Well, after what was labeled as the biggest grudge match in the history of the UFC, Rampage and Rashad Evans didn’t necessarily put on the slam bangingest fight of all time. I actually thought it was better than I expected, but when you sell a fight so hard, and it’s a one-fight card, the main event has to deliver. And according to most of the FGB crew, it didn’t deliver.
Here’s what we thought about the show:
Thumbs In The MIddle
Best Fight: Diego Sanchez vs. John Hathaway
Worst Fight: Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow
I covered the entire prelims in the post right under this.
Diego’s first fight back at 170 is up first.
1. John Hathaway vs. Diego Sanchez
Sanchez tried for a takedown early and didn’t get it. Hathaway timed a knee to the head perfectly and nearly separated it from his neck. Hathaway spent three minutes trying to finish it. Sanchez took a lot of punishment. Could be a 10-8.
Diego got a takedown, but took too many clean shots. He also landed a few, but he lost another round. He’s leaving his head out there to be destroyed.
Hathaway kept it on the feet and stuffed every takedown attempt. He made Diego look amateurish on the feet.
Winner: John Hathaway by way of a unanimous decision
One judge gave Hathaway the first round 10-8.
2. Jason Brilz vs. Antonio Rogerio Noguiera
Brilz is waiting for Nog to engage and the he’s looking to shoot. He took Nog down and made Nog work. Nog wasn’t able to set up his left hand.
Brilz got another takedown. Nog sunk in a guillotine and so did Brilz. Brilz held it for at least 30 seconds. Nog can’t set up his punches because Brilz is waiting to shoot and grab a leg.
Both guys are tired. Brilz is shooting at will. Nog looks more fresh, but he can’t stop the desperation shoots. Nog crucifixed his arms with a minute left but Brilz got out of it. Great transitions and reversals and escapes in the round. Could be 29-28 Brilz.
Winner: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by way of split decision
The crowd heavily booed the decision after cheering for Nog the entire fight.
3. Mike Russow vs. Todd Duffee
Thanks to Steve J from AngryMarks for doing the play by play of the weigh-ins and letting us use it for our post.
Everyone came in at weight.
1. Evan Dunham (155) v. Marcus ‘Maximus’ Aurelio (156)
2. Nick Catone (185.5) v. Mark ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ Munoz (185.5)
3. Todd Duffee (251) v. Tim Hague (263.5)
4. Justin McCully (238) v. Mike Russow (260)
5. Gabriel Gonzaga (259) v. Chris Tuchscherer (258)
6. Aaron Simpson (185) v. Ed ‘Short Fuse’ Herman (185.5)
7. Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben (185) v. Jake Rosholt (185)
8. Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera (205) v. Krzysztof ‘The Polish Experiment’ Soszynski (205)
9. Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt (185) v. Demian Maia (185)
10. Keith ‘The Dean of Mean’ Jardine (205) v. Thiago Silva (205)
11. Antonio ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira (231) v. Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture (220)