Give Rashad credit? Please man, he lost credit in my eyes. He's fighting a complete newb in that ring. Salmon was out of shape, had (And I kid you not) the worst kicks I have ever witnessed in an MMA event, and couldn't do jack crap on the ground. He was gassed midway through the first round... And he hadn't done anything!
Of course Rashad looked calm. Have you ever stepped into the ring, exchanged a few swings and suddenly realized you outclass your opponent by leaps and bounds? It takes all the pressure off you. Your shoulders relax, you loosen up a bit, and you have the confidence to really let it go. Dana fed Rashad an absolute can so that Rashad can have a nice highlight reel to hype up his title shot. Nothing against Salmon, but my goodness that guy should never have been in the UFC, let alone making his debut against an undefeated Ultimate Fight winner!