in harms way and go for broke. If Aldo was badly injured he was still pretty effective despite having hampered movement and the loss of one of his major weapons. A badly injured foot can completely stifle your ability to kick with either leg because if you want to kick with the good foot you still have to stand on the bad one. It looked like the Zombie wanted to press harder and go all out but when he did he got hit with powerful counter strikes and when he tried to mix things up with things like flying knees he was caught and reversed in mid air.

The Tome/ Lineker fight was a good back and forth battle with Lineker very nearly being finished in the first and coming back to TKO Tome in the second and Sergio Moraes's slick triangle sweep was definitely worth watching. 7 out of 12 fights didn't go the distance and out of the remaining decisions both McCall/ Santos and Watson/ Leites were back and forth wars. Although it was kind of frustrating and sucky Davis/ Machida was still better than Henderson/ Machida. This was definitely not a UFC 149.
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ArmFarmer- August 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm
After reading the liveblog and couple other comment sections I have concluded that dranokills is a moron. Simultaneously attacking anyone that doesn't agree with him with accusations of bias and nuthugging, while also making it crystal clear that he is a bias hater himself. Davis didn't accomplish shit the entire fight. It's not like it was a classic koscheck or hughes fight, where hes scoring takedowns at will, rag dolling his opponent, and scoring points on the ground. Davis barely did a damn thing the whole fight and got most of his takedowns shrugged off, and when he did manage to score a takedown he couldn't even hold him down. I'm even bias towards wrestlers and I thought Machida was robbed. The entire event sucked ass though, and Aldo is kind of a dick.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm
how disappointing. I recently have agreed with everything you had been saying and have NOT attacked you for anything. Why if I didn't know any better I would think that YOU sir were a Machida nut-swinging fanboy like the rest.......but I have enough tact not to call you one even though you have choosen this one thing we disagree on to insult the fuck out you for it. Machida wasn't robbed you are just blinded because "allegedly" there are some folks who would believe that the hair from Machidas "sack" is in your eyes......but that is just heresay, and not anything I would adopt in a conversation between us regardless of your cruelty to me. OH and once again I actually agree with you, the event as a whole sucked "piss drinking Machida balls, and yes Aldo is a dickISH kinda guy.
Thumblaster- August 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm
The arguments about this card are just as shitty as the card itself. Glad I didn't pay for it. As for the machida , davis fight... Fuck both of them, people can talk about how fucking " technical" they both are but neither fighter engages enough and both of their fights usually suck. I'm glad this shitty fight on paper turned out to be even shittier in the cage. I will never pay for a ppv. when it involves evaders and wrestle fuckers in the main or co-main event , i'll be saving my ducats for 166.
Get Off Me- August 4, 2013 at 11:45 am
Machida barely won the striking, Davis barely won the grappling. Grappling>Striking=mma judging since day 1.
I managed to sell two friends who barely watch mma to attend last nights festivities and they both thought Machida won. Machida is the poster boy for Draws in mma, I thought there would be a draw last night and with Hendo(should have been a draw at best with Shogun in the first fight too). If I am scoring last night, first round is 10/10, second round 10/9 Davis, thirds round 10/9 Machida, this takes into account the entire fight, Machida's flurry in the first=Davis takedown at the end...Davis outstruck and landed takedown in the second....Machida outstruck and negated grappling in the 3rd.
RSparrow- August 4, 2013 at 11:23 am
I always forget about the oxycodone rule, no wonder Lebens lost his last few
mookiestick- August 4, 2013 at 10:57 am
it looked likeJung to find his rhythm in the fourth round. I also kinda dickish that as soon as he separated his shoulder and try to put it back into place Jose Aldo grab them into a body lock around both arms and slammed the ground and again punching him. The fight was already over. I know they'll be a lot of dick heads to disagree with this. The protect yourself at all times excuse. if you're allowed to recover from a hypo or a groin shot I think you should be given a few minutes to recover from a separated shoulder or at least see if it's something that you can recover from.

I like the other media outlets saw the fight 3027 for Machida. I was somewhat split with who I want to win in this fight because Machida is one of my favorite fighters and Phil Davis what is in the same neighborhood as I do and seems to be a pretty likeable guy.regardless Fights are not scored on take downs alone (especially there is nothing done during it) Fights are supposed to be scored on effective striking, aggression, grappling and oxycodone control. Not take downs alone. I'll bet Phil Davis what is this shot is anybody else when he heard the decision. Even though he didn't deserve it, props to him for being a gentleman. Props to Machida for being the same. ttwo fighters who are respectful to the opponents and just are plane idiots like the rest of the field.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 11:03 am
HA so let me get this straight Aldo was suppose to just call time out and feel sorry for JUNG cause of his arm? Is that how it works? Funny I thought the rule was "Fight until the ref tells you to stop"
wait whaaaaaat? Machida was a gentleman???? REALLY? So you didn't see him whine like a little bitch during his interview? I see you and shunick went to the same school in Egypt..... DENILE HIGH!
Shunick- August 4, 2013 at 10:59 am
I upvoted this just for "oxycodone control."
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 11:04 am
Of course you did, you are as HIGH as he is.
Get Off Me- August 4, 2013 at 10:57 am
"Magalhaes is a much more interesting fighter than the 40 year-old Perosh"
That's what I thought until this morning. I bet on Vinny's upside last night and he just doesn't have it for mma. Good on Perosh though, since his return against Cro Cop at HW on short notice his record is 4-2 with no decisions(all exciting fights), he is officially more interesting than the 1-4 in UFC Magalhaes even at 40 yrs old. What a way o bounce back from his last fight...Aussie Aussie Aussie! that's for FBF.
Shunick- August 4, 2013 at 10:26 am
Drano, takedowns that don't lead to either submission attempts, dominant positions or significant strikes are not as important as clean, powerful strikes. Aldo worked after he took Jung Sung, and frankly he was winning the rounds even without his takedowns. Machida outlanded Davis, he landed far more significant strikes, defended four times as many takedowns as Davis landed, and avoided damage on the ground. I doubt the bias here belongs to me.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 10:57 am
NO, you are as wrong as you can be. A takedown is a takedown, be it the split second takedown that Aldo had on Jung or the one Davis did on Machida. Machida had more strikes as you said.....the proof is in the pudding so to speak, HE LOST! You are wrong. swing on fanboy.
beef_kurtains- August 4, 2013 at 10:46 am
Stuffing takedowns is not an offensive move. Stop calling out stuffed takedowns like it's equal to a strike. That's like using blocked strikes as a reason for winning the fight, "he didn't land any punches, but did you see how many he blocked!" Judges don't award fights for takedowns stuffed.

It's the successful takedowns that matter in the eyes of the judges...and they don't have to lead to submissions or GNP. A takedown is an offensive move that controls your opponent and dictates the action.

I'm not saying Davis won the fight, but your logic behind Machida winning the fight is embarrassing.
Shunick- August 4, 2013 at 10:53 am
I'm not saying Machida won because he stuffed takedowns. I'm saying Machida's takedown defence was worth more than Davis' takedowns. Why? Let's look at the actual rules;

"Judges shall evaluate mixed martial arts techniques, such as effective striking, effective grappling, control of the fighting area, effective aggressiveness and defense... Fighting area control is judged by determining who is dictating the pace, location and position of the bout. Examples of factors to consider are countering a grappler's attempt at takedown by remaining standing... Effective defense means avoiding being struck, taken down or reversed while countering with offensive attacks."

Defense counts. Not as much as offense does on an individual basis, but cumulatively Machida's takedown defense was worth more than Davis' offense. Also, look at what each fighter did as a byproduct of their grappling. Davis' takedowns led to virtually nothing. Machida's defense allowed the fight to remain standing, where he had the advantage.

TL;DR? Defense matters, it is a component of scoring a fight, and Machida had more offense anyway. I'm not sure what's erroneous about any of that logic.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 11:08 am
there is not a judge out there that follows that to the T. so saying Machida won is whats wrong with that logic, cause dude it didn't happen, he lost. Get ALL over it.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 10:10 am
Shunick you are machida nut-swinger, thus your writing shows it. How can you call yourself a writer and then allow your own nuthugging to interfere with common sense.
Did Aldo's take down each round NOT win him his rounds soundly? did you and everyone else NOT say so? Then how in the fuck do you NOT count Davis's take downs in the same fashion? Stop being two-faced and start being objective. Are takedowns NOT the most point making thing in a round short of a KO or submission? Little to no action in a round with 2 fighters dancing around each trying to figure the other out trading little punches and then having one take the other down at the end of the round, how is that NOT a win? Machida fans are upset cause their fancy dancer lost last night, much like the Silva fanbase......goddamn waaaaaaa!
Wangmaster- August 4, 2013 at 10:57 am
A takedown will win you the round if everything else is equal. Of course it will. Especially if it leads to time spent in a dominant position.
The statistics prove that in every other category, the fight was Machida's. Some people would argue 2 fighters circling each other trying to take the other down just to sit on top of them and blanket them is pretty boring too.
Either way, you're still an idiot. If you're too simple to appreciate different fighting styles (yes, counter fighting is a style) I suggest you watch WWE, no one will miss you. And for the record, I'm not even a Machida fan.
dranokills- August 4, 2013 at 11:12 am
no you are a WANG fan, and that tells me everything I need to know about you. You and your "counter-fighting style" have fun losing now you hear? Idiot.
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fucka fish- August 4, 2013 at 10:04 am
All these awful judge calls, lackluster matches and phony title shots are steering me away from the UFC. Jung had no business against Aldo, Swanson and Lamas would've put up a better challenge against Aldo's belt, Jung only got the shot because UFC is trying to appeal to the Asian market.