The co-main event of tonight's (Sat., April 26, 2014) UFC 172: "Jones vs. Teixeira" pay-per-view (PPV) at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, featured Phil Davis, top contender at light heavyweight, welcoming Anthony Johnson back to the Octagon.
"Rumble" came in riding a six-fight win streak.
Make it seven, this one via unanimous decision.
Johnson opened by coming forward while staying patient. After all, he had the shot from a tough wrestler to worry about. Indeed, Davis came in but got caught with an uppercut with the quickness. That led to another shot, but Johnson was ready and sprawled to avoid it.
"Rumble" landed a few more big shots and actually put "Mr. Wonderful" against the fence on his knees, unloading on him to the point that Davis was busted open near his eye.
By the end of the first, Johnson looked like a predator stalking his prey while Davis was flailing like a wild, overpowered animal.
The second round saw more of the same. It was a methodical destruction that gave Johnson a clear 20-18 advantage, one Davis' corner was well aware of, outright telling him he needed a finish in the third if he wanted to win the bout.
Guess what didn't come in the final frame? A finish.
In fact, Johnson went about making a statement, enough so that color commentator Joe Rogan continually repeated the line "I don't know if Phil Davis has ever been dominated this badly in a fight before". He may or may not have forgotten about the loss to Rashad Evans, but it doesn't matter.
Johnson did, in fact, dominate.
Welcome back, big man.
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