UFC 114 took place earlier this evening at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the main event, Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans finally met in a light heavyweight grudge match.
In the co-main event, Michael Bisping looked to get back on the winning track against Dan Miller.
Todd Duffee returned to action against Mike Russow in heavyweight battle.
Jason Brilz stepped in for Forrest Griffin in a light heavyweight bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Diego Sanchez returned to the welterweight division to take on John Hathaway.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Rashad Evans defeats Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Michael Bisping defeats Dan Miller via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Mike Russow defeats Todd Duffee via Knockout in Round Three
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeats Jason Brilz via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- John Hathaway defeats Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Dong Hyun Kim defeats Amir Sadollah via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Efrain Escudero defeats Dan Lauzon via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
- Melvin Guillard defeats Waylon Lowe via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Cyrille Diabate defeats Luiz Cane via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Aaron Riley defeats Joe Brammer via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ryan Jensen defeats Jesse Forbes via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
Recap & Thoughts
Diego Sanchez vs. John Hathaway: It was not a good trip back to 170 for Diego Sanchez. John Hathaway used his height and reach advantage to pick Diego apart over the course of three rounds, and nearly finished Diego in the first with a huge knee. Diego landed a few of his own, but not nearly enough to make it close. Diego back down to 155?
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Jason Brilz: Someone forgot to tell Jason Brilz he was supposed to get smoked tonight against Lil’ Nog. Brilz came to fight and gave Nogueira all he could handle. It was a close fight, a lot of takedowns and grappling, but Brilz came the closest to finishing it in the second with a super-tight guillotine choke. Nogueira gets the split decision, but it’s not the type of win that’s going to put him in title contention. If there’s a rematch with Shogun in his future, he’s going to need a big win next time out.
Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow: Wow! Mike Russow pulled off one of the craziest comebacks in the history of the sport tonight. For two and half rounds Russow failed to mount hardly any offense whatsoever against Todd Duffee. He ate big shots, and to his credit he was able to stay conscious, but he didn’t have the speed to keep up with Duffee. By the time the third rolled around, it started to look like Duffee was going to win a really lopsided decision. Yeah, that was until Mike Russow drilled Duffee with one big bomb. Russow’s right hand connected with Duffee’s chin. KNOCKOUT. One-punch FTW. Maybe the only punch he landed all night. Crazy.
Joe Rogan said it was biggest come from behind knockout victory in the history of the sport. I don’t know if I agree. I’m not ever sure it’s biggest come from behind knockout this year. Back in January, Melvin Mahoef was absolutely destroying Robbie Lawler right up until the moment Lawler delivered a bomb to Manhoef’s cranium. Unlike Russow, Lawler was on the brink of being finished off. I’m not sure this tops that. Thoughts?
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Miller: Michael Bisping did what he does best against Dan Miller tonight. He found his range and outpointed his opponent. Miller made it a fight in the third round, but it was too little too late. Bisping was sharp on his feet and outscored Miller for the unanimous decision.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Rashad Evans: I should have stuck with Rashad… For 14 minutes this fight was all Rashad Evans. Rashad started the fight off strong with with big right hand that sent Rampage flying back into the cage. Rampage hung on, but Rashad stayed out in front for the rest of the fight using his wrestling to control the action. Well, almost the rest of the fight. In a last-ditch effort, Rampage blasted Rashad with a right and followed it up with some viscious ground n’ pound early in the third. Rashad was beyond rocked and Herb Dean put himself in position to stop it, but somehow Rashad survived. For the next minute or so, Rashad was wobbly, still leaving Rampage a golden opportunity to put him away. Instead, Rampage let him recover seemingly due to fatigue. Rashad got another takedown and that was all she wrote. No idea how two of the judges gave that last round to Rashad though. Putting someone on the brink of defeat has to count more than a few takedowns, right?
In the end, it turned out to be a pretty good fight, but did it live up to the hype? Eh, to some it probably did, but Rashad utilized a lot more clinching than I would have liked. Perfectly legitimate tactic, but for a three round fight this big, it wasn’t what the crowd or myself wanted to see. Still, Rashad put in the work, and did what he had to do to get the win and the title shot against Shogun. Speaking of the next LHW title fight (assuming Dana doesn’t change his mind), Shogun-Evans isn’t the fight I was hoping for, but it is interesting. Any early picks?
Submission of the Night: Ryan Jensen
Knockout of the Night: Mike Russow
Fight of the Night: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira & Jason Brilz
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $3,895,125
Bonus and gate info via MMA Junkie