With the extensive depths to which Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and "Suga" Rashad Evans traveled in their trash talking before UFC 114, it's impossible to say the loser got what he deserved.
It was a two-way street with enough trash to make an entire sanitation department want to call in sick. But here's what we can definitively say: Evans controlled light heavyweight bout and easily emerged the victor at UFC 114 inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Evans won a unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28, 30-27.
"At first he was sharp, then he kind of slowed down in the fight," Evans said.
Evans will next fight Mauricio "Shogun" Rua for the light heavyweight title, presumably at the end of the year.
"I guess ring rust is a factor," said Jackson, who hadn't fought since UFC 96.
Here's a round-by-round breakdown
Evans landed a right hook to Jackson's jaw early in the first round that floored the former champ. Perhaps Jackson is the "Tin Man," as Evans called him on the now infamous conference call. Evans was able to penetrate Jackson's takedown defense later in the round and easily won the round on the judges' card.
Evans took the second round rather easily as well, dictating the pace. Jackson barely mounted an offense, and you have to wonder about his stamina after struggling to make the cut to 205 pounds for Friday's weigh-in.
A minute into the round, Evans tried to get low on the charging Jackson, but he ate a big right hook. Jackson got in a few punches on the grounded and wobbly Evans, but Evans made it back to his feet a minute or so later. Evans was clearly hurt from the big right and subsequent punches, but Jackson gave Evans plenty of space and time to recover. Bad idea.
With about 1:40 left, Evans scored another takedown of Jackson and worked a little ground and pound and wrestling as he pinned Rampage along the cage. Add another takedown for Evans with 35 seconds left.