UFC on FOX 2 takes place later tonight at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The event airs live on FOX at 8pm ET/5pm PT. The prelims will air live on FUEL TV at 5pm ET/2pm PT. The prelims will also air live at 5pm ET/2pm PT on FOX Deportes for those who don’t have access to FUEL TV.
In the main event, Rashad Evans fights Phil Davis for the opportunity to face Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title.
In the co-main event, Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping met in a middleweight number one contender’s match.
Chris Weidman stepped in on short notice to take on a Demian Maia in a middleweight bout.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- 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 Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Evan Dunham def. Nik Lentz via TKO (Doc Stoppage – Eye Injury) at 5:00 in Round 2
- Mike Russow def. Jon Olav Einemo via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Cub Swanson def. George Roop via TKO (Punches) at 2:22 in Round 2
- Charles Oliveira def. Eric Wisely via Submission (Calf-Crusher) at 1:43 in Round 1
- Michael Johnson def. Shane Roller via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Lavar Johnson def. Joey Beltran via KO (Punches) at 4:24 in Round 1
- Chris Camozzi def. Dustin Jacoby via Submission (Guillotine) at 1:08 in Round 3
Joey Beltran vs. Lavar Johnson: Hola, amigos, and welcome to the UFC on FOX 2 prelims airing live on FOX Deportes. First up were the heavyweights, with two tough and durable sluggers in Johnson and Beltran mixing it up “mean streets ofLos Angeles” style. Coming out and stumbling his foe with a body shot, you just knew Johnson had the advantage in power. The only question was if his cardio could match Beltran’s infamous resilience. Guess what? It did. Battering Beltran for most of the first round, Johnson put the ending sequence in motion with an overhand right and then a slew of killer uppercuts. Beltran slumped to the canvas unconscious at 4:24 of Round 1.
Michael Johnson vs. Shane Roller: In the battle between a TUF could-have-been and a WEC almost-was, it all boiled down to who could impose their will – and in the first round, Johnson the TUFer was that guy, deftly stuffing Roller’s takedown attempts and peppering him a nonstop torrent of kicks and punches. Fatigue slowed things down considerably in Round 2, although it didn’t stop Johnson from getting Roller down and blasting him some more on the feet. Despite all the punishment, Roller remained dangerous, and in the third found his way to onto Johnson’s back and spent about three full minutes punching him in the back of the head (which he got warned for) and trying to choke him. Johnson escaped in the last minute and returned some of the love, and when time ran out, the judges awarded him the unanimous decision.
Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely: No surprises in this one, as jiu-jitsu shark Oliveira took the minnow Wisely down at the minute mark, pounded on him a bit, went for a heelhook, then transitioned into a hands-free calf-crusher. As predicted, Wisely never stood a chance against the Brazilian’s grappling fury, and the American tapped out at 1:43 of the first round.
George Roop vs. Cub Swanson: Tallness. That’s pretty much what Roop had going for him, which enabled him to launch kicks and punches from far outside of Swanson’s range. Fortunately for Swanson, what he had going for him was speed, confidence and skill, so throughout the first round he found creative ways to get in close and either light Roop up with combinations and kicks or toss him to the mat with a hip throw. Round 2 was more of the same – until Swanson waded in lobbing a right hand that knocked his foe’s mouthpiece out and sent him falling. Roop was more or less defenseless against the follow-up fists on the ground, so referee “Big” John McCarthy stepped in at 2:22 of the frame.
Jon Olav Einemo vs. Mike Russow: With the roar of a hometown crowd behind him, Russow came out like a charging bull, determined to get his Norwegian opponent down and gore him. But while he was largely successful in putting Einemo on his back, he was more often than not neutralized in terms of offense, and Einemo made sure he was fed short punches and up-kicks continually. Sadly, Einemo started to fade when the second round came around, so Russow grew more and more successful with his ground and pound and – when they both slowed – we were soon subjected to the “huffing and puffing heavyweights” show. The final round was pure ugliness, as both men were exhausted and had zero energy to do anything but fall to the mat and fight in slow-motion. Russow took the unanimous decision when time expired.
Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz: In a shockingly-entertaining back-and-forth affair, Dunham and Lentz really took it to each other, banging away at each other like a TUF title or championship belt was at stake. Round 1 had Lentz dumping Dunham on his back in between bouts of trading leather. However, later in the frame Dunham seemed to realize he could score takedowns too, and he used those to dictate where the fight would go. Those same takedowns enabled him to wear Lentz down further in the second round, and aside from a moment when the two stood in front of each other and go fist for fist, it was all about Dunham tagging Lentz and forcing him to defend against some tight choke attempts. When time ran out in the Round 2 Lentz’s eye was swollen shut – so much so that the doctor took one look at it before Round 3 could begin and called the fight.
Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman: As we’ve seen a million times, when you pit a jiu-jitsu master against stud collegiate wrestler, what you sometimes get is a kickboxing match – which is what Round 1 of Maia vs. Weidman was. Throwing jabs, crosses, hooks and kicks without fear, Weidman met the more-experienced Brazilian in the center of the cage and began chipping away. Nothing really landed hard, though, and Maia fired back repeatedly, making it tough to guess who was ahead as the rounds ticked by. What did help with the scoring was the takedown onslaught the wrestler had for Maia, which put him on his back a few times, and know doubt contributed to the lethargy that fell up the duo by the third round. Again, it was a close one, but in the end the unanimous decision went to Weidman.
Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping: Right off the bat Sonnen flexed his wrestling muscle, taking Bisping down with authority and attempting to put fist to face as much as possible. But, amazingly, the American was unable to keep the Brit down, and what followed was a lot of Bisping pressing Sonnen up against the cage and peppering him with short punches. Round 2 was more of the same, with Sonnen looking like a shadow of his usual self, whereas some of that “usual self” returned in the third round when the wrestler got Bisping down, secured mount, and stayed there for a bit. Time ran out with Bisping once more on his feet, nailing a takedown of his own, and delivering elbows. Was it enough? Not in the eyes of the judges, who awarded the unanimous decision to Sonnen.
Post-fight, when Joe Rogan stuck a microphone in the American’s face, Sonnen – who will get a rematch with champ Anderson Silva next – was full-on with the pro wrestling schtick. “Joe Rogan, I want to know how you feel being inches away from greatness.” Added Sonnen, “Remember this: when you’re the greatest fighter in the world, they’ve got a name for you… Chael Sonnen.”
Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis: If thePennStatewrestler sported any kind of advantage in terms of wrestling credentials, none of that presented itself in the cage. Right off the bat in Round 1 Davis went for takedowns that went nowhere, and things got ugly for him when Evans caught a kick and swept him to the floor. From there the former champ worked into a mounted crucifix, and “Sugar” brutalized him for quite a bit of time untilDaviscould work his way out. Things played almost exactly the same in the second round, and in the third Evans and Davis traded takedowns and scrambles, neither man finding dominance. In terms of striking ability, Evans was leagues ahead ofDavis, and was able to counter-punch with fast, accurate punches that leftDavisapprehensive about throwing more than long-distance kicks. Sadly, the bout went the distance, despite it being painfully obvious thatDavislacked the tools to prevent his opponent from beating him and Evans lacked the ability to finish him. Evans took the clear-cut unanimous decision when it was all over.
“I’m excited, because that fight is the monkey on my back that I have to get over. It was hard to focus on this fight because everyone was talking about that one. But Phil Davis definitely brought it, and now that I won, I get an opportunity to fight Jon and I’m very excited about it.”
Submission of the Night: Charles Oliveira
Knockout of the Night: Lavar Johnson
Fight of the Night: Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz