The UFC's return to Detroit was, well, interesting.
Although the fight was close enough to go either way, many, myself included, scored the fight for Machida.
Regardless of how you scored the fight, it was an extremely intriguing fight for all 15 minutes, especially in the third round when Machida flurried and sent Rampage into the cage. After getting a takedown and moving into mount, Machida made an interesting decision to try for an armbar instead of trying to rain down punches and elbows. Machida couldn't covert and Rampage went to go for one of his signature slams but Machida smartly bailed on the move.
This fight was as billed: Power vs. technique. And it certainly delivered for a main event fight.
What's best for the UFC is that the disputed decision and how the fight went down leaves both fighters coming out of this fight in good shape, despite Machida taking his second straight loss.
Although the fight only lasted 21 seconds, Hughes throwing a body kick after Penn came out aggressive and blitzed him was one of the biggest head scratchers of the night (and now a source of comedy).
As for Hughes, you have to wonder where his career goes from here. As a competitor, I don't think Hughes will let himself go out like that, but once again, we have to wonder at what level he can be competitive at anymore.
Overall, UFC 123 was a fun show that provided some good action from start to finish. A very solid return for the UFC to the Motor City.