UFC on Fox 2: Evans, Sonnen earn title shots, Weidman puts himself on the map Josh Davis January 28, 2012 Events, Recaps UFC on Fox 2 did not disappoint. Though it only showed three fights, the three fights it aired showcased some of the best fighters the UFC has to offer. UFC on Fox 2 brought fans two fights that could have easily headlined their own pay-per-view event in Rashad Evans versus Phil Davis and Chael Sonnen versus Michael Bisping. These fights gave the fans everything they could have asked for except a highlight reel finish. In addition to these fights, Chris Weidman showed the world why he is considered to be one of the top prospects in the middleweight division. UFC on Fox 2 took place at the United Center in Chicago and all but the first fight of the night aired live on Fuel TV and Fox. Evans schools Davis, earns grudge match with Jones The main event of UFC on Fox 2 hosted two of the best fighters in the light heavyweight division: Rashad Evans and Phil Davis. A win for Evans would guarantee him a shot at the title, while a win for Davis would catapult him to stardom. Evans came out quick and wanted to prove to Davis that he had bitten off more than he could chew. With both fighters looking to find their range, Evans was able to catch a quick leg kick and get the first takedown of the night. From then on out, school was in session. Evans was able to control Davis’ position, get dominant positions and spent several minutes just beating Davis up. The second, third and fourth rounds were no different than the first with Evans completely schooling Davis in every aspect of the fight. Evans out-classed Davis on the feet and was able to put on an MMA wrestling clinic when the fight went to the ground. Though Evans was unable to finish Davis, Davis offered very little offense or defense in this fight. When the fifth round started, Davis was a battered but not beaten man. He came out with the heart of a champion and continued to give it everything he had, but in the end Evans was just too good. In the final round, Evans continued to out-strike and out-wrestle Davis and ultimately earned a unanimous victory, winning every round on the judges’ scorecards. With the victory, Evans will now face Jon Jones in April for the light heavyweight title. Sonnen defeats Bisping, earns rematch with Silva The co-main event of the evening between Michael Bisping and Chael Sonnen was to determine the No. 1 contender in the middleweight division. Many people, both fans as well as so-called experts, gave Bisping little chance in this fight, expecting Sonnen to walk right through him. Bisping proved all of the doubters wrong. Even though he did not get the victory, Bisping did prove to the world that he does deserve to fight the best. In the first round, Sonnen came out aggressive, looking to overwhelm the Brit. Bisping, however, was able to weather the storm and by the end of the round he was still in the fight. Sonnen was able to get a few takedowns and land some solid shots both on the ground and in the clinch, but he was not able to control Bisping or do any significant damage. In the second stanza, Bisping came out and showed Sonnen that he would not be bullied. Bisping forced Sonnen to fight and was even able to beat Sonnen at his own game. Bisping was able to control Sonnen in the clinch and prevent the takedowns and while doing so, he was able to get the better of the striking. At the end of the round, Bisping had worked himself right back into the fight and even taken the momentum. The third round started with both fighters knowing that the fight was still up for grabs, and it was Sonnen that was able to impose his will. With his aggressive wrestling and relentless pace, Sonnen was able to get the fight to the ground and control position. Though he did not do much damage, he did dominate position, which earned him the round and ultimately another shot at UFC gold. Chris Weidman stuns Demian Maia, wins decision Chris Weidman took this fight on 11 days notice and many people wondered whether or not he would be ready to take on a fighter the caliber of Demian Maia. Well, the world can stop wondering, as Weidman was able to out-class Maia in all aspects of the fight game, earning himself the decision. The opening round started slow with both fighters trying to feel each other out, but it was Weidman that was able to find his range and use his reach to get the better of the striking game. The second round was more of the same, with both fighters exchanging punches. Though Weidman was still getting the overall edge, Maia was starting to find his range. This forced Weidman to start to attempt some takedowns. Maia was able to stuff most of the takedowns, but Maia did not appear that he wanted to get into a ground war with Weidman. The third round was a repeat of the first two, with Weidman getting the slight edge in the fight. By this time, both fighters were exhausted and were fighting out of desperation, but Weidman still seemed to be one step ahead of Maia and continued to get the best of the exchanges. When it was all said and done, and after a few discrepancies on the judges’ scorecards, Weidman won a unanimous decision. Full Results Rashad Evans def. Phil Davis via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) Chael Sonnen def. Michael Bisping via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Chris Weidman def. Demian Maia via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Evan Dunham def. Nik Lentz via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00 Mike Russow def. John-Olav Einemo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) Cub Swanson def. George Roop via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:22 Charles Oliveira def. Eric Wisely via submission (calf crusher) – Round 1, 1:43 Michael Johnson def. Shane Roller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Lavar Johnson def. Joey Beltran via KO (punches) – Round 1, 4:24 Chris Camozzi def. Dustin Jacoby via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:08 GarrettDerr Awesome job, Josh.