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UFC 114 Aftermath: Rashad Evans, Kind of Out-of-Shape-Looking Guys Win the Day


("This is bullshit, I’ll be in my trailer. Somebody come get me when craft services arrives." / Photo courtesy of the ‘UFC 114 Photos’ gallery on MMAFighting.com.)

Before Rashad Evans restored order to the universe by outmaneuvering and out-grappling Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event, UFC 114 turned out to be a surprisingly good night for guys sporting what might charitably be described as the “man on the street” build. A dumpy Mike Russow and a doughy Jason Brilz each turned in the evening’s most interesting performances, for different reasons.

Brilz, who stepped in on short notice for an injured Forrest Griffin, got flat-out screwed in dropping a split decision loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira after clearly winning at least two rounds of their fight. Russow, on the other hand, spent almost three full periods letting Todd Duffee use his face for target practice before he calmly clicked Duffee’s off switch with a lucky right midway through the final round.

It’s a shame the UFC doesn’t award a bonus for “Most Obvious Post-Fight Comment,” because the winner certainly would’ve been Russow, who (without a hint of irony) told Joe Rogan: “I need to get back in the gym,” during their in-ring interview, after Rogan called his KO of Duffee “the best come-from-behind, one-punch knockout in (MMA) history.”

Uh, dude, you need to get back in the gym?


Nogueira and Brilz both pocketed $65,000 bonuses for Fight of the Night, while Russow earned the KO of the Night award and Ryan Jensen scored Submission of the Night for choking out Jesse Forbes in the first fight on the card.

In other action, Michael Bisping showed up with hair and something resembling a tan and defeated Dan Miller by decision, while John Hathaway surprised everyone with the ease in which he handled Diego Sanchez in the pay-per-view’s opening bout. Hathaway scored a unanimous decision win.

For pure action, each of those performances overshadowed the main event which, after months of Jackson and Evans letting their mouths run in circles, couldn’t possibly hope to live up to the hype. In the end, the bout looked more reminiscent of Evans’ first handful of fights in the Octagon than anything else. Rashad executed a great game plan, using his superior mobility and wrestling to fatigue and frustrate Jackson en route to a unanimous decision win. The Vegas crowd – which pretty much booed the shit out of everything and everyone on Saturday – was not impressed with his performance, but it was fairly dominating.

For Jackson, coming off a 14-month layoff while he filmed what’s sure to be this summer’s most-poorly reviewed blockbuster, the gas tank proved to be lacking and the game plan cooked up at the Wolfslair in the UK too one-dimensional. After getting stumbled by a punch in the opening seconds of the fight, Jackson never really seemed to get going. Even during his one bright spot, when he almost finished Evans in the third by knocking him to the canvas with a left-right combo, he didn’t have the wind to press the action once Rashad had weathered the storm on the ground.

The two didn’t speak in the cage after the fight (which was probably for the best) but, after delivering a surprisingly contrite and humble concession speech, Jackson immediately expressed interest in a rematch with his longtime rival. To which, every discerning MMA fan who had to witness the lead-up to this fight simultaneously screamed: Noooooooooooooo!

At the post-fight press conference, Jackson admitted that ring rust and the distractions of appearing as B.A. Baracus in the “A-Team” remake both played a part in his loss. True to their words, he and Evans refused to bury the hatchet … and also couldn’t resist playing one final game of “Yeah, what he said!” as they’ve been doing for over a year now.

"He can kiss my ass," Jackson told the press. "He fought a good fight. I’m not a sore loser, I’m a fighter, but I’m not going to forget the stuff he said."

"I feel the same way. He can kiss my ass, too," Evans responded.

And that was that. For now.

Complete UFC 114 results:
Rashad Evans def. Rampage Jackson via unanimous decision.
Michael Bisping def. Dan Miller by unanimous decision.
Mike Russow def. Todd Duffee by third-round TKO.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Jason Brilz by split decision.
John Hathaway def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision.

Preliminary Card on SpikeTV:
Dong Hyun Kim def. Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision.
Efrain Escudero def. Dan Lauzon by unanimous decision.

Preliminary Card:
Melvin Guillard def. Waylon Lowe by first-round TKO.
Cyrille Diabate def. Luiz Arthur Cane by first-round TKO.
Aaron Riley def. Joe Brammer via unanimous decision.
Ryan Jensen def. Jesse Forbes via submission (guillotine).

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roughouse- May 31, 2010 at 6:52 pm
@GhostBoner Todd Duffee's ass < Arianny Celeste's ass
*****GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE*****

Im not hating on Brilz, I like the guy, I dont feel he BEAT Nog. I think Nog was expecting a pushover and got more than he bargained for. I call it a draw if anything. I think it is fair to say that Nog couldn't adapt his gameplan to fit Brilz.

Also, I employ the term "honky" at my sole discretion.

The real loser of the night was poor Todd Duffee. That guy shoulda finished Bellyman off sooner. I hope that maybe when Duffee wakes up in 2011 they have a rematch or something...just not on PPV.



fatbellyfrank- May 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm
Looks like I'm in the minority here, which is cool, I still stand by what I said during the fight, I feel Brilz did enough to take the first two rounds, so i guess I'll just have to disagree with most of you on that point. Good effort from Brilz at short notice though, win lose or draw.
Violent By Design- May 31, 2010 at 5:48 pm
I don't think Brilz was robbed either, granted he did 100x better than I expected him too, Round 1 was close, but I scored it (only just) to Little Nog, and Little Nog clearly won Round 3.

I had Brilz clearly winning Round 2.

Steffmeister- May 31, 2010 at 5:01 pm
John Hathaway made me an instant fan in that fight!

And great card, lots of well pased fights...
Get Off Me- May 31, 2010 at 7:25 am
Good night of MMA action overall.

Brillz v. Nog(not a screw job)
One thing I noticed in particular in the Nog v. Brillz fight was that Lil Nog was moving forward more often during the course of the fight, to me it was close but had had Nog 29-28(rds 1 and 3 like many on here already have stated).

Russow(iron double chin) v. Duffee
One thing I noticed with this fight was that Russow threw that right hand about 20 times before it finally landed in the 3rd round, for the most part Duffee kept countering with the right uppercut inside, but I was telling my friends while we were watching that if Russow connects with that, the 24yr old Duffee wouldn't be able to handle it....there was nothing lucky about Russow's win, just that Russow had a shitty connect ratio with that shot.

Diego v. Hathaway
Back down to 155 for Diego please and as many others stated, Hathaway on the main card 4 life.
fatbellyfrank- May 31, 2010 at 4:57 am
@ Ltd, maybe they're calling it lucky because a normal human woulda been lyin on the canvas out cold by the end of round 2.
LukeTheDuke- May 31, 2010 at 4:43 am
@CagePotato -
How can you call the Russow punch a "lucky right"? Maybe if it was a No-look haymaker or something weird like that. Every punch you throw is supposed to hurt your opponent, so you're only really lucky when you don't get hit. If anyone's luck changed, it was Duffee's.
-LtD
Charming Charlie- May 31, 2010 at 3:27 am
I thought the event was a great way to spend some time, and I can't wait for the next event. I barely can get my UFC fix between events. Then again, I'm not usually paying for each event either. I think paying $50 would sour me to any fight outcome that didn't involve a capoeira knockout or a post-fight brawl.
ghostboner- May 31, 2010 at 2:57 am
Apparently Russow spent his whole camp conditioning his skull, and absolutely none of it conditioning his tub of goo abs. Duffee's ass looked way hotter in his tight shorts. And I mean that in a completely hetero macho tatt'd up fight watcher guy kind of way.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 31, 2010 at 12:39 am
About thirty pounds of glazed doughnuts.
fatbellyfrank- May 31, 2010 at 12:15 am
We still haven't addressed the big issue coming out of UFC114, which is, what the fuck is Russow's skull made out of?
knee_strike- May 30, 2010 at 9:40 pm
@roughouse

Nogueira is from Brazil. Tacos are from Mexico. Different country, different language. And 'honky' hasn't been used since The Jeffersons was popular.

Straighten out your racial slurs, tough guy.

fatbellyfrank- May 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm
@roughhouse, yeah I think Brilz won, you sayin after watchin the fight that Lil Nog was the better, more aggresive, more effective fighter over the three rounds? to quote another CP commenter "get the fuck outta here".
Honky got nuthin to do with it, I was just as surprised as anyone by the outcome of the fight, I fully expected Lil Nog to make pretty short work of Brilz, Brilz just grabbed his opportunity with both hands, wheras Lil Nog just didn't seem to have his shit together on the night, and he pretty much said as much when Rogan spoke to him post fight
roughouse- May 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm
Yeah Brilz did okay, but I think cause hes a honky everybody wanted to beat the taco bender. Have we all forgotten Brilz kissing Nog's feet in round 3? You think he "clearly won" get the fuck outta here. Brilz is cool with me, but robber? Nah, maaaaaybe a draw...nah, fuck that. Nog wins.
fatbellyfrank- May 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm
@violentbydesign, hell yeah man, I you didn't get excited by the Hathaway and Brillz fights at very least you may need to check your pulse
Violent By Design- May 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm
I dunno what you guys are all going on about saying it was a lacklustre show, I thought it was a great event. Sure, there were a lot of decisions, but they were all action packed fights minus the Rampage vs. Rashad fight. They wern't boring decisions.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm
I think we've all been around the game long enough to know they can't all be California girls. Shitty cards serve as a counterpoint to define what a good card is, just like shitty promotions force you to be aware of the things good promotions do well.
fatbellyfrank- May 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm
@kingatrock, I've thought that for a while, then I realised that this sensation was completely 100% due to consumption of brews and buds whilst watching said events. I still love me some UFC PPV fights, and get all excited each and every time, granted yesterday wasn't the most exciting card you'll ever see, but IMO had plenty worth watching
Randy Pan- May 30, 2010 at 7:41 pm
Rashad v Shogun. Machida v. Rampage? Machida v. Jon Jones?

The best part of UFC 114 was Russow's knock-out, by far. That's the kind of thing that put the fear of gawd in GSP and makes him go into wrestle-mode against powerful strikers.
KingAtRock- May 30, 2010 at 7:33 pm
UFC ppvs are getting to be so forgettable, its like I never watched ufc 114. Like it took place in some alternate universe of irrelevance.
fatbellyfrank- May 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm
Share the love Brother drano, and Almostnorth, commenting on dudes physiques whilst masturbating would be gay, However I feel we should be allowed to to say how hot a dudes asscheeks look in a macho totally hetero non judgemental manner. Just my opinion, and as Drano says "we still luv's ya" but, in a macho totally hetero non judgemental manner.
Hugs and kisses Teehee,
dranokills- May 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm
Almost North Says:
Mon, 05/31/2010 - 01:13

@Drano

Way to keep it classy. The point of typing teehee was that is how that shit sounds, my stupid ditzy neighbor talks like that not potato nation I thought. Judging by the reaction here I was wrong. If you want to keep talking about dudes bodies instead of fights that is your call. Sorry to all of you if vaguely implying that doing so sounds gay gets you all worked up. And way to add plus ones from the community who calls fighters gay every couple days. Fuck off.
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oh now come on Amigo, we are just pulling your chain, shit, you deserved it after that. you had a big ole target on you, and I had to shot it , don't be bitter hater. we still luv's ya......just you know, curb your little dog iDestroy, he's pissing on my shoe man!
fatbellyfrank- May 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm
@hotpotato, I'd like to see Duffee up against Big Country, I suggest Big Roy would give him a fairly comprehensive ass whoopin
iDestroy- May 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm
@ almost north

Dude I got it. Don't worry.

@drano

-2
HotPotato- May 30, 2010 at 5:41 pm
I completely agree with people "hyping" Hathaway, he got skills.
What I did not agree with was the Dufee hype, and yes I know he dominated Russow before the WTFKO, however in my humble opinion he wouldn't stand a chance against guys like Velazques, Mir, even Nelson! A 7-second KO doesn't mean you're the king of the hill, y'know.
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