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UFC 114: Rampage Falls to Evans, Bisping Wins

Evans earns a shot at Shogun's light heavyweight title with his win at UFC 114 Evans earns a shot at Shogun's light heavyweight title with his win at UFC 114

UFC 114 was one of the most-hyped MMA fights of the year, and in the end, Rashad Evans used his superior quickness to dominate Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Michael Bisping also found his way back to the win column by picking apart Dan Miller. Meanwhile fellow Ultimate Fighter alum Diego Sanchez suffered an upset at the hands of Bisping’s English countryman, John Hathaway.

In the main event, Evans continually got his strikes off more quickly than Rampage, easily winning the first and second rounds. Rampage was also unable to do much to fend of Evans’ takedowns or clinch along the fence.

Rampage got his shot to comeback in the third round when he rung Evans with a hook. Evans fell and Rampage followed up with some ground and pound, but let Evans off the hook.

Rampage was inactive while Evans worked his way back to his feet, and then refused to engage a wobbly Evans.

It was an uncharacteristic lack of killer instinct that cost Jackson the win via unanimous decision.

Bisping put together a good striking match to earn a unanimous decision over Dan Miller, whose days in the UFC may have come to an end following his third straight loss. It was a much-needed victory for Bisping, but the Englishman still hasn’t shown that he has what it takes to compete with the UFC’s elite.

The MMA world was anxious to get another look at impressive heavyweight Todd Duffee, who dominated the first two and a half rounds versus Mike Russow. But Russow absorbed a ton of punishment only to come back with a surprise punch that dropped Duffee for the KO.

Jason Brilz came close to pulling off a huge upset against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. But in the end, one judge was all it took, as Nogueira took home a split decision win in a very close fight. Brilz stepped in at the last minute for the injured Forrest Griffin, and used his wrestling to level the playing field against the superior striking Nogueira.

John Hathaway faced a big step up in competition by entering the cage with Diego Sanchez. Hathaway proved he was equal to the task by landing several hard punches on his way to a unanimous decision. He was able to avoid Sanchez’s ground game, and get the job done on his feet, which promises big things in the young fighter’s future.

Melvin Guillard found his way from the undercard to the pay-per-view by dispatching Waylon Lowe with a hard knee to the body that sent Lowe to the mat, unable to continue. Guillard picked up a 1st round TKO when the referee stopped the fight.

UFC 114 was a solid card. Did it live up to the hype that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans spent months building? Maybe not, but efforts from fighters like Michael Bisping and Todd Duffee, win or lose, left nothing for MMA fans to complain about.

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