What we learned from UFC 108
Watching Evans mix up his wrestling and striking against
Evans (14-1-1) confounded Silva (14-2) in rounds one and two. He pushed forward with strikes, moved into the clinch, dropped down for double- and single-leg takedowns. He forced the heavy-hitting Brazilian to react rather than attack, and it worked beautifully. It helped that Silva only moved straight back and refused to change angles or step to the side. But that was due more to Evans' speed, which is too much for most light heavyweights, especially when he refuses to make himself one dimensional.
In the third, Evans wasn't nearly as aggressive and he paid for it. Perhaps it was a reaction to being up on the cards. Whatever the reason, when made the mistake of slowing down, Silva settled down. The 27-year-old Brazilian began to sit on his punches, and eventually one landed, giving him a glimpse at the fight.
Evans possesses many gifts, but his success in the cage will be determined by tactics. When he pushes forward with speed and power, there aren't many 205-pound mixed martial artists who can handle him.
When Evans took a stiff right hand with two minutes remaining in the third round, it appeared for a moment as if he was going to squander a decision victory and the payoff of a major fight against
Yet Silva let Evans off the hook, the decision went to the former UFC light heavyweight champion, and the UFC secured a major bout to promote later in the year.
With a release date of June 11, "The A-Team," which features Jackson in the role of
The UFC made great strides improving its heavyweight talent over the past three years. While the promotion failed to land
2010 should deliver quite a payoff. With due respect to undefeated
Kicking off the pay-per-view portion of UFC 108, dos Santos was paired with veteran Dutch striker
So why was I so impressed with "Cigano" Saturday? He gave Yvel no quarter. There wasn't an ounce of respect shown for a knockout artist responsible for dynamic finishes during his career. It was with that same attitude that dos Santos (10-1) walloped
It's well known dos Santos won't fight the man that discovered him,
OK, this isn't something anyone learned tonight. You'd be hard pressed to find a welterweight unaware of 26-year-old Paul Daley's striking prowess. Yet for some reason they keep standing in front of him.
In his UFC debut against
Welterweights in the UFC take heed: stand with Daley (23-8-3) at your own risk. Thompson didn't and won. Shields too.
Daley may have worked to improve his takedown defense, but there's no point in giving the guy a pass. Until he defeats a submission-savvy wrestler, I have a hard time considering him a legitimate top 10 welterweight, even if most rankings place him there now. A win over the likes of
To say UFC 108 suffered from poor luck would be like suggesting
When fight night rolled around, the right style fights combined with late replacements ensured quality action. The undercard certainly delivered with furious and violent stoppages. When