UFC on FOX 2 took place tonight from the sold-out United Center in Chicago.
In the main event, Phil Davis squared off with Rashad Evans for the number one contender seat in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division ruled over by Jon Jones. The co-feature of the evening was a middleweight number one contender bout between Michael Bisping and Chael Sonnen. The televised main card aired for free on FOX and the preliminary portion was delegated to FUEL TV.
In the first bout of the FOX broadcast Chris Weidman took on top middleweight Demian Maia on just 11-days-notice and it showed as he fatigued earlier in the bout. In the opening frame Weidman took it to Maia on the feet and was able to secure a takedown to outpoint the round. In the second it was much of the same however Weidman’s pace slowed greatly and so did Maia’s. After a pretty even opening to the round Weidman ended the frame on top and trying to secure a guillotine choke. In the third round both fighters were obviously tired and the pace was stagnant and almost boring, for Weidman he took the fight on short notice, but to see Maia gassed was surprising. In the end Weidman walked away with a lackluster split-decision victory over the highest ranked opponent in his career but left the audience much to be desired in the process.
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 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. 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 evens 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.
Here are the full results for UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis:
MAIN CARD: (FOX)
Rashad Evans def. Phil Davis via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Chael Sonnen def. Michael Bisping via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Chris Weidman def. Demian Maia via split decision (29-28. 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD: (FUEL TV)
Evan Dunham def. Nik Lentz via Doctor Stoppage- Round 2,5:00
Mike Russow def. John-Olav Einemo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Cub Swanson def. George Roop via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:22
Charles Oliveira def. Eric Wisely via submission (calf slicer) – Round 1, 1:43
Michael Johnson def. Shane Roller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lavar Johnson def. Joey Beltran via Knock Out – Round 1, 4:24
PRELIMINARY CARD: (Facebook)
Chris Camozzi def. Dustin Jacoby via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:08