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UFC Fight Night 114 live blog: Rashad Evans vs. Sam Alvey

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Sam Alvey will try to extend Rashad Evans’ losing skid to four at UFC Fight Night 114.
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This is the UFC Fight Night 114 live blog for Rashad Evans vs. Sam Alvey, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico.

Evans, who has lost three straight, will square off against Alvey, who has won four of his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 114 live blog below.

Round 1: “Big” John McCarthy in the cage to oversee this one. Tentative start, with neither man throwing a strike in the first 30 seconds. Evans makes the first significant move about a minute in, shooting in to press Alvey against the cage. Alvey controlling Evans’s head and keeping underhooks to avoid a takedown. Evans changing levels, he’s still not having much luck. The only offense is coming from short punches to the body by Evans. Alvey risks a knee and that allows Evans to get him down by the cage with about two minutes to work. The shorter Evans can’t keep Alvey from standing back up and reversing position against the cage. Alvey unable to land in close and they separate with 60 seconds remaining in the round. The action ends with a brief flurry against the cage, but little damage done.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Evans.

Round 2: Alvey coming forward more in the second frame, but it still seems like he’s looking for that one big shot. Evans having some success with the occasional leg kick. A lot of lateral movement from Evans and you get the sense that he could be swaying the judges just by looking more active. However, it’s Alvey who’s landing punches. With two minutes remaining, Evans snags Alvey’s leg and gets a tricky takedown, only for Alvey to stand back up against the fence. They break and Alvey hits a knee that fails to convince Evans to back off. McCarthy calling for work, but Evans is content to keep grinding against the fence. They do separate and Alvey spends the rest of the round still trying to walk Evans down.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Alvey. Overall 19-19.

Round 3: Alvey definitely starting to find his range on these punches. Not much volume, but he’s connecting. Evans has to go back to his grappling to bring the action back to the fence. Unfortunately, “Suga” isn’t doing any damage whatsoever. Alvey still pacing himself. He cracks Evans with a nice counter punch off of a takedown halfway through the round. Evans circling away, unable to find an opening on the taller Alvey. He does manage to clip Alvey with an overhand right, but the strike doesn’t look to have the power that it once did. Back to the cage they go, with Evans tying Alvey up and this one could lead to a screw scorecard.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Alvey. Overall 29-28, Alvey.

Official result: Sam Alvey def. Rashad Evans via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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