Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Referee Yves Lavigne is in charge of the action. Evans paws out his jab. Leg kick slaps on Nogueira's lead leg. Evans stalking forward, but neither fighter willing to engage thus far. The crowd voices its disapproval. Head kick from Evans is blocked. Evans tosses out a front kick. Nogueira finds a home for his straight left. And another. Evans staggers Nogueira with a looping right hand but doesn't follow. Not a lot of action in this round. On cue, Evans drops levels and muscles Nogueira to the mat. Nogueira quickly scrambles out. Evans lands a stiff straight right.
Evans again pawing out his jab. Nogueira clips him with a straight left. Evans slips a combination and presses forward. Evans lunges in with a pair of right hooks. Evans briefly looks to change levels, then thinks better of it. Evans and Nogueira continually catching each other's jabs in a strange dance of cautiousness. Nogueira stuffs a takedown then blasts Evans with a combination. Evans tries to answer back but misses. Nogueira blocks a high kick. Uneventful round.
Evans whizzes a right hand past Nogueira. Evans eats a jab. Nogueira circles away. The crowd is growing extremely restless at the lack of action. Nogueira finds a home for a stiff jab. Both fighters trade flurries. Evans accidentally pokes Nogueira in the right eye. The cageside doctor deems Nogueira fit to continue, and we're back. Evans blocks a high kick. Evans charges in and misses a right hand. This fight is completely up for grabs as the boos continue to rain down. Nogueira eats a jab. Evans changes levels for a single but can't get it. Nogueira nearly connects with a knee to the body. Pair of looping rights miss for Evans. Nogueira clinches up and unloads a few knees. One last exchange closes out the fight. Scores could be all over the board for this one.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Another surprise, this one.
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