The Big Body Breakdown: UFC on FOX – Evans vs. Davis
Well ladies and gentleman we are underway for another edition of the longstanding Morning After Pill. Granted this article started only a few months ago, but let's be real, this has lasted longer than most FOX comedy shows. UFC on FOX 2 set off another marker in MMA pushing itself closer to the mainstream world. Very interesting news coming into and out of this event starting with Mark Munoz being injured and replaced by Michael Bisping to face Chael Sonnen for the number one contender spot to face Anderson Silva for the middleweight title. Michael Bisping being moved up the card changed opponents for Demian Maia and gave Chris Weidman a huge opportunity to move up the ranks. Finally in the main event, Rashad Evans proved why he is one of the top dogs in the division in beating Phil Davis in a very strategic fight, wearing the young Davis down. In a most awkward segue; let's see this Big Body Breakdown crack some skulls on winners and losers.
Rashad Evans - Rashad Evans did very well in this fight against a young hungry fighter. He came in with a strategy that every veteran should have when facing the young lions of the cage; that is maintain your poise and timing. Phil Davis and Rashad Evans are both great wrestlers, but Rashad's style of wrestling is better suited for MMA. Evans can easily drop and catch you in a brawling game just so he can shoot on you and take you down, and does so with the best of them. Metaphorically (and literally) Phil Davis could not get his feet under him at all this fight and it just played right into Rashad Evans’ hand for the victory. What's next is Jon Jones for the world title, pending neither gets injured opening a bag of Cheetos.
Chael Sonnen - Some people called the fight closer than it really was. Sonnen was for the most part, in complete control and dominating. What really turns people's eyes in that fight is that in the moments Bisping had to shine, he almost did, and to his credit trained very well and tried, but just came up short against Sonnen. Chael, yet again despite, his antics and golden sound bite promos has earned another title shot with Anderson Silva for the middleweight title, in Brazil. To say he is in a hostile territory would be a severe understatement, but expect the hype train behind this fight to pick up steam quickly.
Chris Weidman - Truth be told, despite running in place like an old man with hip replacement, his win against the highly touted Demian Maia was impressive. Coming into the UFC and having to fight Alessio Sakara on short notice put this kid on the radar, but this win really makes some heads turn his direction. Although not the most exciting fight to watch, he controlled the pace of this fight well against a very savvy Demian Maia. Although his stand up needs more fine tuning, look for him to have a fight relatively soon against possibly Palhares or Munoz.
an style=”color: #ff0000;”>Phil Davis - He came in this fight with a game plan that just wasn’t good enough against Rashad Evans. Davis looked completely unprepared for the veteran and his timing, not to mention his inability to keep his feet under him and nearly gassing out by the second round. Very unusual for Davis to look so gassed, seeing as how most of his wins have all come by grinding fighters out and wearing them down with wrestling. Even with a better game plan, Davis is still very raw as a fighter and needs to understand the fundamentals of stand up better. He will also need to understand how to transition his wrestling to more of an MMA style of wrestling like Rashad Evans or even a Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar type, where he can constantly change levels to catch his opponent off balance. What's next for Phil Davis, hopefully more training, but afterwards maybe a fight with Vladimir Matyushenko would do his career some good.