MMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC 167 continues with our recap of tonight’s co-main event between Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen. In the battle of former number one contenders, Evans would remain in contention with a dominant victory tonight in Las Vegas.
Evans Steamrolls Sonnen
In a battle of UFC analysts, and elite fighters, it was former UFC champion Rashad Evans that would prevail over Chael Sonnen tonight in Las Vegas. Evans quickly asserted him in the first round of their fight, and once he got Sonnen to the ground the bout was all but over. Evans blasted Sonnen with heavy punches and forced referee Herb Dean to step in and call the fight.
Evans has now won two straight since his baffling performance at UFC 156 against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and could find himself facing a possible title eliminator in his next fight. Meanwhile, Sonnen will now turn his focus to coaching TUF: Brazil 3 opposite heated rival Wanderlei Silva.
Rd. 1- Herb Dean is our referee tonight. Sonnen storms forward and tries a double leg before entering the clinch. Short knees and punches by Chael but Evans reverses briefly and then they switch again. Evans with a double leg and Sonnen uses a guillotine to defend the choke. Nasty right hand by Evans and Sonnen swings back wildly but doesn’t really connect. Evans clinches again and secures a double leg takedown and passes to half guard. Lefts by Evans now but Sonnen is staying active so far. Nice right by Evans. Big right elbow from Evans lands and Sonnen gives up his back before giving up mount. Huge shots from the back mount and Sonnen is completely flattened out and taking big shots from Evans. Dean calls a halt to the fight due to the strikes and that’s a wrap.
Rashad Evans def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (strikes) at 4:05 of Round 1