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UFC 123: Razor-Thin Victory

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UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida – The Palace of Auburn Hills (Mich.) – Nov. 20, 2010

Rampage Jackson beat Lyoto Machida by the slimmest of margins in the main event of UFC 123.

Jackson beat fellow former UFC light heavyweight champion Machida by 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 on the judges’ scorecards. Jackson's late offensive flurry won the fight.

UFC was visiting Detroit for the first time since UFC 9 in 1996.

BJ Penn knocked out Matt Hughes in 21 seconds to win the three-fight rivalry between former UFC welterweight champions.

Maiquel Falcao handed Gerald “Hurricane” Harris his first UFC loss by unanimous decision.

Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis used the kimura lock to force Tim Boetsch into submission in Round 2. 

George Sotiropoulos opened the pay-per-view with a submission win over Joe Lauzon in Round 2, also using the kimura.

On the Spike TV pre-show, Mark Munoz beat Aaron Simpson by unanimous decision.  Brian Foster defeated “The Immortal” Matt Brown with a guillotine choke in Round 2.

In the early prelim fights, Nik Lentz remained unbeaten in the UFC with a split decision over Tyson Griffin. Edson Barboza won his UFC debut over Mike Lullo on a third-round TKO with leg kicks.

The other fights also ended in technical knockouts, as Paul Kelly defeated TJ O’Brien and Dennis “Superman” Hallman beat Karo Parisyan.

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