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UFC 156: Rashad Evans did less than Rogerio Nogueira

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, right, trades punches with Rashad

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, right, trades punches with Rashad Evans during their UFC 156 light heavyweight fight at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (Feb. 2, 2013) Credit: AP

Rashad Evans lacked any worry, he said, heading into his UFC 156 fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Not his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, of which he is a black belt. Not his boxing, of which he was a Pan-American Games bronze medalist.

Well, when their fight went to the judges, there had to be some worry in the mind of the former light heavyweight champion. Not so much because of the general "Don't let it go to the judges" concept so much as because he didn't do much in the fight.

And the judges scored it that way, giving Nogueira the unanimous decision over Evans. All three scored it 29-28.

It can be interpreted as disrespectful to call a 15-minute fight between two men as "uneventful," but that's what this was. Evans (22-3-1) displayed little beyond a pitty-pat jab in losing his first non-title fight. (He previously lost his title to Lyoto Machida and lost a title shot against Jon Jones.)

Nogueria (21-5) did little as well to win, but "little" meant "enough" on this night.

There had been some speculation/rumor/talk of Evans being the next to challenge Anderson Silva for his middleweight championship. That ended Saturday night.

New York Sports