UFC 145 takes place later tonight at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The event airs live on Pay-Per-View. The prelims will precede the PPV broadcast at 7pm ET on the UFC’s Facebook Page and 8pm ET on FX or Rogers Sportsnet.
In the main event, light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones finally takes on former friend and longtime rival “Suga” Rashad Evans.
In the co-feature, Rory MacDonald returns to the octagon after an extended layoff to take on Che Mills.
Heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Ben Rothwell meet, as both attempt to get back on track.
In a potential bantamweight title eliminator, Miguel Angel Torres takes on exciting prospect Michael McDonald.
Featherweight Mark Hominick attempts to rebound from his tough loss at UFC 140 as he takes on always tenacious Eddie Yagin
And rounding out the main card, lightweight John Alessio returns to the octagon, where he faces a tough welcoming committee in Mark Bocek.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Jon Jones def. Rashad Evans via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
- Rory MacDonald def. Che Mills via TKO (Punches) at 2:20 of Round 2
- Ben Rothwell def. Brendan Schaub via TKO (Punches) at 1:10 of Round 1
- Michael McDonald def. Miguel Torres via Knockout (Uppercut and Punches) at 3:18 of Round 1
- Eddie Yagin def. Mark Hominick via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Mark Bocek def. John Alessio via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Travis Browne def. Chad Griggs via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:29 of Round 1
- Matt Brown def. Stephen Thompson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Njokuani def. John Makdessi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mac Danzig def. Efrain Escudero via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Chris Clements def. Keith Wisniewski via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Marcus Brimage vs. Maximo Blanco via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans: The fight we all waited for did not disappoint. In the first round, Rashad and Jones went toe to toe, with Jones obviously winning the battle on the feet. However, the most significant strike came when Rashad partially landed a head kick and followed up with punches. In the second, Jon Jones took control, nearly knocking his foe out twice with standing elbows, which he was throwing much like punches. He came close to putting the nail in the coffin, but the round ended. In the third, things were considerably closer, with each man landing significant strikes, but Jon continued to pull away as the bout went into the championship rounds. The fourth round featured a considerably more tentative Rashad, who, seemed to be down 4-0 after a very slow paced, defensive round. In the fifth round, it was much of the same. Tentative, boring, blah. After the bell, it was all but a given, as the judges turned in scores of 49-46, 49-46, and 50-45 for Jon Jones.
Post fight, Jon Jones says it’s his most satisfying victory, and explained his tentativeness. Jones is happy to have beaten the man he beat, and feels he’s a much better striker and wrestler than he ever was before. Jones was surprised by how hard Rashad was to finish, and gave him proper dap for his own improvements.
Rashad described Jones as “crafty” and had respect for the champ. Rashad explained that he felt as if training and fighting with Jones were fairly similar, and explained that his gameplan was wrong, and the “tricky” elbows threw him off. Rashad explains how the mental game drained him, but he perhaps relaxed too much when it came down to fight time.
Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills: Che Mills might have the crisper striking, but all his striking did was make RoryMac mad. After a shot hurt Rory, he took Mills down and pounded the crap out of him for 4 minutes straight. By the end of the first, Mills looked as if he had been through a meat grinder. In the second round, Rory just grabbed Mills by the leg, tossed him to the ground, and continued his assault. As you can imagine, this one-sided beatdown didn’t last long, as the referee stepped in to save Mills at 2:20 of the second frame.
Ben Rothwell vs. Brendan Schaub: I predicted bad gas tanks would be on full display, but it didn’t even matter. A slightly leaner Ben Rothwell had no problems going toe to toe with Brendan Schaub, and after Schaub did some damage, he rushed in foolishly, got clipped with a left on the temple, and found himself out cold and confused on the ground. The stoppage comes at 1:10 of round one.
Miguel Torres vs. Michael McDonald: In a hotly contested first round, Michael “Mayday” McDonald took on the biggest test of his career in Miguel Torres. After several close exchanges, where neither man was having much luck, “Mayday” landed an unbelievable uppercut and followed up with brutal ground and pound. Torres went out cold at 3:18 of the first round.
Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin: In what may have been a must-win fight for “The Machine”, things got a little scary. After a solid first few exchanges between the two, where Hominick was very clearly beating Yagin to the punch, Hominick was dropped by an uppercut and left hook, and Yagin pounced on him, nearly finishing him. Hominick survived though, and in the second, Hominick looked more crisp, and showed no sign of slowing down. However, he may have pissed the round away when he once again left himself open, got rocked, knocked down, and again nearly finished. Between rounds, Yagin looked incredibly beat up. In the third, Hominick managed to tuck his chin, and continue his dominance without leaving himself open. Yagin was busted up for 5 minutes straight, and was hurt over and over. After the final bell, judges rendered scores of 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28, giving the split decision to Eddie Yagin.
Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio: John Alessio’s return to the octagon was an incredibly difficult one. Throughout the first two frames, Alessio used his superior striking when he could, but more often than not, he found himself underneath Bocek. He had more luck in the third, as he worked very hard to keep the fight on the feet, but much like before, Bocek took him down and had his way with him. To Alessio’s credit, his submission defence had clearly improved, but it was all for naught in the end, as Bocek scored a unanimous decision win with scores of 30-27, 29-28, and 30-27.
Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs: Chad Griggs’ UFC debut was a chance to see if he was as much hype as some said, and in this fight he was. After a short exchange on the feet, Browne took him down with ease, quickly made his way to the mount, and slipped in an arm triangle choke. Griggs tried to punch his way out, but had no luck. Griggs tapped about one second before he went out cold. The stoppage came at 2:29 of the first round.
Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson: Stephen Thompson needs to call Eddie Bravo. After a fast Karate-based attack to start, Thompson found himself on the wrong end of the grappling chops of the crafty veteran. Brown took Thompson down often, and laid a pretty solid beating on him. In the second round, Thompson started to mount a comeback, hurting Brown on several occasions, but it was clear that he was gassed, as Brown busted him open with elbows, and had a very dominate 90 seconds to end the round. The third was all Matt Brown, as he beat the tired Thompson up for five straight minutes, and made him look silly and unexperienced. Matt Brown scores the unanimous decision win with scores of 30-27, 29-27, and 30-27.
John Makdessi vs. Anthony Njokuani: It may not have been exciting to the casual fan, but this bout was a beautiful display of technical striking. Njokuani did his best to avoid the unorthodox spinning attacks of Makdessi, and managed to rock the Canadian mid-way through the first round. In the second, Makdessi started to find his groove, but he often found himself on the end of Njokuani’s jabs and kicks. In the third, Makdessi showed desperation and became the aggressor, but it was all for naught, as the WEC veteran continues to keep his opponent at bay, and ultimately scored the night’s fourth decision with scores of 30-27 across the board.
Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero: In the first bout on FX, the two TUF winners fought like two men who were fighting for their jobs. Efrain almost had a fight ending heel hook very early on, but afterwards, Danzig was largely the aggressor, and whatever he has been doing in the gym, really started to pay off. Using his powerful clinch to dictate the pace of the fight, as each round wore on, Danzig pulled away more and more on the scorecards. In the third round, with his ankle visibly injured and swollen, Danzig continued to bully Escudero. Although it was a slow fight, and the crowd wasn’t very pleased, it was a good scrap. Mac Danzig took home the easy unanimous decision win with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
Chris Clements vs. Keith Wisniewski: There’s a reason Chris Clements has a 100% knockout ratio. Clements was able to hurt his for on several occasions throughout the fight, though early on, it went the way of Wisniewski. In the first, Keith busted Clements open with an elbow on the ground, and he continued to take him down as often as he could. The body shots of Clements that made the most significant difference in the first and second rounds, and an interesting exchange, which that found Wisniewski taking heavy elbows to the skull while he had Clements’ back, was quite entertaining. The third round was all Clements, as he continuously outstruck and hurt Wisniewski. In the end, the judges gave the split decision win to Chris Clements with scores of 29-28, 28-29, and 30-27.
Maximo Blanco vs. Marcus Brimage: It didn’t take long for the boo birds to come out. In what could best be described as a tentative affair, Maxi Blanco and Marcus Brimage spent 15 minutes trying to feel each other out, with neither man really trying to engage. While fans waited for a fight to break out in the cage, Blanco and Brimage just played it safe. The most exciting moments came post fight when the two men started having a flip competition in the cage. In the end, Marcus Brimage took home the split decision win with scores of 28-29, 30-27, and 29-28.