The two ex-champs finally showed up in the Octagon during the third and final round.



It still wasn't quite the burner we were expecting, but it did turn into a hell of a fight. The opening couple of minutes of the third stanza were a little tepid, but?at about the 3:36 mark?the Dragon caught Jackson with a straight left and followed it up with a savage flurry that was a credit to Rampage's jaw.



Quinton managed to perk up after turtling to survive his onrushing opponent, but Lyoto immediately grabbed the takedown and rode out top position for the majority of the last two minutes. Jackson did manage to threaten an Arona-esque power-bomb with about 40 seconds left, but it was still a clear 10-9 round for Machida.



I've got the Dragon by unanimous decision on my card, but we'll see what the final word is.



Sweet Jesus.



Quinton Jackson defeats Lyoto Machida by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).