Chicago to Host January 28th Event
The United Center in Chicago will serve as the home to the second installment of the UFC on FOX series, with a light heavyweight scrap between former titleholder Rashad Evans (16-1-1) and Phil Davis (9-0) occurring in the main event. Two additional fights will take place on the televised portion of this January 28th card, featuring a middleweight pairing of Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) and Mark Munoz (12-2) as well as a second middleweight affair between Michael Bisping (22-3) and Demian Maia (15-3).
“This is the show that officially starts our deal with FOX, and we’re bringing what the fans want – a night packed with great fights,” UFC President Dana White stated. “We’re kicking this thing off with an incredible tripleheader. Rashad Evans looked fantastic in his last fight against Tito Ortiz, and he wants to get the belt back. But Phil Davis is no joke. He’s undefeated at 9-0 and has stormed through guys like Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson and Rogerio Nogueira. He wants the title shot just as bad as Rashad.”
White also voiced his thoughts on the other two fights on the televised part of the show.
“Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz are going to collide to see who gets the next crack at Anderson Silva,” he continued. “Both of these guys are phenomenal wrestlers coming off big wins. Chael wants the chance to avenge his loss to Anderson. Mark wants a chance to prove that he’s the best 185-pounder in the world. Plus, we’ve got Michael Bisping against Demian Maia, and the winner will be next in line for a title shot after the winner of Sonnen-Munoz.”
Evans and Davis were originally slated to clash at UFC 133 this past August in Philadelphia, but a knee injury to Davis set up a replacement match for Evans against Tito Ortiz. In what was the Fight of the Night, Evans scored a TKO win at 4:48 of the second round. The New York native originally earned his way into the UFC in 2005 when he won the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, and he has suffered just one loss in 22 professional fights. He has spent nearly his entire career in the UFC, registering a 11-1-1 record under the banner and winning the light heavyweight crown when he stopped Forrest Griffin in 2008. However, his reign as champion would be short-lived, as he was finished in the second round by Lyoto Machida in his first title defense the following May.
“Some people may say I’m already the number one contender, but I’m a fighter not a critic, and I will go through anybody who stands in my way until I got a shot at the UFC title,” Evans remarked. “Having the opportunity to prove that I’m the top contender in the division on FOX, the biggest stage there is, is just icing on the cake. I will leave no doubt that I’m the top guy in the light heavyweight division after my fight on FOX.”
Davis won a Division 1 National Championship when he wrestled collegiately at Penn State University, and the Harrisburg native turned to professional mixed martial arts in 2008. He has been perfect thus far in his career, registering five stoppages and four decisions on his resume. He is 5-0 since inking a deal with the UFC, recording wins over notable fighters such as Brian Stann and Antônio Rogério Nogueira. After that early success, he now eyes his biggest challenge to date when he faces a former champion in Evans.
“I am excited to be a part of the UFC on FOX in Chicago,” Davis said. “I was pretty upset when the fight with Rashad didn't happen in August. I am ready for him now. He is one of the best guys in the world. I can't wait, and I'm confident that I'm going to win.”
This FOX broadcast will be shown over a two-hour time slot, and the program is an hour longer and two fights greater than the debut event on FOX, a November airing which saw 8.8 million viewers tune in and see Junior Dos Santos dethrone then UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez.