Chicago–Hello MMA fans and welcome to the modenook.com LIVE update and result page for UFC on FOX 2: Davis vs. Evans. This is National MMA Examiner Ryan McKinnell reporting live from the United Center here in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois.
We are in for a treat fight fans, as this marks the second trip for the UFC to the city. The last time the UFC visited it was all the way back at UFC 90 and it featured a main event scrap between Anderson Silva and Patrick Cote.
In the years since, the UFC and MMA in general has gone through a literal explosion in world wide popularity. As if any evidence was needed to that fact, the UFC on FOX is now being broadcast around the world from one of the country’s greatest cities.
Tonight’s main event features a showdown between 21-1, Rashad Evans taking on the undefeated Penn State alumnus, Phil Davis. If that wasn’t enough we also have a co-main event in the middleweight division between Chael Sonnen as he takes on the brash Brit, Michael Bisping. Rounding out the FOX broadcast is a match between “The All-American” Chris Weidman taking on BJJ ace Demain Maia.
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3:33 p.m. CT– First bout is starting between Chris Camozzi and Justin Jacoby. Should be an entertaining opener.
3:40 p.m. CT— Jacboy winning round 1 as he peppers Camozzi with jabs and uppercuts. Camozzi drops Jacoby late in the round and might have stolen the frame. Tough to say as Jacoby was in control for most of the round. Good opening round and the crowd is about 70% full, very impressive.
3:46– Camozzi turning it on now, midway through round 2. Finding his rhythm and pushing the pace. Jacoby landing stiff uppercuts now, and hurts Camozzi. Real back and forth round with about one minute left in the second frame.
3:48– Good second round, and another tough round to score. I’m giving it 10-9 Jacoby once again. He landed the stiffer shots and pushed the pace as Camozzi spent a good portion on his heels. Should be a great round 3.
3:49– Apparently “His Airness” Michael Jordan is in the building, and the 10-year-old me is weeping.
3:50– We have a finish (finishes will be in bold to avoid spoilers), Chris Camozzi defeats Justin Jacoby via submission (guillotine) at 1:08 of round 3. Camozzi scored a nice leg kick, that basically tripped Jacoby and Camozzi rushed in for the guillotine and forced the tap.
3:53— Camozzi says he may have broken his finger in the second round, as he was trying to pull it back in place. Ew. Tells the crowd that it was a ten-finger guillotine, and shouts out his camp. Great win.
3:57– I would just like to point out that these Midwest fight crowds are some of the best around. First fight in and we have darn near a packed house. That would never happen on the west coast or anywhere else–especially the Las Vegas “comp” crowd. I hope the brass is paying attention.
4:09– First fight of the UFC on FUEL broadcast is starting now. “The Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran vs. Lavar “Big” Johnson. This is matchup of gigantic heavyweights. Expect big, looping shots and a lot of action. If it does go the distance, expect a myriad of action. “Fight of the Night” candidate if it does go all three.
4:14– Johnson goes to touch gloves and Beltran waves him off. OK, Joey, might not want to make “Big” Johnson angry. I told Danny Acosta and RJ Clifford from Sirius Radio last night that I was picking Lavar via round 1 finish. In a match of big sluggers, I’m going with the power.
4:16–Johnson tags Beltran early and has him on the retreat. The first two minutes of this fight is all Johnson.
4:19– We have a finish. Lavar Johnson defeats Joey Beltran via KO at 4:24 of round 1. Just like I thought, Johnson had too much power for Beltran. And despite this being Beltran’s first loss via KO, Lavar is a beast. He has questionable cardio, yes, but he’s got the power to finish people early. Should be an interesting career for Lavar, one way or another.
4:29– Michael Johnson vs. Shane Roller is up next. Roller has had an up and down career thus far, but still has amazing potential. Johnson looked stellar in his last few fights, and could really put himself on the UFC radar with a win over Roller. Can’t wait for this one.
4:33– Johnson looking light on his feet, popping his jab as Roller shoots early. Johnson ripping lunging hooks looking to pressure Roller. Shane keep dropping for that takedown, but it’s not looking like Johnson is having any of it–beautiful sprawls. 3 minutes left in round one.
4:38– Roller begins to engage on the feet a bit, but he’s getting the worst of it. It looks like he’s trying to strike to set up the takedown, but to no avail–Johnson is all over it. Johnson pinning Roller against the cage now with strikes, as he unloads on Roller. Johnson lands a huge flying knee as the horn sounds on round one. All Johnson, 10-9. On to round two!
4:40– Johnson opens round two looking for a takedown. Interesting. Breif striking exchange in which Roller lands a good hook and a straight right. Roller’s turning it on. Nice.
4:43– Johnson with a textbook whizzer as he whips Roller to the mat with a great takedown. Back to the feet after about 30 seconds, and the fighters clinch against the cage. The pace has visibly slowed.
4:45– Tougher round for Johnson, but I still give it to him 10-9. Roller is turning it on, and is getting places with his wrestling. Johnson should approach with caution.
4:48– Johnson in trouble now. Roller earned a takedown and has Johnson’s back now. Roller pummels Johnson with shots as he is flattened. Ref Herb Dean briefly halts action and tells Roller to watch the shots. All Johnson has to do is survive, but he’s in trouble.
4:51– Johnson turns into Roller and reverses position. Johnson stands up and they are back to swinging. A groin shot halts a Johnson onslaught. The round ends with a ton of brutal action. Great fight, but Roller needed to finish. Johnson is taking this fight 29-28.
4:53– We have a decision. Michael Johnson defeats Shane Roller via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) As Joe Rogan points out, Michael Johnson dominated this fight with great foot movement, head movement, and lateral movement. Great, great win for Michael Johnson.
4:57– We have some quotes from a victorious Lavar Johnson from earlier,
“Beltran is the real deal. He’s as tough and powerful as everyone said he was. I landed some hard shots and he stayed in there. I stayed calm and composed and picked my shots and I knew one would eventually land where I needed it to. I knew I had him when I got him with that uppercut and I just kept putting it on him until he dropped.”
“This win shows that the Strikeforce heavyweights belong here. We’re all on the same level and now we’re getting a chance to prove it. And the fans are the ones benefitting from it the most because they’re getting to see action like this.”
5:00– Next up is Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely. Expect a big ovation for the Illinois native, Wisely as he comes out to “Back in Black” by AC/DC.
5:06– Oliveira and Wisely touch gloves and we are off!
5:07– Oliveira sticks Wisely with a shot I couldn’t see and he follows him to the ground for some ground and pound. Oliveira drops for a heel hook and it’s deep! Looking to finish!
5:08– We have a finish. Charles Oliveira defeats Eric Wisely via Submission (calf crush) at 1:43 of round 1. That calf crush was absolutely amazing. I suggest, if you haven’t seen it, catch a replay. Wow.
5:16– We have some quotes by the defeated Joey Beltran from earlier,
“When you fight the way I fight, this is bound to happen. I’ve gained a lot of fans, but I run this risk of having this happen. I only know one way to fight and I’ll always fight this way.”
“I had a great camp for this fight. No excuses for this. I felt great and only weighed around 230 after eating. So, a drop to 205 is a realistic possibility for me. I’ll get together with my team and we’ll figure out where to go from here.”
5:21– Cub Swanson vs. George Roop is up next.
5:30– Round one underway, both fighters looking aggressive!
5:40– Apologies, this writer had to scurry out and do a spot on Sirius Radio as the fight was happening. We did have a finish in the Swanson fight, however.
5:41– We have a finish. Cub Swanson defeats George Roop via KO at 2:22 of round 2. Huge right hand from Swanson sent Roop reeling to the canvas. First UFC win for Swanson and it was a big one! Some would call it an upset.
5:57– Mike Russow vs. John-Olev Einemo is up next!
6:02– Russow immediately takes Einemo to the canvas and is looking to do damage. Russow briefly looks for a north/south choke as he pressures from side-control. This opening frame is all Russow as he dominates with wrestling.
6:05– Einemo takes top control as the round ends, and definitely makes a statement. Tough round to score, but Einemo dominates the later half, so I give it to him. 10-9 Einemo.
6:06– Russow opens round two with a big hook that sends sweat flying close to media row. Russow immediately pressures and whips Einemo to the ground and is looking to stymie any offense from the gigantic Einemo.
6:10– Russow dominates round two with a stellar display of ground and pound. Third district Chicago PD in the building chanting “CPD! CPD!”
6:12– Einemo opens round three with a sickening barrage of knees and punches that leaves Russow turtling up. Out of pure desperation, Russow snags a leg and somehow brings the fight to the ground where he is looking to do damage and survive.
6:15– A late standup by Herb Dean hurts Russow a bit, but he gets the fight back to the ground after Einemo lands a devastating lunging knee to Russow’s rib cage. Sickening sound cage side. Closing in on the end of round three. Russow survives as the horn sounds, and arguably takes two fo the three rounds.
6:18– We have a decision. Mike Russow defeats John-Olav Einemo via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27). This makes Russow 4-0 in the UFC. However, Russow does not have an exciting fighting style, nor the ‘body’ and look to be marketable. But he wins. I hope that still counts for something.
6:23– We have some quotes from Michael Johnson and Shane Roller regarding their earlier bout,
Johnson, “That fight felt great. I controlled almost the entire fight except for the brief period in the third round. I felt like my wrestling defense and my entire game was just so much better all around. I was a little nervous in the third round, but I didn’t panic and I kept in constant communication with (referee) Herb Dean that I was ok and that some of the shots were to the back of my head. I eventually got myself turned around and got back in a dominant position inside the Octagon. This was a good win for me, but I’ve got some work to do in the gym to get myself to where I ultimately want to be. I’ve got my eyes set on top ten status and hopefully title talk sooner rather than later.”
Roller, “What can I say? This was a very tough fight. I’m just mad it didn’t go my way. I was prepared and I just didn’t perform.”
6:24– Next up is Nik Lentz vs. Evan Dunham. Word has it, veteran MMA journalist Chuck Mindenhall flew all the way to Chicago just for this fight. *Standing ovation*
6:29– And we are off with round one! Lentz opens with sufficient pressure as Dunham looks to counter. Dunham shoots briefly and Lentz sprawls with textbook precision.
6:31– Huge body lock takedown from Dunham as he picks Lentz up and slams him to the mat with authority. Back to their feet now, the fighters clinch against the cage as they pummel for position.
6:34– Round one is in the books. Great face paced action with both fighters scoring. However Dunham finished the round in dominant position and did more damage. 10-9 that round for Dunham in my book.
6:36– Dunham opens round two with an immediate takedown after ducking some wild hooks from Lentz. Dunham has all the control 90 seconds into the round.
6:38– A brief Bonnar/Griffin-esque exchange from Lentz and Dunham midway through the second round that has both fighters wobbled! What an exchange folks, wow. Dunham, sick of being hit, takes the fight to the ground as we close in on a minute left in the second round.
6:40– The horn sounds on round two, that was all Dunham. Lentz is bloodied and battered as he retreats to his corner. Could be fight of the night if round three is as nasty as the previous.
6:41– We have a decision. Evan Dunham defeats Nik Lentz via doctor stoppage (between rounds two and three). Great fight, but Lentz’ eye is absolutely destroyed and swollen. Unfortunate but it was absolutely the right call. Great fight for both competitors.
6:42– We have some quotes from earlier fights featuring Cub Swanson, George Roop, Charles Oliveira and Eric Wisely,
Swanson, “I knew I had to be patient and feel him out. He’s a lanky guy who can catch you if you’re not ready. That shot just connected and rocked him and put him on his back. I wanted to make sure that I had finished it because it all happened so fast. I’m going to take about two weeks off and see how I feel. I might be looking to get back in here pretty quickly after a win like this.”
Roop, “We had some pretty good action when the match started and I was using my range to gain the advantage. I’m really not sure what happened because it really just happened to fast. He hit me with something that I didn’t see coming at all. He followed up on it and did what he had to do.”
Oliveira, “It felt amazing to walk out and hear the energy of the crowd here in Chicago. I was extremely confident and proud going into this fight and I knew that God would be with me. My training for this fight has been perfect and I could not wait to show the UFC fans what I am capable of. I have practiced my submissions endlessly and it was easy to look for that opportunity to finish the fight. I am ready for the next challenge inside the Octagon.”
Wisely, “I’ve got to work on a few things to improve my overall game. With these Brazilian jiu-jitsu guys, I’ve got to be a little quicker all around. That might have been enough to have kept me from getting caught and we might be looking at an entirely different outcome.”
6:45– Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman is up next! Live on FOX! Tune in!
7:07– Still waiting for the broadcast to air. Hold tight. In the meantime we have quotes from Russow/Einemo,
Russow, “I am really surprised by the total amount of time we spent on the mat. I was really looking to keep it on the feet and to box him as much as possible. He almost got me with those knees in the later rounds. Those about put me out, but I collected myself and finished the round. I can’t believe I’m 4-0 in the UFC right now. It’s unbelievable. To have this fight in my hometown of Chicago and to have the fans cheering for me like they did…I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Einemo, ““He’s a tough guy. He’s got great wrestling, but I was focusing on using the sweep to counter it. I felt my legs getting weaker and I knew that the sweeps would be much harder to do later in the fight. I really thought those knees were going to take him out too. I hit him hard, but he’s got a really good chin. I always look to go for the finish, but it doesn’t always happen the way you want it to happen.”
7:10– The UFC just announced Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones, will be making a title defense at UFC 145 in Atlanta on April 21st. Expect his opponent to be Dan Henderson, or Rashad Evans if he is victorious tonight.
7:15– Now it’s time for Maia vs. Weidman. Stay tuned, walkouts happening now. Weidman enters to Tom Petty’s “Won’t back down.”
7:22– Weidman opens with a ton of pressure and is winging bombs at Maia’s head. He briefly has him knocked down but Maia scrambles back to his feet.
7:23– Both Weidman and Maia are using straight punches and a rather simple style of striking. However, in the battle of mediocrity, expect Weidman’s power to win out.
7:25– Weidman pressuring as the round is coming to an end. He pressures Maia for most of the round, keeping him on his heels and wins the round 10-9. He does look a bit tired after the round, however.
7:28– Round two underway and Weidman scores an early takedown. Maia using textbook BJJ stands up quickly, and is pushing the pace now. Weidman is definitely slowing a bit, as he jabs to gather himself.
7:30– Weidman is obviously tiring at this point, but Maia can’t take advantage. A man with experience, such as Maia, should easily be establishing a formed gameplan and some generalmanship, but he isn’t.
7:32– The round ends as Weidman earns a body-lock takedown. It was an ugly round with Weidman probably taking it, but it’s more like Maia giving it away.
7:34– Weidman scores an early takedown to open the frame, but eventually Maia stands up. Both fighters look tired now, and this fight is getting ugly. Maia ducks for a takedown and Weidman grabs his head as he pummels him with knees.
7:37– Listen, these are two great athletes, but nobody should be this gassed in a UFC fight. Let alone two middlweights starting off a UFC on FOX card. It’s ugly and the crowd is boo’ing. I don’t condone it, but I understand. This fight is very confusing. We close in on the end of round three and Weidman scores with some knees to the skull of Maia from the Thai clinch.
7:38– The horn sounds on the end of the round. I have it 30-27 for Weidman. Great win for the undefeated prospect, but it’s under a cloud of confusion–great win, not a great performance.
7:41– We have a decision. Chris Weidman defeats Demian Maia via Split-Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Granted, Weidman took this fight on short notice but it’s not the overall performance I’m sure he wanted. Also getting word that Demian Maia may have been very sick coming into this fight. Still…
7:50– Michael Bisping vs. Chael Sonnen is next! Bisping is coming out to Blur per usual. The United Center is not a fan of Michael Bisping.
7:55– We’re off! No touch of the gloves and Sonnen shoots 7 seconds in. He scores the takedown, but Bisping stands right back up. Very nice. Bisping winging hooks now, and sprawls on a shooting Sonnen. Could be very interesting folks.
7:58– A lot of pressure from Sonnen but Bisping is dealing well. Lots of clinching and takedown attempts by Sonnen, and some are successful, but Bisping is hanging quite nicely and could capitalize later in the fight.
7:59– The horn sounds on the end of the round. Very tough round to score. Bisping pepperd Sonnen. When Sonnen had Bisping down, it wasn’t for long. And Bisping sprawled wonderfully a few times. Very tough to score as I said, but I’m going 10-9 Bisping.
8:02– Bisping opens round two similar to the finish of round one–peppering shots and controlling the action. Could be an upset in the making.
8:03– Sonnen earns his first takedown of the round and is looking to pummel with some ground and pound. He lands a great shot but Bisping somehow stands up. Looks like Bisping is cut now, probably from the ground and pound that was brief but devastating.
8:05– Grinding now, Bisping and Sonnen exchange elbows and knees against the cage. They seperate as the round ends, and it’s another tough round to score. I give it 10-9 Sonnen, but it easily could have went to Bisping. “The Count” took a deep breath as he sat down in his corner.
8:07– Sonnen opens the final frame with an immediate takedown and he is working now to score points.
8:09– Our boy Andreas Hale of the WellVersed.com and BET.com along with many other outlets, called this fight a “judge’s nightmare,” boy he wasn’t kidding.
8:10– Sonnen snatches Bisping to the ground and takes his back! Sonnen is looking for the rear-naked choke as Bisping hand fights to defend. Sonnen takes full-mount now, and the crowd erupts and begins to chant, “USA! USA! USA!”
8:12– In a turn of momentum Bisping takes Sonnen down with 10 seconds left. It doesn’t matter though, Sonnen dominates round three. Should be a crazy scorecard coming. I fully expect a split-decision.
8:15– We have a decision. Chael Sonnen defeats Michael Bisping via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
8:20– Sonnen with a pretty great post-fight speech, although not quite as great as when he gave his “Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck,” speech in his previous fight. He basically asked that every great fighter or fight from here on out be referred to as a “Chael Sonnen.” I think C.M. Punk may have helped him with that one. It was pure Pro-Wrestling.
8:33– Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans is now! Main event time! Davis walking out to Kanye’s “All the lights.”
8:41– And we are off, folks! Round one underway! Evans comes out loose and low, and Davis comes out tall looking to use his length.
8:43– Davis doing a good job of using low kicks and keeping his distance. Evans remaining compused, but possibly tentatvie as we close in on under three minutes of round one.
8:45– Evans uses a nice inside trip-takedown and lands in side control/half guard on Davis and is looking to pass. In full side control now and he puts Davis in a crucifix. Davis is in trouble as Evans begins to reign down shots.
8:46– Evans takes round one with the takedown at the end and Octagon control. 10-9 Evans, round one.
8:48– White Sox player AJ Pierzynski is in the building watching the fights. Round two opens with Davis throwing a high kick over Evans. Impressive even though it didn’t land. A calm and composed Evans waits in the back just as in round one.
8:50– Evans rips shots to the body of Davis as he pressures him against the cage as they clinch. Evans pressuring now as they separate, and he begins to stalk Davis. Davis looks to land kicks and other shots, but it’s coming up empty.
8:51– Davis looks as if he is begining to tire at this point. Hands dropping, deep breaths, and slow moving punches.
8:52– An experienced Evans takes round two. Towards the end he drilled Davis with a shot, followed by a takedown that solidfied the round. It’s not looking good for Phil Davis.
8:54– They show a live video of Chicagoan Jeremy Piven and the crowd erupts as we head in to round three.
8:55– Phil grabs a single leg and slowly takes Evans to the mat. Tired and outmatched, Davis is looking sloppy and winded at this point. Evans reverses the position and now finds himself on top landing shots to the face of Davis. This could be another dominating round by Evans.
8:58– Davis briefly has Evans on the ground but Rashad stands right back up, as they clinch against the cage looking for control. Not exactly the most exciting main event. Wonder what all the people complaining about the original UFC on FOX ending too early think now?
9:00– Round four is underway and for the first minute or so, the fighters remain on the feet. Davis is getting battered, though.
9:03– More control by Evans and sloppy striking from Davis. This certainly appears, at least in hindsight, that this was a case of “too much, too soon” for Nittany Lion, Phil Davis.
9:06– Round four is over and this fight is all Evans. I don’t see any way how Davis can win this fight. Evans grabs a kick and unleashes uppercuts on Davis. Getting brutal now.