In a battle between two of the UFC’s young guns at featherweight, Dustin Poirier and Erik Koch put on a show to kick off the main card of UFC 164. After dropping Koch early, Poirier survived a near fight-ending triangle choke attempt to seize control of the bout on his way to a unanimous decision victory.
The UFC Fight Night 26 event is set to take place at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, tonight with former UFC champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua taking on Chael Sonnen in the main event. This event will also mark the UFC debut on the brand new FOX Sports 1 channel. The preliminary fights will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET on Facebook, then transition to the FOX Sports 1 channel at 6 p.m. ET.
Phil Davis earned the biggest win of his UFC career as he edged Lyoto Machida on the scorecards to earn a split decision victory with scores of 29-28 across the board. Late takedowns in both the first and second rounds may have been the difference on the cards, as boos erupted from the crowd with the reading of the official decision.
It has been a long road back to the UFC for Thales Leites. After nearly four years away from the octagon, the new and improved Leites used his hands to set up his takedowns and dominating ground game to control and batter Tom Watson over three rounds of action, earning him a lopsided unanimous decision victory.