Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen were expected to win their fights at UFC on FOX 2 Saturday night, and they did just that.
Evans defeated Phil Davis by unanimous decision to become the No. 1 contender for the light heavyweight title while Sonnen defeated Michael Bisping by unanimous decision to earn a future shot at the middleweight championship.
In the main event, Evans simply out-classed Davis with his superior wrestling and striking. Davis, who was in the biggest fight in his career, seemed overwhelmed by the environment and his opponent while Evans remained calm and implemented his game plan.
Evans didn’t look overly impressive but he did enough to win and now will face Jon Jones at UFC 145 in a fight that everyone has been waiting for.
Sonnen had a much more difficult time with Bisping than what was expected. Bisping showed the ability to stay off his back, but he didn’t quite do enough in the eyes of the judges to win the striking contest.
All three rounds were razor thin and there was some debate as to who won, but ultimately the judges all scored the fight in favor of Sonnen. He will now face Anderson Silva for the second time later this year. Sonnen clearly had the best performance against Silva than anyone in the UFC, as he was an arm triangle away from pulling out a decision win over the champion.
For full results from UFC on FOX 2, check out the jump.
UFC on FOX 2 Results (Courtesy of MMAMania.com)
United Center – Chicago, Illinois
January 28, 2012
Rashad Evans defeats Phil Davis via unanimous decision
Chael Sonnen defeats Michael Bisping via Unanimous Decision
Chris Weidman defeats Demian Maia via Split Decision
Evan Dunham def. Nik Lentz via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of round two
Mike Russow def. Jon Olav Einemo via unanimous decision
Cub Swanson def. George Roop via TKO (punches) at 2:22 of round two
Charles Oliveira def. Eric Wisely via submission (kneebar) at 1:43 of round one
Michael Johnson def. Shane Roller via unanimous decision
Lavar Johnson def. Joey Beltran via KO at 4:24 of round one
Chris Camozzi def. Dustin Jacoby via submission (guillotine) at 1:08 of round three
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