The UFC kicked off their 2013 pay-per-view year tonight with a stacked UFC 156 fight card. In tonight’s co-main event, Antonion Rogerio Nogueira upset Rashad Evans with a big decision victory. In other action, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Demian Maia, and Joe Benavidez all picked up victories on the PPV.
Be sure to check out our full UFC 156 and stay tuned for our coverage of tonight’s main event between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Lil’ Nogueira Upsets Evans
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira pulled off arguably the biggest win by defeating former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. Evans was never able to get comfortable in the bout as “Lil’ Nog” stopped his takedown attempts and landed the cleaner strikes. The win was Nogueira’s second in a row, as the Brazilian as kept to his UFC pattern of winning two and losing two.
Rashad Evans take a huge step back after this fight, and will likely look to reconfigure some things before his next fight in the Octagon.
“Bigfoot” Bounces Back to Upset Overeem
After two rounds that saw Alistair Overeem control the action, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva took advantage of the Dutchman’s cockiness and floored him with a massive flurry. Overeem was lucky that it was Herb Dean refereeing the fight, as Silva clearly lost his cool while destroying the fighter that had spent the previous months, and first two rounds, mocking him. Silva is now 2-0 in the UFC after being destroyed by newly-crowned heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Overeem’s next fight will be interesting with his arrogance costing him so much in the Octagon tonight.
Maia Dominates Fitch
Demian Maia was absolutely dominant in tonight’s bout against Jon Fitch. Maia thoroughly dominated one of the best wrestlers in MMA on the ground (again) and threatened with chokes and looked for armbars throughout the fight. Maia is now 3-0 at welterweight and has defeated contenders in each fight. The Brazilian’s performance tonight likely catapults him into the top five of the division.
Benavidez Edges McCall
Joe Benavidez edged Ian McCall in a tightly contested bout to kick off the UFC fight card. Benavidez’s power and aggression is likely what swung the scorecards in his favor. McCall won the only clear round, the second, but Benavidez did a great job striking and scrambling in the first and third rounds to gain the victory. The victory by the Team Alpha Male possibly sets up either a title shot with UFC champ Demetrious Johnson, or at least a number one contender’s bout, for Benavidez’s next fight. Meanwhile, McCall drops to 0-2-1 since joining the UFC and arguably holds the dubious distinction of being the best fighter in the UFC without a win in three fights.
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (punches) at 0:25 of Round 3
- Demian Maia def. Jon Fitch via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Joe Benavidez def. Ian McCall via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)