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Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva
Round 1: Both men touched gloves before the fight. Evans moved into Silva immediately and clinched against the cage. Evans got a takedown, but Silva got back up only to be taken down again by Evans. Evans got side control and got into mount but Silva was able to spin out and get back to his feet. A “Silva” chant broke out in the crowd. Both men exchanged on their feet and Evans scored another big takedown and got into side control. Silva got back to his feet again. Evans pushed forward again and went for the clinch. Evans landed a nice body shot and took Silva to the ground again. Silva got back to his feet and missed a couple punches as the round ended. Good round for Evans. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Evans.
Round 2: Silva started the round circling to the right and Evans charged in and clinched Silva against the cage. Evans is looking the best I’ve ever seen him here. He scored another takedown, and the crowd seems to be turning, as a “USA” chant broke out. Silva got back up and Evans scored another big takedown. Silva is visibly frustrated. Silva got back to his feet and was driven to the cage by Evans. Silva was able to break free and land a shot in. Silva landed a kick and is loosening up a bit. Evans got another takedown, but Silva got back to his feet and they were tied up against the cage as the round came to a close. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Evans.
Round 3: Silva needs to finish Evans in this round if he wants to win this fight. Silva stuffed a takedown, but Evans pressed Silva against the cage. Silva broke free and Evans backed away. Evans scored yet another takedown, and Silva was quickly back up to his feet. Silva continues to grow frustrated by Evans’ takedowns. Silva motioned for Evans to bring it, and Silva out his hands down and mocked Evans, trying to goad him into a stand up battle. Silva clipped Evans and knocked Evans to the ground, but Evans was able to regroup. Silva continued to tee off on Evans. Evans was able to break free and get back to the center of the cage. It looked over for a minute. Silva put his hands down, and I can’t tell if he’s catching his breath or mocking Evans. Evans attempted another takedown and pressed Silva against the cage and tried to complete the takedown as the round came to an end. Silva looked to have the fight won at the end of the round, but wasn’t able to finish. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Silva.
Rashad Evans defeated Thiago Silva via unanimous decision (scores of 29-28,29-28,29-28).
After the bout, Evans noted that he went back to his wrestling. Evans admitted to being rocked in the third round. He went on to say that he wanted Rampage next.