Evans gets nod over Silva

Photo by Chris Cozzone
Photo by Chris Cozzone

Octagonside by Andreas Hale

In a light heavyweight showdown “Sugar” Rashad Evans utilized effective wrestling and well timed punches to defeat Thiago Silva via unanimous decision. Evans rushed Silva immediately in round one and slammed his opponent to the mat multiple times. Round two saw Silva become frustrated by the tenacious wrestling attack of the former light heavyweight champion. In the third and final round Silva flagrantly taunted his gun shy opponent and badly hurt Evans with a ripping right cross. The Brazilian failed to capitalize on the opportunity and time expired. All three scores read the same, 29-28.

The co-main event delivered as Paul “Semtex” Daley exploded on Dustin Hazlett with a violent left hook knocking him out at 2:24 of the first round.

In a lightweight contest Sam Stout utilized his world class kickboxing prowess to beat Joe Lauzon to the punch for three lopsided rounds. Official scores read 30-27 twice and 30-26 in favor of Stout giving him the unanimous decision.

Proving that he is ready to meet the best in the division lightweight Jim Miller defeated Duane Ludwig with a slick armbar at 2:31 of the first round.

In the night’s lone heavyweight fight Junior dos Santos knocked out PrideFC veteran Gilbert Yvel with a counter left hook in the first round. The TKO came at 2:07. With this win dos Santos sets himself up as a top challenger in the heavyweight division.

Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann bounced back from a KO loss to Paul Daley by submitting Jacob Volkmann in the first round with a tight guillotine choke at 4:03.

Lightweight Cole Miller used a beautifully executed inverted triangle to submit Dan Lauzon at 3:05 of the opening period.

NCAA wrestling standout Mark Munoz dispatched Ryan Jensen in the first round with a vicious barrage of punches. Although he was not knocked out, Jensen was taking a lot of punishment and the fight was stopped at 2:30.

Welterweight Jake Ellenberger erased veteran Mike Pyle with an overhand right just :22 seconds into round two. Ellenberger finished the fight after controlling Pyle from the top for much of round one.

Lightweight Rafaello Oliveira defeated UFC newcomer John Gunderson via unanimous decision. Scores all read the same, 30-27.

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