Round 1 – Sonnen pushes forward quickly, and he shoots inside 10 seconds into the round. Evans defends against the cage and turns off, reversing the position. Sonnen returns the favor. Battle agains the cage for an advantage. Dirty boxing inside. Evans backs away briefly and throws, but they’re back together quickly. Halfway mark, and Evans gets the fight to the floor. Sonnen on his side against the cage. Evans gets in a few left hands. Sonnen tying things up on the bottom, but Evans works free for a big elbow that scores. Sonnen turning and looking to roll, but Evans advances to mount and starts teeing off. Sonnen turns, but he’s absorbing punishment, and that’s the fight. Sonnen looked to tap as the stoppage came.
Result: Rashad Evans def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:05