Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has just made good on another weekend of mixed martial arts (MMA) action as UFC on FOX 2: "Evans vs. Davis" entertained (for the most part) those in attendance at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.
Like countless cards before it, this event was affected by injuries and had multiple bouts that had to be swapped around, in order to make things copacetic (including one fight that was removed altogether).
However, after all the drama, everything came together in a way that delivered a card that was, quite possibly, better than it would have been originally.
Let's take a look at the more memorable ins and outs of UFC on FOX 2:
At some point, the talk gets old and it's time to get into the cage and work out the differences. But Evans had business to take care of before that could become a reality.
Leading up his fight with "Mr. Wonderful," Evans stated that he believed Davis wasn't ready for him and that he'd melt under the bright lights. Though that didn't exactly happen (he did last all five rounds), the disparity between the two fighters was clear.
Evans was never threatened at any point. Rashad won every minute of every round and was dominant in the process. Though he wasn't able to secure a finish, he accomplished his mission, nonetheless.
On April 21, "Suga" will fight "Bones" at UFC 145 in Atlanta, Georgia, in a showdown that will be about as simultaneously polarizing and entertaining as we've ever seen.
The co-main event brought together two of the loudest mouths in all of MMA when Chael Sonnen took on Michael Bisping in a middleweight mash up with gigantic implications.
Both fighters had dreamed of one day being a UFC champion. Both have been underestimated. Both have been the object of scorn, becoming widely unpopular for their brashness and arrogance.
For three rounds, Sonnen did his darndest to impose his wrestling on Bisping, who did an excellent job of avoiding trouble and was able to elude Sonnen's attempts, for the most part.
The margin was razor thin and, ultimately, had to go to the judge's scorecard to be resolved. UFC President Dana White believe Bisping deserved the win. Both fighters believed that they were the rightful recipient, but the judges favored Sonnen as the winner.
Chael will now get his re-match versus current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. The date and place are undetermined, but it has been strongly rumored to be taking place this summer in Brazil.
Though the fight had the potential to be very exciting, the combination of Weidman being drawn out from a rough weight cut and Maia just flat out having a weak performance left a bad taste in everyone's mouth after it was all said and done.
The fight came down to a split decision, which ultimately favored Weidman.
Maia has now lost two of his last three fights. Additionally, his last seven fights have all gone to decision. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) specialist has failed to submit an opponent since he finished Chael Sonnen with a triangle choke at UFC 95 on Feb. 21, 2009 in London, England.
Weidman is still widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the 185-pound division and still has a nice upside.
The preliminary fights were fought on FUEL TV, and featured five of the seven fights being finished by submission or (technical) knockout.
One-time lightweight top contender Evan Dunham put together his second consecutive win by defeating Nik Lentz, due to a nasty cut on his left eye (possibly a broken orbital bone) and a doctor's stoppage.
For his troubles, Johnson was awarded a cool $65,000 for the "Knockout of the Night" award. Who says UFC fighters are underpaid? Not Johnson. That's for sure.
He wasn't the only one lucky enough to take home a big check.
Read the list of fight bonus award winners, including "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night," and "Fight of the Night" here.
That's our version of what went down at UFC on FOX 2. Does anything stand out to you Maniacs that bares repeating? Use the comment section to enlighten us.
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