29 Jan Weekend in Fights! UFC on FOX 2 results
This Weekend in Fights was the UFC’s second mega event on FOX. The card featured two title eliminator bouts for the Light Heavyweight division with Rashad Evans versus Phil Davis and for the Middleweight division with Chael Sonnen versus Michael Bisping. All three bouts that aired on FOX were lackluster and uneventful, unlike the Fuel TV prelims.
The main event of the evening saw Rashad Evans and Phil Davis go the full five rounds, with Evans coming out the victory. Davis threw a lot of kicks but it was his experience factor that won him the bout, by outclassing Davis. Evans was able to control the pace throughout the bout, putting Davis on his back, improving to a crucifix position and landing strikes. Davis was visibly nervous and jumpy in the opening round, and fatigued thereafter. Evans was able to fend off the take down attempts from Davis, check his kicks, and connect with his striking combinations. Although Evans was unable to finish Davis in 25 minutes, he was clearly the superior fighter and won all five rounds.
In the co-main event of the evening Chael Sonnen defeated Michael Bisping by unanimous decision in a bout that should have been five rounds. Sonnen convinced the judges with his powerful wrestling and lots of lay and prey that he should get the nod. One judge even scored the bout 30-27 for him, which is baffling as Bisping clearly won round two, and the first is debatable. Bisping displayed great take down defense, and was able to control Sonnen against the cage and connect with better strikes. The third and final round of the bout was all Sonnen, taking Bisping down, taking his back, followed by a mount. All in all, an unimpressive victory for Sonnen as even he didn’t believe that he won the bout.
In the other FOX televised bout, Damian Maia took on up and comer Chris Weidman in a three round affair that displeased the live crowd. The first round was a lot of circling and attempting to find each others range, with Weidman scoring a few take downs. The second was all Weidman controlling with strikes, take downs and submission attempts. Maia began to turn up the heat with some impressive, yet not powerful striking combos in both the second and the third. The third round seem to be going in the favor of Maia after he scored an early take down, but once the bout resumed standing both fighters looked sluggish and fatigued standing toe-to-toe with both Maia and Weidman connecting, but it was Weidman that came out full force in the last 60 seconds with three consecutive knees, followed by punches and kicks to sway the judges in a split decision victory.
The Fuel TV preliminary card proved to be much more exciting with Lavar Johnson making his UFC debut in impressive fashion by doing the impossible in knocking out Joey Beltran. In Beltran’s entire career he has gone 13-7, with none of his losses coming via knockout. In pass bouts, Beltran always displayed an iron chin, and high threshold for pain, always going the distance in his losses in the UFC. While both fighters exchanged punches, Johnson cornered Beltran against the change a delivered a barrage of uppercuts that dropped Beltran in the first round.
Charles Oliveira made his Featherweight debut in impressive fashion, as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace submitted Eric Wisely with a rarely used Calf Crusher. Oliveira began delivering bombs from a standing position in an attempt to get better positioning. Oliveira grabbed a leg and attempted a knee bar that Wisely was able to escape, but with Wisely’s leg still hooked, Oliveira pulled Wisely back putting an unbelievable amount of pressure on the calf forcing Wisely to tap.
Also impressive on the preliminary card was Cub Swanson’s knockout of George Roop, in a fantastic featherweight back and forth striking bout with both fighters delivering great combinations, and an impressive hip toss take down by Swanson in the first. Swanson did a great job at countering Roop’s reach, and closing the distance in order to deliver his strikes. In the second round Swanson connected with a huge right hand knocking the mouth piece out of Roop’s mouth, dropping him to the ground before following up with some ground and pound to end it. (Full UFC on FOX 2 event results below.)
UFC on FOX 2 results:
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)
FUEL TV prelims:
Evan Dunham def. Nik Lentz via TKO (doctor’s 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 crusher) – Round 1, 1:43
Michael Johnson def. Shane Roller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lavar Johnson def. Joey Beltran via KO (punches) – Round 1, 4:24
Chris Camozzi def. Dustin Jacoby via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:08