“UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans” took place Saturday inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Light heavyweight king Jon Jones easily defeated Rashad Evans in the show’s featured attraction. Jones cruised to a unanimous decision victory over his friend-turned-foe.
Skyrocketing welterweight Rory MacDonald laid the smack down on Che Mills in the night’s co-main event. The 22-year-old disposed of his opponent in the 2ndRound courtesy of some vicious ground-and-pound.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Marcus Brimage Defeated Maximo Blanco via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Chris Clements Defeated Keith Wisniewski via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Mac Danzig Defeated Efrain Escudero via Unanimous Decision (30-27-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Anthony Njokuani Defeated John Makdessi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Brown Defeated Stephen Thompson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-27)
Travis Browne Defeated Chad Griggs via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:29 in the 1stRound
Mark Bocek Defeated John Alessio via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Eddie Yagin Defeated Mark Hominick via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Michael McDonald Defeated Miguel Torres via KO (Pictured) at 3:18 in the 1stRound
Ben Rothwell Defeated Brendan Schaub via TKO (Punches) at 1:10 in the 1stRound
Rory MacDonald Defeated Che Mills via TKO (Punches) at 2:20 in the 2ndRound
Jon Jones Defeated Rashad Evans via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) (Jones retains UFC light heavyweight title)
Fight of the Night:
Mark Hominick and Eddie Yagin ($65,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Travis Browne ($65,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Ben Rothwell ($65,000)
UFC president Dana White stated Dan Henderson gets next dibs at Jon Jones’ title.
White likes that people think Henderson can beat Jones.
White claims it’s tough to put anyone ahead of Anderson Silva on the pound-for-pound list.
Per White, Rory MacDonald proved he’s real deal.
Rashad Evans says he’s going to remain a light heavyweight. He’s only lost twice and to good competitors, but if an opportunity happens at middleweight, he’d take it. He’s confident he can work way back up at 205.
Jones admits to feeling a bit intimidated at some points. He didn’t fight as cleanly as he would have liked. He respects Rashad and thanks him for taking the fight.
Jones was wobbled by Evnas, but he wasn’t hurt when he was rocked.
White was impressed with Ben Rothwell. He suggested Rothwell could face Cain Velasquez at UFC 146.
Jones excited to fight Henderson. He claims Hendo has extreme KO power and a large fanbase, so he’s sure the haters will come out in droves.
Jones wants to rekindle respect and communication with Evans. He believes Evans has to respect him to some degree.
He says it’s easy to hang out with Evans and hopes to settle things privately in the future.
Evans believes he and Jones will probably meet again somewhere down the line.
White said UFC was at the deadline for promoting UFC 146 PPV and they aren’t optimistic about Alistair Overeem’s Tuesday hearing. That’s why they promoted Frank Mir to the title fight against Junior dos Santos.
White says he and Chael Sonnen are on their way to Brazil tonight.