Swick, Rashad and Pulver all came into their fights Saturday night with alot on the line. Swick was battling for a shot at the middleweight title with Loiseau, Rashad was putting his 13-0 record on the line against Jason Lambert while he worked to climb the 205 lb ladder and Jens Pulver was making his UFC return for the first time in 4 years with the reputation of being the only UFC lightweight champion.
Mike “Quick” Swick entered the octagon as the co-main event going up against David Loiseau who was excepted to be Swick’s toughest test to date. Swick knew with a win in this fight he’d solidify himself as the top contender in the UFC middleweight division and he’d likely get the winner of Silva-Franklin.
The fight started fairly slow as both fighters were tentative and showing alot of respect for one another. Swick would attempt to come in with quick hard combinations but Loiseau constantly did a good job of blocking them. Unfortunately for Loiseau he still looked a little gunshy which may have been a result of the beating he took from Franklin. Swick was the only fighter mounting any offense as Loiseau just sat back and waited for an opening. Loiseau only threw about two punches but they were very hard and they backed up the AKA fighter. Swick was able to earn a takedown and shortly after that Loiseau gave up his back which allow him to return to his feet as the round ended.
Swick came out and did alot of the same in the second round throwing the odd combination and working from his opponents guard. He was able to soften Loiseau up late and open a cut over Loiseau’s left eye. Neither fighter was in any real danger as the round ended on the canvas.
A different David Loiseau walked out for the third round as he knew he was down on the scorecards and he needed to mount some sort of offense. Loiseau started stalking Swick around the cage but Swick wanted nothing to do with it so he took the fight down. Loiseau was able to quickly return to his feet where he started working some excellent punches. Quickly after that “The Crow” started to throw his signature elbows which where really effecting Swick. Loiseau ended up taking the fight to the canvas where he started raining down elbows. Swick knew he couldn’t remain in that position so he desparately tried to return to his feet. Shortly after Swick returned to his feet the bell rang and Swick earned himself a unanimous decision.
With the win Mike Swick has now solidified himself as one of the top contenders in the middleweight division.
Rashad Evans was able to keep his undefeated record intact last night as he TKO’d Jason Lambert partway through the second solidifying himself as a legitimate contender in the 205 pound division.
The first round saw two fresh fighters come out looking to exchange. Rashad looked very light on his feet while his opponent charged forward like a mad bull. Rashad mounted the first offense rushing into the clinch and attempting a takedown which Lambert defended well. Evans was eventually able to pick Lambert up and slam him to the canvas gaining side control. Lambert tried catching Evans with a kimura but he was able to escape as the fight return to the feet. Both guys worked in the clinch again where Evans was able to secure another takedown before the round ended.
Evans easily earned himself the edge in the first round with some excellent slams. Besides the one kimura attempt Lambert did very little as most of his wild shots and takedowns failed.
The second round started the second round with another big takedown where he was eventually able to mount his opponent. From there Evans unleashed a flurry of bombs from the top that knocked his opponent out. “Big” John McCarthy rushed in and stopped the fight giving Rashad Evans the win by KO at 2:22 of the second.
Many people questioned Rashad’s ability to finish coming into this fight but Rashad showed he is the real deal and a true contender in the 205 pound division as he made easy work of Jason Lambert who is a stud at 205.
The biggest shock for me tonight was Jens “Little Evil” Pulver versus Joe Lauzon. Jens Pulver was my lock to win but that all changed when UFC newcomer Joe Lauzon TKO’d his very experienced opponent very early in the first. Lauzon was a 7 to 1 underdog coming into this fight but he came out early and sent a message. Lauzon started his assault by scoring a quick single leg takedown. When the fight returned to the feet moments later Lauzon once again came in and took his opponent to the canvas. Pulver was able to make it back to his feet again but as he was working for the shoot Lauzon came in with a flying knee that missed but he followed that up with a hard left hook that landed right on the button sending a dazed Pulver to the canvas. In a total shocker Joe Lauzon was declared the winner at 48 seconds of the first round.