Once again, elevated levels of trash talk have translated in to a generally cautious fight. The main event of UFC 114 pitting Rashad Evans against Rampage Jackson translated into a rather pedestrian affair, with Rashad scoring takedowns and a couple decent shots standing.
Eventually, Rampage was able to effectively counter punch in the third round, landing a big punch to send Rashad to the ground. After a brief ground and pound assault by Rampage, Rashad was able to counter, ending up with a takedown of his own and ground and pound. In the end all three judges gave the match to Rashad. Rashad will now meet Shogun Rua for a shot at the title.
A co-main event of Michael Bisping and Dan Miller played out like a technical kickboxing match, with Miller failing to get a takedown until the third round. Bisping proved the better kickboxer, getting the better of all the exchanges. Look for Bisping to fight Nate Quarry or Tim Credeur next.
Mike Russow notched one of the most epic come from behind victories in UFC history in his defeat of the younger and much more chiseled Todd Duffee. While both fighters weighed in at 253, Duffee was far more lean, pushing the pace throughout the fight.
Duffee landed shots at will on Russow sending him to one knee after landing an uppercut in the first round. Russow stayed moving, attempting takedowns that were stuffed by Duffee every time. Midway through the third round, Russow landed a big right hand to the temple of Duffe, then added another shot as Duffee went tumbling to the canvas. Russow is now 2-0 in the UFC, and will likely face a fighter like Cheick Kongo or Gabriel Gonzaga next.
*Russow earns KO of the Night
Rashad Evans def Quinton Jackson via unanimous dec
Michael Bisping def Dan Miller via unanimous dec
Mike Russow def Todd Duffee via KO(punch) R3, 2:35
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def Jason Brilz via split dec
John Hathaway def Diego Sanchez via unanimous dec
Dong Hyun Kim def Amir Sadollah via unanimous dec
Efrain Escudero def Dan Lauzon via unanimous dec
Melvin Guillard def Waylon Lowe via KO (knee) R1, 3:28
Cyrille Diabate def Luiz Cane via TKO (punches) R1, 2:13
Aaron Riley def Joe Brammer via unanimous dec
Ryan Jensen def Jesse Forbes via sub (guillotine) R1, 1:06