UFC on FOX 2 Results: Why Rashad Evans Is the Next Light Heavyweight Champion
In one of the most anticipated bouts of the year, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (17-1-1) crawled up the stairs of the Octagon to put an end to his heated rivalry with Phil Davis (9-1).
Surprisingly, both Evans and Davis showed mutual respect in the center of the Octagon prior to their bout beginning as the Chicago crowd rose to their feet.
Action saw Davis connect on a number of early leg kicks, which seemed to surprise many in attendance at the United Center.
However, it wasn't long until the superior striking of Evans came for all to see.
Midway through the opening round, Evans connected on a series of strikes which welcomed the former All-American wrestler to the big stage.
Davis attempted yet another leg kick, but was caught by Evans, ultimately allowing the former Michigan State Spartan to secure his first takedown of the night.
The exact same series of moves was repeated in Round 2 as Davis found himself in a world of trouble as Evans secured a mounted crucifix.
Davis was saved by the bell, but lacked significant confidence as Evans was clearly holding the advantage in the stand-up and on the ground.
Davis would eventually battle back with a couple of takedowns of his own, but failed to take advantage of any opportunity he had.
Action would return to their feet for the final three rounds as the world saw Evans return to "Suga" we once all knew and loved.
Evans' stand-up was as impressive as ever, but it was his ability to overpower Davis in his wrestling that caught the eyes of many.
Prior to their bout, many felt Davis would outlast Evans on the ground due to his slight advantage in the grappling game.
But, Evans proved their was no margin between the duo's wrestling abilities.
After five dominating rounds, Evans' hand was raised, declaring him victorious via unanimous decision as all three judge's scored the bout 50-45.
Evans' performance leaves many questioning just how long the current champion Jon "Bones" Jones has until he's dethroned.
If "Suga" can display a similar performance, there's no reason he won't have the upper hand when the two throw down in Atlanta, Georgia at UFC 145 later this year.
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