Sunday, 29 January 2012
Experience of Evans Proves to be Difference
After all of the talk and all of the build up, Evans backs up every word. The new no.1 contender for the light heavyweight title, Rashad Evans, dominates Phil Davis.
In the co-main event, Chael Sonnen defeated Michael Bisping. However, not without controversy - many believing Bisping had the fight won, winning two rounds or even all three.
The winners of the two bouts would meet the middleweight champion and light heavyweight champion, respectively, thus meaning we will finally see Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans and the highly anticipated rematch between Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen, regardless if Sonnen deserved the win against Bisping.
In the latter fight, Bisping had showcased his far superior striking, kicks and overall stand-up game. Sonnen did manage to secure a takedown or two in the first two rounds but Bisping wasn’t on his back for long, wall walking and getting the contest back where he wanted.
In the third and final round we saw Sonnen take Bisping down and take his back and even transition into full mount to what seemingly looked like an attempted arm triangle choke.
It’s no secret that the Brits of mixed martial arts aren’t great at wrestling (we don’t have wrestling in schools here!) yet Bisping still achieved a take down late in the round on one of the best wrestlers in the UFC.
So, from the little damage Sonnen did to The Count, you would think it was going to be a decision victory for Bisping. Great stand-up, good take down and submission defence and a take down for himself.
The winner via unanimous decision - Chael Sonnen. Not only did a lot of people including myself think this decision was wrong, but a judge actually scored it 30-27 for Sonnen. In my opinion, the striking and the defence edge over the one take down. Then again, you should never leave it in the hands of the judges.
Tough break for Bisping, yet I’m ridiculously excited for the rematch of Silva vs. Sonnen for the middleweight strap. This time - in Brazil. Can you imagine if Sonnen won in Silva’s home country after all the trash talk he’s been giving Brazil? Easier said than done.
It was main event time and the no.1 contendership for the light heavyweight championship was on the line, as two world class wrestlers clashed.
The unbeaten Phil Davis was coming into the bout with a huge amount of confidence, and why shouldn’t he? He was unbeaten. That was until Rashad Evans got his hands on him.
Rashad had the upper hand, not just with experience but with his excellent striking. Rashad didn’t manage to land anything too significant but showed how his wrestling is far greater than Davis’.
Davis had the reach advantage but couldn’t do anything with it with Rashad having good head movement and being extensively faster.
The five rounds were dominated by Rashad Evans and a real eye opener for Phil Davis. It almost seemed like Davis was the perfect warm-up fight for Jon Jones.
UFC 145 is the expected event for Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans for the light heavyweight championship.
Main card results:
Chris Weidman def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision.
Chael Sonnen def. Michael Bisping via unanimous decision.
Rashad Evans def. Phil Davis via unanimous decision.
Prelim card results:
Lavar Johnson def. Joey Beltran via KO (punches) in round 1.
Michael Johnson def. Shane Roller via unanimous decision.
Charles Oliveira def. Eric Wisely via submission (calf slicer) in round 1.
Cub Swanson def. George Roop via TKO (punches) in round 2.
Mike Russow def. John-Olav Einemo via unanimous decision.
Evan Dunham def. Nik Lentz via TKO (doctor stoppage) in round 2.
Fight of the Night: Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz
Knockout of the Night: Lavar Johnson
Submission of the Night: Charles Oliveira