May 29, 2010
UFC 114 Blow By Blow
By NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency
Quinton (Rampage) Jackson and Rashad (Sugar) Evans finally get to settle their score in the main event of UFC 114.
Diego (Nightmare) Sanchez vs. John (The Hitman) Hathaway
Sanchez takes octagon control and connects with a left-straight. He shoots and presses Hathaway against the cage. Hathaway brings him back up and catches Sanchez with an elbow. Sanches dives for another takedown, but Hathaway spins out.
Hathaway with an outside leg kick. Sanchez connects with a straght-left, but eats a hook. Hathaway with a right-straight. Hathaway catches him with a massive knee and unloads with punches and elbows on the ground. Sanchez regains his composure and is defending against the shots now. Hathaway enters his guard.
Hathaway starts grinding away with forearms and elbows. He tags Sanchez with a big elbow and delivers more punches, but Sanchez grabs a hold of Hathaway's head. Hathaway postures up and throws some hammerfists. More punches and elbows to the head and body from Hathaway as the round ends.
Hathaway with a right-straight and tries a headkick. Big left hook from Hathaway. Sanchez misses a headkick. Sanchez with a nice overhand right. He follows it with a hook to the body. Another right-straight from Hathaway.
Sanchez with a straight-left. Sanchez shoots and takes Hathaway down. Hathaway is attempting to use the cage to stand up. He gets back to his feet and Sanchez tries to take him down again. Hathaway breaks away from him and connects with a straight-right.
Hathaway throw a right-straight, but Sanchez counters with a jab. Sanchez has his right hand down, with his left cocked to counter. It's like he's daring Hathaway to punch him so he can respond with a straight-left.
Sanchez with a nice jab, but Hathaway catches him with a straight-right as the round ends.
Hathaway catches him coming in with a left-hook. Sanchez explodes and lands a right-hook. Hathaway with a right-straight. Both guys seem to have slowed down a bit now. Sanchez tries a takedown, but Hathaway defends and catches him with an uppercut. Stiff right from Sanchez.
Sanchez shoots from way outside takedown range, so Hathaway easily defends it. Sanchez needs to make something happen here. Big straight-right from Hathaway. Good jab from Hathaway. Head-snapping jab from Hathaway. He follows with another straight-right. Now Hathaway takes him down, but stands back up.
Hathaway goes over the top with a left. He lands another right straight as the round ends.
Winner: John Hathaway by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Antonio Rogerio (Minotoro) Nogueira vs. Jason Brilz
Brilz looks a bit tense in his stand-up. Nogueira with a leg kick. Big knee to the head from Nogueira. He delivers another knee -- to the body this time. Brilz with a takedown and delivers a nice overhand right. Nogueira slips out, but Brilz takes him down again. Nogueira slips out, takes Brilz down and has his back.
Brilz escapes and they're back to the feet. Stright-left from Nogueira. Brilz shoots and presses him against the cage. Nogueira escapes. Nogueira with a straight-left.
Brilz shoots, but Nogueira grabs a guillotine choke. Brilz pops his head out and is in half-guard. Now Nogueira sweeps him, but Brilz has him in a guillotine choke! It's tight! Brilz finally gives up the choke. Wow. That was close.
Brilz is on top and delivers an elbow. Nogueira sweeps and is in side-control. Brilz pops out, but Nogueira works for an Anaconda choke. Brilz stands up, though. Brilz grabs a single-leg, but Nogueira defends it. Nogueira with a flurry, but Brilz ducks it.
Brilz tries another single-leg, but Nogueira steps away from it. Big right-hook from Brilz. Huge knee from Nogueira. They swing for the fences and Brilz is tagging him. But now Brilz is showboating instead of attacking.
Nogueira needs to finish him here.
Nice jab from Nogueira. Brilz gets the takedown, but Nogueira has a guillotine. Brilz pops his head out again. He's now in side-control. Nogueira sweeps and is on top. Brilz gets back up and shoots for a takedown. He drops for an ankle. Nogueira steps away.
Brilz looks tired now. He shoots again, but Nogueira stuffs it and is on top now. Nogueira is going for a D'Arce choke. He lets it go and Brilz is back up. Big jab from Nogueira. Brilz shoots, but Nogueira is on top and pulls him into a crucifix. Brilz escapes and is on top of Nogueira! Nogueira sweeps him again and is on top as the round ends.
Winner: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). Wow. I'm a Nogueira fan, but I don't know if he deserved the judges' nod. The fans boo the decision.
Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow
Duffee comes out swinging. Russow tries a takedown, but Duffee shrugs it off. Duffee connects with a flurry. Duffee drops him, but Russow gets back to his feet. Russow tries a takedown, but Duffee avoids it.
Duffee with a big right-straight, but Russow takes it. Duffee is swinging for the fences, but Russow avoids the punches. Big overhand right from Duffee. Huge uppercut from Duffee, but Russow is still standing. Duffee tries a headkick.
Russow tries a double-jab, but Duffee connects with another uppercut. Duffee with another uppercut. Both guys have slowed a bit.
Russow tries for a takedown, but Duffee shrugs it off. Duffee with a left-hook. There's really not much happening now. Duffee keeps changing levels, but isn't throwing much. Russow tries a takedown, but Duffee avoids it.
Duffee with a jab. The crowd is booing profusely now. The round ends.
Duffee with a jab. Duffee counters a takedown attempt with an uppercut. Another uppercut from Duffee. Russow misses on another takedown attempt. Straight-left from Duffee. He switches back to an orthodox stance. They trade jabs.
Russow connects with a huge straight-right and Duffee is out! That woke everyone up.
Winner: Mike Russow by third-round knockout.
Michael (The Count) Bisping vs. Dan Miller
Bisping just got poked in the eye by the vaseline guy before entering the cage.
Bisping lands two jabs. Miller with a nice left-hook. Miller lands an unintentional low blow. Bisping misses a straight-right, but tags him with a jab. Straight-right from Bisping. Miller with a nice uppercut.
Miller counters a straight-right with an overhand right. Miller with a solid body shot. Leg kick from Miller. Miller with another body punch. Miller with a left-right combo. Miller counters a jab with a leg kick. Inside leg kick from Miller.
Miller with a body punch. Bisping misses an overhand right. Nice straight-right from Bisping. They trade jabs. Miller snaps his head with a jab of his own.
Miller lands a jab and follows with a body shot. MIller with a straight-right and an inside leg kick. Nice body punch from Miller. Bisping catches a leg kick, but can't do anything with it. Bisping with a big left-right combo. Miller just takes it and keeps moving forward. Bisping with a straight-right. Miller blocks a headkick and responds with a left-right.
Bisping lands a huge right. Miller is bleeding from the nose. Nice straight-right from Bisping. Another straight-right from Bisping. Miller with a straight-right.
Big right hand from Miller at the buzzer.
Miller with an insdie leg kick, but Bisping responds with big shots. Miller charges, but Bisping again counters. Why Miller hasn't gone for a takedown is beyond me. Straight-right from Bisping. Bisping with a jab. Miller finally takes him down. Bisping stands up against the cage. Miller with a body punch. Bisping lands a jab. Miller tags him with a body kick, but eats a left-hook. Big right hand from Bisping. Miller shoots and presses him against the cage.
They separate and Bisping catches him with a jab. They stand and trade as the fight ends.
Winner: Michael Bisping by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Quinton (Rampage) Jackson vs. Rashad (Sugar) Evans
Big staredown before the fight.
Jackson takes octagon control. Evans tags him with a big right and Jackson stumbles into the cage. Evans tries a takedown against the fence. They exchange knees from the clinch. Evans keeps him pressed against the fence.
Jackson with a knee to the body. They restart. Evans ducks under Jackson's punches and takes him to the mat. Jackson gets back to his feet, but eats some punches on the way up. Evans keeps him pressed against the cage and delivers knees to the legs.
They restart. Evans misses a takedown attempt and Jackson explodes with punches as the round ends.
Jackson still looks like he's trying to judge the distance. Evans charges and clinches, pressing Jackson on the fence again. Evans breaks and they restart. Evans is keeping a low base and dancing around a lot. Evans explodes with another takedown attempt. They're in the clinch against the cage again. Referee Herb Dean restarts them. Jackson tries a jab, but Evans steps out. Evans with an uppercut and he once again presses Jackson on the cage. I see a pattern forming. Evans tries a takedown and switches to Jackson's back. He drives him into the cage as the round ends.
Evans throws a jab, but misses a takedown attempt. Jackson tags him with a left-hook, follows with a right and Evans is down! Jackson explodes with punches and Evans is trying to survive. Evans stands up and they restart. Jackson is letting him recover now. He's not even attacking. Evans shoots and gets the takedown. Now Evans is delivering big punches. Jackson is back to his feet, but Evans puts him down. Jackson stands up and the fight is over.
Winner: Rashad Evans by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)