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Saturday, 01/28/2012, 07:56 pm

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


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

  1. tim says:

    Evans proved he deserves the shot.
    Sonnen im not so sure.

  2. mike says:

    rashad executed take downs and dominated and chael “won” because silva vs chael is a bigger payday than silva vs bisping and jacob lee you appear to be retarded

    • Jeff says:

      payday or not I wasn’t shocked at the decision, and if you’ve been around mma for a while you shouldn’t be either.

      Rounds one and two- VERY CLOSE- close enough that you should know that MMA judges could go either way.

      Round three- obviously sonnen

      NO conspiracy here. Close rounds can go either way, Close fights can go either way.

  3. Jeff says:

    25 minutes of

    stay out of trouble, do enough to secure a win, and get my shot at Bones without taking any risks and hopefully without getting another damn injury

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      Now, that’s not fair. Of the two KOs he had in his reel one of them had no chin. Rashad isn’t Hendo or Rampage and I think it is time Evans realizes that too. He and Bones don’t have one punch KO power like they think.

      • Jeff says:

        Rashad has power, it is his movement based style that makes his punches less devastating. Watch the highlight of the Chuck KO (they will play it about a million times leading up to the JBJ fight) – Rashad’s feet are firmly planted and he turns his whole body into it.

        He caught Rampage at a nice angle coming forward and put him on the ground, no easy task.

        Rashad has learned to box more and use his speed and agility to get in and out (think Edgar) to land shots without taking many, the trade off is that he has a little less on his strikes because he is being light on his toes.

        Good strategy? yes
        could he have put Davis away? I think so
        can you blame the man for taking the safe road to the title shot? NO

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          You are correct that he power is generated from your core and feet. He was very impressive deflecting strikes from Phil and dodging his head kicks. All that aside, I don’t think he is powerful enough to put Jones away. I also don’t think he is durable enough for Jones but I am not saying he has a weak chin. I don’t think he can take a Shogun beating. He has a chance to submit Jones and maybe that’s it. I was really surprised he didn’t finish Phil with a Kimura because he could have. Same with Chael he could have finish bisping but he wanted to win on points.

  4. Chartmonster says:

    Chael was a lil hard on himself bc it wasn’t his best performance but he dominated the entire fight and shut Bisping down and sent him back to the back of the line.

    • sandman says:

      good observation & summary.
      reminder to all of the kooks out there: chael is also a businessman / entertainer. his old school WWF antics are purely to ensnare new and crossover mma fans for the entire sport. so really, he acts the fool for us & to help the sport grow. you can tell at the weigh in that he didn’t mind bisping pressing his forehead against his. this is part of the show.
      bottom line: he is a competitor and his own worst critic (behind the scenes) and the best promoter in front of the camera.

    • mmaislandjunkie says:

      back of the line is for ppl who dont run their mouths, run your mouth make dana and the fans chuckle and squeak out decisions then u too might be able to fight for a ufc championship! god bless the ufc ranking system!

  5. Night-Wind says:

    Yeah dominated the entire last round.

  6. DBKlein69 says:

    to all u chael-haters………….

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :)

    • mmaislandjunkie says:

      to all the chael fans – haha thats who u expect to be champ?!?! anderson would have ko’d bisping similar to how hendo ko’d bisping similar to how wanderlei almost ko’d bisping. chael is ur great white hope of a champion? no champion should EVER have problems with bisping EVERRRR

    • Luke'sFather says:

      jokes on you, cheerleader, ur boyfriend is gonna get demoralized by the spider

  7. BJ Pencil says:

    just read an article on BloodyElbow about UFC ON FOX II not being the failure that a lot of people are calling it. yes, the triple header was a bit boring but we got 2 fights that have just been established that we’re all craving. the problem is that UFC ON FOX isn’t pulling in new fans that they want the Fox platform to do. they need to put the likes of sure fireworks on FOX like Cerrone, Diaz, Alves and others.

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      I’d like to see one more fight on the main card.

    • mmaislandjunkie says:

      agreed they cannot put two of the most boring fighters on one card, sonnen and rashad (phil davis is moving up the ranks too for most boring fighter), and expect greatness. put bj penn the diaz brothers jon jones anderson silva, put on your money makers! ufc is better off having chael do the side show interviews and having guys who arent one dimensional wrestlers entertain the fans!

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      You know the established guys like don’t take as many risk. They should also put more young and hungry fighters on the main card.

      • mmaislandjunkie says:

        established safe fighters u mean. other established bad asses dont fight like pansies i.e. bj penn, jon jones, anderson silva, and the diaz brothers.

        but u have fools loving these boring fighters like gsp sonnen fitch & rashad cuz they can brag about the Ws when their Ws are worthless cuz they dont put it all on the line!

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          Well that’s only a handful of fighters who could fight on a Fox card. They should put Anderson on UFC FOX 3 since his PPV aren’t the highest anyways. Someone who is consistently finishing opponents should be headlining. More WEC guys should be on FOX because they like to scrap. A fight like Frankie vs BENDO would have been perfect for a UFC on FOX event. Jose Aldo should Co-main next time.

  8. DBKlein69 says:

    mmaisland u say put bj penn on a fox card? are u forgetting bj quit and retired after his most recent beating at the hands of nick diaz? remember he started whining about not wanting his daughter to see his jacked up face? yea. so i guess we can forget about seeig him on fox. since he quit. hmm where have we seen that before? (ufc 94) maybe we can put in a fighter who wont quit after he loses. just an idea.

  9. DBKlein69 says:

    yea. because i mean its not like he ragdolled him for 23 minutes in the first fight or anything.

    remember guys, there’s a reason anderson and soares have been dodging the rematch. they know what we all know. chael has andy’s number. it really is as simple as that.

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