UFC on Fox 2: The Story of Each Fight Through a Picture
UFC on Fox 2 is in the books and we now have two title matches in place. We also saw the rise of a new middleweight contender and the arrival of a big fighter.
There has been a lot of storylines to emerge from the event, particularly with the two main event bouts. There was also a story to be told in every fight. Instead of giving a long list of play-by-play commentary, I believe a picture can say more than I can (a picture is worth a 1,000 words, right?).
From the opening prelim to the dominant performance by Rashad Evans, UFC on Fox 2 was littered with great images that tell a story.
Chris Camozzi vs. Dustin Jacoby
In a Facebook prelim, Chris Camozzi earned his first victory since returning to the UFC.
Camozzi ended the fight in the third frame with a guillotine choke to get the event off to a good start. It was Camozzi's first submission victory since 2009.
The loss marked the second straight for Jacoby and could bring about the fighter's release from the company.
Joey Beltran vs. Lavar Johnson
Lavar Johnson made a big impact in his UFC debut. The bout between Johnson and Joey Beltran was expected to be a heavyweight brawl, and the two men didn't disappoint.
Johnson may have not connected with this Ryu-like uppercut from this image, but every other punch in the fight-ending flurry were devastating. People who are going to jump on the Johnson hype train following this bout should reserve their feelings for when he faces a wrestler/jiu-jitsu competitor, as that's clearly been his trouble area in MMA.
Regardless of Johnson's future prospects in the UFC, his heavy punches combined with Beltran's body crumpling like an accordion began the FUEL TV broadcast in the perfect way.
Michael Johnson vs. Shane Roller
Michael Johnson used his striking combinations to keep Shane Roller at bay for the majority of the fight. Whenever Roller was able to close the distance, Johnson was able to fend off most of the takedown attempts.
The closest the fight came to ending was when Roller was able to secure Johnson's back. The Ultimate Fighter contestant worked hard and eventually reversed the position to end up on top of Roller.
Johnson got a much-needed win while Roller has lost three straight.
Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely
Charles Oliveira made his featherweight debut in grand fashion in Chicago.
Oliveira initially looked to grab a heel hook but his opponent, Eric Wisely, was able to escape. To the dismay of Wisely, he escaped one painful submission and maneuvered straight into another one.
Oliveira's calf slicer submission not only earned him a successful featherweight debut, but also Submission of the Night honors. Quite a way for the 22-year-old to say "I'm back!"
Cub Swanson vs. George Roop
This photo may not capture the moment Cub Swanson ended George Roop's night, but you can tell a lot from this photo.
For one you can see the usual intensity in Swanson's eyes—intensity that tends to make him swing wildly like he did for much of his bout with Roop.
You can also see that Swanson was able to land the right hand prior to the fight-ending punch. A thought that no doubt made itself evident to Swanson's coaching staff.
Swanson earned his first win since joining the UFC while Roop has gone 1-3 through his latest stint with the company.
Mike Russow vs. Jon-Olav Einemo
This picture shows how the majority of this fight played out. Jon-Olav Einemo was able to land some power shots, particularly some knees to the body, but Mike Russow was always pressing forward in order to get a takedown.
While on top in the second frame, Russow was able to land some impressive shots, including an elbow to Einemo's nose. The elbow caused quite a bit of blood to being pouring and possibly contributed to Einemo's lack of conditioning.
Russow remains undefeated inside the Octagon while Einemo has now lost in both of his UFC appearances.
Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz
For some odd reason, the Evan Dunham-Nik Lentz bout earned Fight of the Night honors. Lentz was unable to manage much offense after getting an initial takedown and was the victim of some nice combinations by Dunham.
Throughout the fight, Joe Rogan praised Lentz's chin for taking so many shots. Although Lentz's chin didn't fail him, the rest of his face wasn't so lucky.
The fight was eventually stopped after the second round due to a cut under Lentz's eye. Dunham has now won two straight after dropping two fights in a row. Lentz has dropped his last two fights that could've been three before the fight with Charles Oliveira was overturned.
Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman
Chris Weidman stepped into a fight with one of the best jiu-jitsu fighters in the world with only 11 days to prepare. Weidman no doubt trained to avoid Demian Maia's dangerous submission attempts but he should've spent time training his stand-up.
Maia, seemingly forgetting that his background is in jiu-jitsu, failed to threaten Weidman at all during the few times the fight went to the ground. The stand-up exchanges were ugly and Maia looked to be exhausted in the cage during the third round.
Weidman continues to impress in his short UFC career while Maia continues to frustrate fans by alternating wins and losses in his last four fights.
Michael Bisping vs. Chael Sonnen
In the middleweight title eliminator, Chael Sonnen did just enough to earn a victory over Michael Bisping.
Bisping performed better than anyone could've predicted and Sonnen admitted after the fight that "The Count" made him uncomfortable through the duration of the fight.
Before the judge's scorecards were read, fans could've argued either way as to who won. The majority of the MMA fans seem to agree that Bisping was on the wrong end of a judges' decision, but Sonnen did implement his wrestling strategy more as the fight wore on.
Sonnen moves on to rematch against Anderson Silva while Bisping officially takes his place as the future title challenger after Sonnen.
Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis
Although this image doesn't come from the fight itself, this photo gives insight into what Phil Davis was no doubt seeing inside the Octagon.
Facing off against Rashad Evans, "Mr. Wonderful" was simply thrust into a title eliminator too soon.
Evans, along with everything and everyone else in that arena on Saturday night, must've looked like a blur to Davis. He threw a lot of his strikes half-heartedly and just didn't seem to be all there inside the cage.
Davis will learn from this fight going forward and hopefully Evans will learn as well.
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