New Challengers Crowned | UFC’s Gamble Pays Off, Sonnen gets Silva and Evans Gets Jones After Tonight’s UFC on FOX Victories

January 28, 2012 7:56 pm by Pedro Carrasco

A lot was on the line tonight in the UFC on FOX 2 event. Both in the main and co-main events title shots where on the line for the winner.

Two of the biggest fight’s the UFC can make in the current landscape is the Sonnen vs. Silva rematch/grudge match and the Evans vs. Jones Grudge match.

They threw all their chips in on FOX tonight and put both potential title matches at risk, but it paid off and both Sonnen and Evans took home victories to earn their shots.

In the second fight of the FOX broadcast the brash Brit Michael Bisping took on the Oregon gangster Chael Sonnen.

Bisping was able to deliver on his promise to the fans and he gave the number two ranked middleweight, Chael Sonnen all he could handle inside the three frames of action. For the first two rounds Sonnen was unable to mount any kind of real ground assault and the few times he took Bisping down Bisping was able to quickly get back to his feet.

The two fighters kept a relentless pace throughout the entire fight, but it appeared that Bisping outpointed Sonnen in the first two frames of action using superior striking and cage control to earn the rounds.

The fight was close; the only decisive round was the third where Sonnen was able to maintain dominant position on top for almost four full minutes. But in the end much to the surprise of many Sonnen walked away with the unanimous decision victory to earn his shot at Anderson Silva’s title.

In the main event Rashad Evans proved his point and earned his right to fight Jon Jones at UFC 145 in Atlanta. He was able to outpoint, outwrestle and out strike him for the entire 25-minutes of action to earn the unanimous decision victory. Phil Davis opened up the first round strong using good speed, footwork and kicks to confuse Rashad early, but those kicks ended up being his downfall. Evans soon caught on and started grabbing Phil’s kicking leg to secure takedown after takedown and Davis seemed to be unwilling to abandon the strategy. In the end Rashad earned the division unanimously on the judges’ scorecard by 50-45.

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