UFC on Fox 2 – Analysis

Posted by Matt Giancarlo on January - 29 - 2012 with Comments Off on UFC on Fox 2 – Analysis

January 28th, 2012 – the UFC’s return to Chicago at the United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls.  Not only was it the 2nd event in Chicago, but it was their 2nd to be broadcasted Fox.  It was interesting to say the least, with the card having its ups and downs.  The event as a whole had both its positives and negatives, some more than others.

Fight Card Analysis:
The finalized card was not regarded as the UFC’s best fight card by far.  Not exactly their worst either, but what they lacked was a more high-profile undercard.  On that note, a possible counter to having more less-recognized fighters, would be to include more local/Chicago based fighters (Does the name Clay Guida ring a bell?).  On that note, they were able to book fan-favorite Mike Russow, who is a Chicago police officer when he’s not inside the UFC octagon.  Regardless, the UFC in some ways did what it intended to d0, which was to expose lesser-known fighters to the general public.

Fight Analysis:
Highlights of the night include a Chris Camozzi’s 10-finger guillotine choke victory over Dustin Jacoby at 1:08 of the third and final round.  Joey Beltran fell victim to UFC newcomer Lavar Johnson via TKO.  An obvious size difference among the two may have Beltran considering making the drop to the 205lb division.  Another exciting submission victory belonged to Charles Oliveira, who was one of the first fighters in the UFC to end a fight with a calf slicer, earning the submission of the night bonus.  Chicago’s Mike Russow scored a unanimous decision victory over John Olav Einemo.  Although looked hurt at times during the striking exchanges, Russow managed to control and dictate the fight with superior wrestling.  Russow is 4-0 in the UFC now, and is guaranteed to have a tougher test ahead of him, regardless of who his opponent may be.  A top 15 fighter shall be ahead of him for his next matchup.

Main Card:
Demian Maia vs Chris Weidman – Not the best fight of the night by far.  Weidman was able to control the wrestling aspect, and win on the feet, however both fighters appeared to be very tired early.  Maia showed a very questionable game plan during this fight.  He’s possibly the UFC’s best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter that they have, yet every time he was on the ground, he refused to work submissions or sweeps whatsoever, and only looked to stand back up.  However losing the standup battle in all three rounds makes his game plan have little sense.

Chael Sonnen vs Michael Bisping – Definitely the most exciting fight of the three main card bouts.  Bisping won over many fans in that fight, giving a tougher fight to Sonnen than Brian Stann, Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt, and Anderson Silva himself.  I personally scored the fight 29-28 Sonnen as two of the judges have.  The first round seems to be in question the most, but with several takedowns for Sonnen, he rightfully earned the nod for that round.
A question that I received, being “the Sonnen fan from the press conference”, was Bisping won me over last night.  Truth be told, the answer is no, and that’s because he won me over long ago.  I always knew he was a serious and overlooked contender.  His wins over Chris Leben, Dennis Kang, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jason Miller proved that.  But knowing how good he really is, didn’t have to stop me from publically stating that Sonnen was the favorite.  Betting odds for this fight proved my point.

Rashad Evans vs Phil Davis – Suprising fight that many thought would go the other way.  Despite the boo’s in the audience, Rashad Evans showed extremely clean boxing technique, and was able to land and counter at will.  Not only that, but he did the unthinkable and out-wrestled the NCAA champion Phil Davis.  Rashad Evans showed 25 minutes of skill, technique, and calm & collective fighting.  Although many may disagree, I feel that the Rashad Evans/Jon Jones matchup will be a lot closer than most will think.

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