Outside of about 45 seconds of action, UFC 108‘s main event between former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva wasn’t much to write home about (Thankfully, the rest of the card made up for it!). Although his strategy wasn’t the most thrilling to watch, Evans executed his game plan perfectly… almost.
“[Wrestling] was a strategy I got away from for a long time because I’ve been having success doing other things, but I got back to it,” Evans said of his blueprint. “It was difficult, but I stuck with the game plan.”
The first 2Rounds mirrored each other as Evans engaged just enough to secure takedowns. Although he was scoring with his wrestling skills, he wasn’t able to inflict much damage once it got to the mat. Not only was he not landing, he wasn’t really throwing, which made the fans inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas start barking about Evans’ lack of offense.
Not to say that the 13,255 in attendance finally influenced him, but Evans was sucked into exchanging with Silva for a brief moment in the final stanza and it almost cost him a bout that he had in complete control.
Ironically, it was Silva that was making taunting gestures towards the normally-confident/borderline cocky Evans as the Brazilian wanted to end their 205-pound scrap with a bang. He knew a knockout was his only chance at a W, so it wasn’t the worst idea in the world, especially after Silva caught him with a vicious right.
“I didn’t realize how hard it was until I tried to take a step back, and then I was like, ‘Where’s my legs at?’” Evans said. “It was a good shot. I got lazy a little bit in the third, and it cost me.”
Thankfully for Rashad, he was able to hold on for the last minute-and-a-half and add Silva’s name to his already impressive resume.
So, what’s next?
“I hear that there’s an actor that came back to the fighting game, the UFC, and Rampage, I know you’re watching,” Evans said of bitter rival Quinton Jackson. “Come back, and let’s get it on.”
If UFC president Dana White gets his way, they could be doing their thang in May.