Doug Evans was robbed by the judges at Shark Fights 13 in his title match against Ronnie Mann in Amarillo, Texas. With two wrestlers going up against each other, takedowns should have mattered. They didn’t. The judges had it by split decision 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 in favor of the Brit with one judge coming close to getting it right.
“Wow,” said Doug’s teammate Dustin Hendricks in astonishment. “Doug got screwed on his fight.”
“I had him 4 to 1,” cornerman Sean Hedrick said. “Maybe a 3 to 2, but no way losing 3 rounds.”
The match was a back and forth war of leg kicks vs. takedowns with Mann appearing the more active stand-up fighter with consistent leg kicks throughout while Doug on the other hand dominated with takedowns and was able to control the majority of his top position with solid ground and pound.
You could argue for Mann taking the 1st round as Doug began patiently knowing full well the fight would go five rounds. The Brit was the more energetic looking of the two and scored a late takedown possibly earning him the round.
The 2nd saw Mann with a potent stand up attack with Doug landing a few shots of his own. He once again scored a takedown with most of Mann’s attack missing the mark but he was impressively energetic. MMAjunkie saw the round 10-9 for Mann while I think the takedown and top control stole the round for Doug.
In the 3rd, Doug was able to get one his most powerful takedowns of the night with commentator Bas Rutten saying, “Beautiful takedown again.” After a failed armbar attempt by Mann, Doug maintained his position with heavy punches landing from top securing him this one as well.
The 4th round looked like it might go to Mann early as he seemed the more active fighter but once again Doug brought the fight down and did enough to steal the round with the elbow shots from top. “MMAjunkie.com sees the round for Evans and has it even entering the final round - a shocking turn of events from the pace of the first two frames.”
5th round contained the theme of the night with leg kicks landing from Mann and Doug showing his ability to evade Mann’s punches and get a takedown. He maintained top control to end out the round and retain his belt, 4-1 by my estimation, the first round going to Mann due to Doug’s patient start. The judges disagreed. Evans returns to Alaska without his featheweight belt but remains, for us, a champion.