UFC on Fox 2: Rashad Evans dominates Phil Davis, sets up grudge...

UFC on Fox 2: Rashad Evans dominates Phil Davis, sets up grudge match with Jon Jones

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The highly anticipated showdown between Rashad Evans and Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones is now set to take place after “Suga” defeated Phil Davis tonight in Chicago to reaffirm his place as the division’s top contender.

As things got underway, pre-fight questions regarding which of the two former collegiate athletes were the better wrestler were quickly answered, as Davis’ persistent attempts to take Evans to the mat were denied. Forced to stand with his more experienced opponent, Davis looked to keep Evans at the end of his long limbs, but was consistently countered and beaten to the punch.

Perhaps the biggest change in momentum, however, came when Evans was able to catch a Davis kick, using it to plant him on his back before improving to crucifix position and landing damaging hammer fists – a method he would find success implementing on multiple occasions throughout the bout.

Though Davis would eventually find success dragging Evans to the mat in the latter stages of the fight, it was short-lived, as “Suga” immediately regained his footing and continued to outstrike the Alliance MMA fighter to the tune of 77-47 total landed.

Victorious via unanimous decision, Evans improves to 17-1-1 in his professional career and will move on to challenge reigning 205-pound kingpin Jon “Bones” Jones at UFC 145 in a grudge match that has been in the making since early 2011.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Warheadchief Warheadchief

    Davis is so awkward. Anyone agree? Seems like he can’t stand on his own two feet properly. Lackluster performance.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/bluntsandbeers bluntsandbeers

    i was impressed with rashad, great takedown defense and his striking was looking sharp(compared to davis at least)

    its safe to say he’s stirred up my interest in his grudge match with jones

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    This fight was so boring, in my humble opinion, that I fell asleep and was nicely tucked in after the 2nd round. Thank you, Rashad.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JoeySantosus Joey Santosus

    Agreed. Davis was undefeated, had a great reach advantage, and superior wrestling credentials. Glad to see Evans get his shot… Well, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/dirtyharry dirtyharry

    did you guys notice davis sliding all over the place the bottom of his feet were also very white, was this powder or ashy skin I’m not sure but he was slipping a lot. I also think the ufc made a big mistake with this card.When fights come on fox and a bigger audience is watching you have to put on exciting fights and putting four wrestlers and one submission fighter on the card isn’t the way to go about this. Today fights were a lot of grappling and not very fun.Next time to win new fans and get them interested in the sport so they will learn more about it and appreciate other aspects of it. Put strikers like cung lee, alves, etc, out their so people can see knockouts flying knees, head kicks, and devastating combos. I also think Bisping won, just saying,

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/phacemon phacemon

    To Davis’s credit he was fighting a guy who is at the top of the weight class. He’s an up and comer and was expected to lose this fight in less than 5 rounds. He showed that he could take punishment and that he doesn’t quit. If he goes beyond his camp to improve his striking and overall game he can become a significant factor in the division….and yes, he did look awkward on the feet(possibly trying that Dominick Cruz style) but he was never known as a good striker.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/FadeMan FadeMan

    Rashad dominated phil for sure, from this performance though, I dont think he’ll be able to beat jon jones. He’ll probably give him a good fight regardless.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ChrisGomez ChrisGomez

    Yeah his feet did look weird and he was slipping a lot. I thought maybe it was the spray paint and cleaner they use to make the mat blood free for primetime television. But then again I have greattttt bubba kush oil so idk…..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/thexperience1 thexperience1

    Rashad fought a great fight.. he was obviously cautious.. not cause he was worried about Davis (cause let’s be real it showed that Davis really had nothing for him) I think Rashad was cautious cause he wanted to get out of this fight with no injuries! So he can be 100% to fight the champ. He didn’t really grind as he normally does to put his opponent away. So his mind was clearly on Bones and their rematch. He played safe yet great display of polished MMA skill and superior wrestling over Davis.

    IMO Bisping got robbed today… he took rnd’s 1+2 Sure Sonnen took him down a few times but did not hurt him once… never had Bisping in trouble and took more punishment. Bullshit judging… It was close but clearly a W for Bisping. Another controversial DC in the books… !!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/cranestyle cranestyle

    There is no question who the better fighter was but I think it was as much bout Davis losing that fight as it was Rashad winning.

    Mr. Wonderful was incredibly tentative. He kept starting forward like he was going to throw big punches, but then hesitated and stopped.

    It didn’t look like feints, more like complete lack of confidence. He also looked very stiff and slow, like he over-trained. I was surprised that Rashad couldn’t put him away.

    So the comparisons between Davis and Jones look a bit silly at this point. Jones has only been fighting for about 6 months longer than Davis, but it looks more like 6 years, in terms of skill level.

    Rashad took advantage of the holes in Davis’s game, and looked okay doing it, but I saw nothing that will be keeping Jones up at night worrying.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ny2ut2id2nv ny2ut2id2nv

    Rashad has never lacked confidence ahead it showed when he mocked Jon Jones cage entrance. Jones looked like he got that Christmas gift he’d always wanted post fight. Lets just hope they both stay injury free.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BruceLee Bruce Lee

    Rashad looked good