Phil (Mr. Wonderful) Davis won a dull unanimous decision over Antonio Rogerio (Minotoro) Nogueira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 24.
Nogueira looked good through the first round, out-striking Davis and stuffing all takedown attempts. However, Davis finally got the fight to the ground after finding his single-leg takedown late in the second.
Davis then mixed up punches to the head and body, grinding his way to a shutout on the judges’ scorecards.
“I want to thank God because I was falling apart in this training camp,” Davis said. “I had all types of injuries.”
Davis admitted he wasn’t too surprised Nogueira was able to defend the takedowns so well.
“I know he’s tough. He is resilient and he learns.”
In a lacklustre co-main event, Anthony (Rumble) Johnson dominated Dan (The Outlaw) Hardy to win a unanimous decision.
The fight started out as a striking battle that saw Johnson knock Hardy down with a head kick. However, from the point onward Johnson simply looked to control him on the ground.
After three uneventful rounds, the judges all scored the bout for Johnson.
This marks Hardy’s third loss in row.
At UFC 111 last March, he dropped a unanimous decision to Georges (Rush) St. Pierre. He then suffered a knockout loss to Carlos (Natural Born Killer) Condit at UFC 120 in October.
Given the UFC’s policy for dropping fighters, don’t be surprised if Hardy is cut from the roster.
Amir Sadollah mauled DaMarques Johnson on the ground with elbows to snag a second-round submission victory.
Though the opening five minutes were closely contested, Sadollah overwhelmed Johnson in the second, taking the fight to the mat and punishing him with punches and elbows. After repeated damage, Johnson had no choice but to tap out.
“I am ecstatic,” Sadollah said. “I just want to say a huge thanks to DaMarques. He took this fight on two weeks notice.”
Sadollah said he wants a top welterweight next.
“I’m here not just to look good, I’m here to be the best and I want to fight the best.”
Chan Sung (The Korean Zombie) Jung avenged his controversial decision loss to Leonard (Bad Boy) Garcia.
Though this fight wasn’t a wild brawl like their first encounter, Jung looked sharp out-striking Garcia.
Near the end of the second round, Jung secured Garcia’s back and cranked the jaw, twisting Garcia’s body, to execute the first twister submission in UFC history.
“I’ve been watching Eddie Bravo videos on YouTube for a long time,” Jung said through his translator. “I’ve been practising on people at Korean Top Team and I told them I’d do a twister in the UFC.”
The two originally meet at WEC 48 last April and slugged it out for 15 minutes. Though Jung continually landed big shots while Garcia mostly hit air, two of the judges awarded the fight to Garcia in one of the worst decisions in recent memory.
Jung said he was happy to avenge the loss.
“For all the people that he felt bad for me losing the first fight, I feel I made it up to everyone,” Jung said.
Mike Russow earned a TKO victory over Jon Madsen after the doctor stopped the fight following the second round.
The two appeared evenly matched in the early striking battle. However, Russow’s size soon proved too much from Madsen, whose eye swelled shut in the second round. Russow kept on the pressure, securing a takedown and unleashing with ground-and-pound.
Though there was speculation the swelling under Madsen’s eye was the result of an accidental headbutt, Russow said it was from his punches.
“I think it was that overhand right,” Russow said. “It’s been 10 months since I’ve been in here. This camp I worked on my conditioning and hands a lot. I think it paid off.”