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UFC On Fox 2 Fight Card Breakdown: Rashad Evans Vs. Phil Davis

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A complete breakdown of the UFC on Fox 2 headliner between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis.

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Light heavyweight contenders Rashad Evans and Phil Davis headline UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago's United Center. Evans will definitely get a title shot against champion Jon Jones with a win. Davis may have to win an additional fight to get a title shot, with the next shot going instead to Dan Henderson.

Evans (16-1-1, 11-1-1 UFC) is a former collegiate wrestler who's notched a number of TKO and KO wins in MMA. He's one of the best in the game at using strikes to set up take downs and the threat of the take down to set up big bombs on the feet. He's been trying to get a title shot since losing the belt to Lyoto Machida at UFC 98.

Davis (9-0, 5-0 UFC) is a former NCAA division collegiate national champion wrestler who's taken to Jiu-Jitsu like a sociopath to lying. He'll have a serious size and strength advantage over Evans but his striking game features a number of holes that Evans is likely to exploit. Give Davis two more years in MMA and he'll likely be able to take Evans, but not now.

Aspect Evans Points Davis Advantage
Range Fighting

Boxing Dangerous 2 Limited Evans
Kickboxing Good 2 Limited Evans
Wrestling Very Good 1 Excellent Davis
Clinch Fighting
Dirty Boxing Tough 1 Ok Evans
Thai Clinch Good 1 Lanky Davis
Throws/Trips Very Good 1 Excellent Davis
Ground Fighting

Positional Control Very Good 1 Excellent Davis
Scrambling Excellent 0 Excellent Tie
Ground and Pound Mirkful 1 Ok Evans
Submissions Ok 1 Very Good Davis
Intangibles Title Jinxed 0 Big Step Up Tie
Overall Title Shot 6/5 Outmatched Sonnen