UFC 114 Results: Evans Dominates, Diego Disappoints, Russow Rocks Duffee

Posted on May 30, 2010

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Mike Russow shocks Todd Duffee and rest of the world.

  • RESULTS:
  • (Prelim) Ryan Jensen def. Jesse Forbes via R1 Submission (guillotine)
  • (Prelim) Aaron Riley def. Joe Brammer via Unanimous Decision
  • (Prelim) Cyrille Diabate def. Luiz Cane via Unanimous Decision
  • (SpikeTV lead-in) Efrain Escadero def. Dan Lauzon via Unanimous Decision
  • (SpikeTV lead-in) Dong Hyun Kim def. Amir Sadollah via Unanimous Decision
  • John Hathaway def. Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Jason Brilz via Unanimous Decision
  • Mike Russow def. Todd Duffee via R3 TKO
  • Michael Bisping def. Dan Miller via Unanimous Decision
  • Rashad Evans def. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via Unanimous Decision

UFC OFFICIAL BONUSES ($65,000 to each fighter)
Submission of the night: Ryan Jenssen
Knockout of the Night: Mike Russo
Fight of the Night: Brilz vs. Nogueira

Analysis after the jump.


ANALYSIS:

– It’s great that Diego Sanchez puts so much time into his conditioning, but is it coming at the detriment of his fight training? Sanchez re-invented himself after back to back losses to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch in 2007, but since he dropped down to lightweight he has increased his level of aggression and cardio at the expense of his skillset. He’s more explosive, but not better, and as a result he’s become exposed. The element of surprise is lost and his opponents now have a good read on him. It’s time for him to re-evaluate his approach…again. Thankfully, he’s still young.

– Kudos to Jason Brilz for overcoming expectations and putting on a fantastic performance against a legend. But a big thumbs down on him throwing his arms up and posing for the crowd at the end of Round 2 rather than puttingLittle Nog away. That cost him the fight, which I had scored 29-28 Nog. I know that live crowd loves the underdog, but I didn’t see the decision as controversial at all.

– Mike Russow told Joe Rogan he was disappointed in his own performance, but I sure as Hell wasn’t. Even before that spectacular knockout in the third, Russow showed great resiliency and fought smart. He figured out he wasn’t going to be able to get it to the ground, but also realized he could withstand Todd Duffee‘s onslaught. As such, he adjusted his strategy with counter-punching that threw off Duffee’s rhythm and patiently waited for his opening. Todd Duffee had said coming into this fight that he (Duffee himself) was overrated and that we were underestimating Russow. Self-fulfilling prophecy. Duffee’s still young and still has a future, but he has to stop with the self-deprecation and start acting like he deserves to be there. Confidence carries, Todd.

– Michael Bisping fought exactly the way I thought he would fight. Dan Miller surprised me in his willingness to exchange, which definitely cost him the fight but probably won him some time to remain on the UFC roster.

– Quinton “Rampage” Jackson learned an important lesson about the human body: you can gain 30 pounds of just fat,  but when you lose 30 pounds you lose both fat AND muscle. See, there’s a common misconception created by the weight loss industry that you can target fat loss. In reality, when your body supplements a caloric deficit by burning up mass, it does not distinguish between fat and muscle. Jackson lost a significant amount of muscle mass on his upper-body, and it showed visually and in his inability to push Rashad off the cage or overpower him on the ground. What’s worse is that he still looked every bit as scatterbrained and tentative as he did against Forrest Griffin, except without the benefit of his one primary tool (his raw power). You’ll hear people say that Rashad Evans won this fight because “he wants it more.” That’s partially true, but only in the sense that because Evans wants it more, he’s willing to stay in the game and put in the time to continually train and keep learning in order to remain at the upper tier of his weight class.
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