What's next for the big winners of UFC on FOX 2: Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen?
The second broadcast for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on network television was a mixed bag with UFC on Fox 2: "Evans vs. Davis" blowing through "The Windy City" last night (Sat., Jan. 28, 2012).
In the main event, Rashad Evans looked to back up the bravado and prove that he is worthy of a title shot versus Jon Jones. Phil Davis had equally "wonderful" aspirations of taking home a win and earning himself the title shot for which he's worked so hard.
It wasn't even close.
During the pre-fight hype campaign, Evans repeatedly said Davis wasn't ready to face a fighter on his level. It looks like he was right. "Suga" proved he's still a force to be reckoned with at 205 pounds and will now get his shot at "Bones'" belt.
In other action, everyone's favorite mixed martial arts (MMA) villain, Chael Sonnen, sought to quiet the brash Brit, Michael Bisping, when they collided in the cage for a chance to fight Anderson Silva on his home turf of Brazil later this summer.
It was neck-and-neck the whole way in a very close fight that went to the judges. Though the decision may have been a little controversial, the fight itself disappointed no one. Sonnen received the nod, meaning he'll finally get the rematch against "The Spider" he's been not-so-humbly requesting for more than one year.
After the jump, we'll discuss what's next for UFC on FOX 2's big winners, Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen:
Unless you've been living under a massive boulder, you're aware of the backstory and the bad blood between "Suga" and "Bones."
They don't like each other. It's not for promotional purposes. The loathing is legit. The potential clash has been building for about a year now, but for various reasons, it's never come together.
Eventually, it had to happen.
Now, both fighters will finally get a chance to settle their differences in the Octagon. No more talk (except for the banter that is certain to fill the airwaves and tweets for the next few months). When it's done, one man will have to suck up his pride, admit the other is the better man and shake his hand.
Read about the current fight card rumors and rumblings here.
Sonnen has been fuming and waiting for a rematch since Aug. 7, 2010, when he fell prey to an Anderson Silva triangle choke in the fifth round of their epic battle at UFC 117.
Since their first fight, Sonnen was popped for testosterone misuse, came back a year later, beat the hell out of Brian Stann at UFC 136 on Oct. 8, 2011, in Houston and then took care of business tonight against Bisping to finally punch his passport to Brazil and a championship bout.
It's been a whirlwind of a year (and some change) to say the least.
So many questions will be answered when they finally go toe-to-toe in the cage once again. All I can say is: It's about time!
As to when and where? The event has not been named, but there has been plenty of talk to suggest that the fight will happen this summer and that it will happen in Brazil.
We'll keep you posted.
It's still a ways off, but do you Maniacs have any predictions fired up and ready to go? Who ya got in these two titanic championship bouts?