UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman produced a gritty, composed performance to claim a unanimous decision victory over former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in the main event at UFC 175.
Weidman's successful title defence was built on the back of a dominant opening three rounds, where the American successfully closed the distance to his often-elusive opponent, landing strikes and scoring takedowns.
Weidman appeared to be cruising to victory after three rounds, but Machida came back firing in rounds four and five, landing flurries of strikes and having particular success in the penultimate round.
But it was too little, too late for the Brazilian, who dropped to defeat, with scores of 49-45, 49-46 and 48-47 giving Weidman a deserved unanimous victory.
More challengers from Brazil await, with the likes of Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza waiting in line for their shot at the gold.
ROUSEY'S QUICKFIRE FINISH
Ronda Rousey's incredible career reached new heights with a stunning 16-second demolition of #3-ranked Alexis Davis in their UFC women's bantamweight title bout.
Davis was expected to give Rousey one of the sternest tests of her career to date, but a solid punch, followed by a powerful judo throw and a flurry of ground strikes saw the fight finish as quickly as it started.
After the fight, Rousey said she was booked in for knee surgery, but may be able to return if required for the next numbered pay-per-view event, UFC 176 on August 2.
HALL BATTLES ON DESPITE BROKEN TOE
Former TUF finalist Uriah Hall showed his gritty side as he claimed a unanimous decision victory over former TUF Brazil competitor Thiago Santos.
Hall outstruck and outmanoeuvred Santos throughout the bout, claiming scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 despite breaking his second toe on his right foot during the opening round.
And on the opening bout of the main card, Russell Doane picked up the judges' decision over Marcs Brimage in an entertaining bout.
STRUVE FORCED OFF THE CARD WITH HEALTH SCARE
The heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Matt Mitrione had to be scrapped on the night after the seven-foot Dutchman was taken ill backstage during the event.
On the prelims, experience defeated youth as 'The California Kid' Urijah Faber submitted Alex 'Bruce Leeroy' Caceres in the third round of their bantamweight battle.
Caceres made a good impression in defeat, showing some good striking and impressive resistance to Faber's wrestling. But after two rounds of strength-sapping pressure fighting, Caceres finally succumbed to a rear-naked choke as the former UFC title challenger chalked up his 13th stoppage victory inside the Octagon.
And in the first televised prelim of the night debutant Rob Font claimed a notable, and spectacular, knockout victory over the experienced George Roop thanks to a huge right hook that turned Roops long legs to jelly.
UFC 175: MAIN CARD RESULTS
- Chris Weidman def Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (49-45, 48-47, 49-46)
- Ronda Rousey def Alexis Davis by KO (strikes) - Round 1
- Uriah Hall def Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Russell Doane def Marcus Brimage via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)