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Evans dominates Davis, Sonnen bests Bisping at UFC on FOX 2 to earn respective title shots

The UFC is back on network television tonight, looking to ride the momentum of a huge week for FOX and cap off a busy January for the organization. Coming to us live from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, it’s UFC on FOX 2. As always, will provide complete results including a round by round recap of all the live action.

Things kick off at 4:30PM EST with one preliminary fight. Then at 5PM EST the rest of the prelims will air on FuelTV. Finally, at 8PM EST, the main card goes live on FOX.

UFC on FOX 2 is headlined by a light heavyweight clash with title implication as former champion Rashad Evans looks to earn a shot at current champ Jon Jones. But first he has to get past the undefeated Phil Davis. Also on the card is a middleweight battle between Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping, with the winner facing champion Anderson Silva later this year. Plus jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia takes on top prospect Chris Weidman in another middleweight showdown.


Chris Camozzi def. Dustin Jacoby via Submission Round 3 (Guillotine Choke)


Joey Beltran vs. Lavar Johnson

Round One: Johnson rocked Beltran early with a body shot but Beltran clinched up. Johnson roughed up Beltran in the clinch a bit before the break. At distance, Johnson used his jab and leg kicks well while Beltran threw wild punches and went for sloppy takedowns. Beltran continued to move forward with reckless abandon while Johnson moved well and pecked him with the jab. Johnson rocked him with an uppercut and then followed it up with a series of uppercuts that eventually put Beltran out cold. Johnson has some heavy hands if nothing else.

Result: Lavar Johnson def. Joey Beltran via KO Round 1 (Uppercuts)

Shane Roller vs. Michael Johnson

Round One: Roller worked hard for a number of takedowns early but Johnson stuffed them with relative ease. On the feet, Johnson is using his speed and straight punches to better Roller striking. Johnson did a nice job throwing on every clinch break and damaging Roller. Johnson scored with a flying knee and a couple of punches behind it at the end of the round. A very good first round for Johnson, who was light on his feet, stuffing the takedown, and landing the cleaner strikes. He takes it 10-9.

Round Two: Roller came out a bit more aggressive in the second and started finding the chin of Johnson with his strikes. Johnson started looking for the takedown in this round and he eventually got it about halfway through the round. Johnson scored with some elbows on the ground but Roller got to his feet without taking much damage. Back on the feet, Roller landed some good power strikes that forced Johnson to clinch up again. Johnson stunned Roller with a knee followed by a straight right and then fended off the takedown as the round ended. A closer second round, but one that still favored Johnson slightly 10-9.

Round Three: Johnson opened the round well with strikes but Roller pressed forward, got a takedown, and took the back of Johnson. Roller pounded away and was warned for hitting the back of the head. Roller started picking his shots better and looked for the rear naked choke but Johnson defended well. Roller continued to land strikes to soften up Johnson and open up the choke but Johnson fought free and spun on top of Roller. Johnson landed some good elbows from the top before deciding to stand up. Johnson caught Roller with a kick to the groin, which caused a break but Roller fought on. They exchanged at the end of the round with Roller landing the cleaner strikes. A good final frame for Roller, who takes it 10-9, but still loses the fight on my card 29-28.

Result: Michael Johnson def. Shane Roller via Unanimous Decision

Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely

Round One: Oliveira got a takedown off a kick, stood in the guard of Wisely, and rained down punches before dropping down for a heel hook. Wiseley escaped but Oliveira transitioned into a calf slicer, took the back of Wiseley, and forced him to tap out. Tremendous submission victory for Oliveira.

Result: Charles Oliveira def. Eric Wisely via Submission Round 1 (Calf Slicer)

George Roop vs. Cub Swanson

Round One: Roop did a nice job using his reach early and throwing a lot of leg kicks. Swanson pressed forward wildly with the right hand and tagged Roop on the chin, but Roop stayed calm and fired back. Roop scoring a lot with the body kick. Swanson connecting with the right hand. Roop went for a takedown but Swanson stuffed it and then his a beautiful judo throw to put Roop on his back. Roop got up without taking much damage though. Swanson got another takedown but an ate up kick before Roop got up again. Very close first round but Swanson seemed to land the more effective strikes, plus he scored a few takedowns. 10-9 Swanson.

Round Two: Roop once again used his kicks to keep the distance and this round started using knees when Swanson would get inside. Swanson throwing some good leg kicks of his own in this round. Swanson dropped Roop with a big right hand, which also knocked his mouthpiece out, and then followed it up on the ground with a flurry of strikes before the referee jumped in to stop things. Sick right by Swanson.

Result: Cub Swanson def. George Roop via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)

John Olav Einemo vs. Mike Russow

Round One: Russow scored with an early takedown but Einemo was up without taking much damage. Einemo got the better of things standing, wich caused Russow to constantly look for the takedown. Einemo blocked most of them and in the clinch made Russow pay with knees to the body. Russow eventually got another takedown but couldn’t do anything with it as Einemo showed a good defensive guard. In the final seconds of the round, Einemo swept Russow over into full mount. Russow got takedowns but did nothing with them while Einemo did more overall damage. I’m giving it 10-9 to Einemo.

Round Two: Russow got another quick takedown but didn’t do much with it. Einemo wasn’t very active from the bottom though as far as doing damage or going for submissions. Russow landed very little, but he was on top the majority of the round. Not a great round in terms of action but good enough for Russow, who takes it 10-9.

Round Three: Einemo landed a series of good knees at Russow tried to close the distance but was eventually put on his back thanks to the wrestling of Russow. Russow once again stayed just busy enough not to get stood up but didn’t do a ton of damage. With just under 2 minutes remaining the ref did stand them up. Einemo looked for the knees, and connected, but Russow fought through and got another takedown. More ground control by Russow. Not a great fight as both men gassed and Russow was content on just playing control. Russow takes the last round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 on my card.

Result: Mike Russow def. Jon Olav Einemo via Unanimous Decision

Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz

Round One: Dunham moving well and countering with the right while Lentz is establishing the leg kick. Lentz got a takedown but Dunham was right back up. Dunham scoring with the one-two but Lentz hanging in there and firing back. Lent got a big takedown but Dunham was right back up again. Dunham almost locked on a guillotine as Lentz went for a takedown but Lentz avoided it. Dunham landed some good short elbows in the clinch. Dunham landed a takedown near the end of the round but didn’t do too much with it. Close round but Dunham edge it out with the more damaging shots. 10-9 Dunham.

Round Two: Dunham got an immediate takedown to start the round and passed to side control for a short period but Lentz was able to scramble to his feet and land a series of uppercuts in the clinch. Both men landed in a wild flurry although Dunham seemed to get the better of the exchange. Lentz went for a takedown but Dunham stuffed it and put him on his back. Dunham tried to lock on a guillotine, Lentz got out, but Dunham remained on top and battering Lentz with punches and elbows. Lentz’s left eye is a mess as he gets to his feet. Dunham stuffs one final takedown at the bell. Good round for Dunham, who really battered Lentz on the ground and take the round 10-9.

Between rounds the doctor stops the fight as Lentz’s eye has swollen shut.

Result: Evan Dunham def. Nik Lentz via TKO Round 2 (Doctor Stoppage)


Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman

Round One: Both men trying to find the range early. Maia scoring with the knee when Weidman moves in. Maia really winging his left hand while Weidman is looking for the straight right. Weidman doing well with the counters and avoiding the left of Maia. Weidman scores with a takedown but Maia immediately gets up and presses forward with strikes. Some more swinging and missing as the round ends. Kind of a sloppy sparring match on the feet for the most part, but a slight edge to Weidman, 10-9.

Round Two: Weidman gets a takedown but Maia once again immediately up. Weidman doing a nice job countering the kicks of Maia with kicks of his own. Maia still looking for the left but not finding a home for it. Crowd growing restless as neither man is really putting anything together on the feet. Maia stuffs a takedown and then scores with a decent flurry. Weidman scores with a late round takedown and tries for a guillotine choke but the round ends. Another good, but lackluster round, but Weidman who takes it 10-9.

Round Three: Weidman gets an easy takedown early but Maia gets up again. Maia lands a decent flurry but Weidman comes back with a flurry of his own. Both men are badly gassed. Weidman stuffs a very sloppy shot by Maia. Some sloppy exchanges by both men as they’re both very tired. The crowd booing heavily. Maia trying for takedowns but they’re not even close. Weidman lands some good knees in the clinch. Weidman rallies at the end with some slow and ineffective punches. Well, this fight was not very good, but Weidman took the third 10-9 and the fight 30-27.

Result: Chris Weidman def. Demian Maia via Split Decision

Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping

Round One: Sonnen gets an immediate takedown but Bisping was quickly up. Bisping lands a good combo and Sonnen is right back on him in the clinch and puts him back down. Sonnen lands some good punches before Bisping works back to his feet. Bisping tries a takedown but Sonnen stuffs it. Sonnen controlling the clinch and putting Bisping against the cage. Bisping reverses it and breaks away but Sonnen is right back on him. Bisping landing some good punches when he’s able to free himself but Sonnen won’t let him rest. Bisping doing a nice job turning the clinch around on Sonnen though. A very close and competitive round with a slight edge to Bisping, who did more damage. 10-9 Bisping.

Round Two: Sonnen again clinches quickly but Bisping doing a nice job turning the clinch around and controlling the position along the cage. They break and throw some wild punches, with Bisping connecting more than Sonnen. Sonnen gets a takedown and lands a couple of shots before Bisping is up again. Bisping continues to score on the feet and control the clinch along the cage. Bisping lands some short strikes in the clinch. They break and throw some more wild strikes that miss. Another close round and again I’m giving a slight edge to Bisping 10-9. Both rounds could go either way though.

Round Three: Sonnen gets a quick takedown, lands some ground and pound, and gets the back of Bisping as Bisping tries to get up. Sonnen gets the hooks in and rolls Bisping over. Sonnen moves to mount but Bisping does a nice job hip escaping to half guard and then full guard. Bisping finally gets to his feet with 30 seconds left but Sonnen stays on him in the clinch. Bisping scores a takedown and the end of the round and lands a couple of elbows. The most dominant of any of the three rounds and it’s 10-9 Sonnen, but I have the fight 29-28 Bisping. Could go either way though.

Result: Chael Sonnen def. Michael Bisping via Unanimous Decision

Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis

Round One: Davis opens up with some good leg kicks. Evans stuffs a takedown and catches Davis on the way up. Evans trying to find his range with the lanky Davis. Evans catches a kick and gets a takedown. Evans moves to the mounted crucifix and rains down punches as Davis wiggles around and tries to get out. Davis escapes as the round ends. A slow start but Evans definitely takes the round 10-9 with his control and damage on the ground.

Round Two: Davis looks nervous on his feet to start the round while Evans is just sitting back and waiting for his opening. Evans presses forward and scores with a couple of good right hands. Evans winning every exchange when the two are in the pocket. Evans got another takedown off a body kick at the end of the round and rained down punches until the horn sounded. Another effective round for Evans, who takes it 10-9.

Round Three: Davis tries an early takedown but Evans stuffs it. Davis fights forward and gets a partial takedown but Evans explodes and gets Davis on his back. Evans takes the back of Davis but Davis gets up to his feet. Evans lands an uppercut in the clinch and Davis just dropped to his knees for a weak takedown. Davis looks very frustrated. Evans does some good dirty boxing but gets a little too aggressive and Davis gets a takedown. Evans gets up but Davis stays on him in the clinch and rides out the round. Probably the best round of the fight for Davis, but Evans still took it as he did the most damage. 10-9 Evans.

Round Four: Evans welling working his counter jab in this round. Davis seems to be looking for one big punch and it’s just not there. Evans stuffs a takedown and gets back side control on Davis. Davis works to his feet but Evans makes him pay with some punches. Evans tags Davis with a right hand near the end of the round and then lands a coupe more before the horn. All Evans, all the time. 10-9 Evans.

Round Five: Evans still working the counter jab. Evans catches another body kick and lands a good right that hurts Davis before taking him down again. Evans lands some good punches on the ground but Davis gets to his feet. Evans continues to get the better of Davis striking and Davis is failing on every takedown attempt. Evans lands some good right hands before the fight ends. Dominant performance by Evans, who never looked in danger in the entire 25 minutes. 10-9 Evans for the round and 50-45 Evans in the fight.

Result: Rashad Evans def. Phil Davis via Unanimous Decision