Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
LAS VEGAS -- No camp had more to gain at UFC 156 than the Blackzilians. And as it turned out, none had more to lose. Alistair Overeem lost out on a UFC heavyweight championship fight when he was knocked out by Antonio Silva, and in the very next fight, the potential of Rashad Evans moving to middleweight to fight kingpin Anderson Silva went up in flames after he was upset by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
All three judges scored the bout 29-28 for Nogueira.
The Brazilian came into the night as the biggest underdog on the card, as Evans was nearly a 6-to-1 favorite in the closing line of the sportsbook at the host Mandalay Bay.
But it was Nogueira's superior hands that got the job done, along with a vastly improved wrestling game. Evans was only able to complete one of five takedowns, but only held down Nogueira for a few seconds before he popped back up and made the fight a striking contest again.
In that world, Nogueira used a crisp jab and an accurate, straight left to score points, while Evans struggled to find his target.
Evans fell to 17-3-1 with the first two-fight losing streak of his career. Nogueira is now 21-5.
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