Evans smashes Sonnen

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Round 1

This is a must-win for Evans. It doesn't matter as much for Sonnen, who's already facing Wanderlei Silva next year after "TUF: Brazil." Evans is really not that big of a favorite (-190). Somewhat surprising.

Herb Dean is your referee for this light heavyweight fight.

Sonnen comes right out as always and shoots in. Pushes Rashad against the cage. Evans reverses and has Chael and they spin again with Chael in control.

Evans goes for a single leg, Chael shrugs it off. Evans pushes Chael against the fence. A little dirty boxing from both. Evans lands a pair of right hands. Rashad takes down Chael.

Evans in half guard. Some ground and pound. Chael is defending well. Sonnen tries to get up, but can't. Evans lands a hard right. Takes Chael's back.

Hard ground and pound and now full mount. Chael is in trouble. Rashad has his back and flattens him out, raining down punches. It's over TKO.

Rashad Evans made it look easy. Rashad was fantastic. Sonnen had nothing for him. Bad matchup for him.

Official Result: Rashad Evans defeats Chael Sonnen by TKO in Round 1 (4:05)

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