Video highlights of Chael Sonnen’s UFC 145 Fight Club Q&A via MMA Fighting.
This past weekend’s UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans event did not feature too many bone-crushing knockouts or bone-breaking submissions.
Thus, the list of medical suspensions for the fighters who competed from Atlanta is relatively short.
Miguel Torres, Che Mills and Brendan Schaub – who all suffered knockout defeats – were handed down the longest suspensions, according to a report by John Morgan of MMA Junkie.
Torres is suspended 60 days and must provide a CT scan following his loss, while Mills and Schaub were each dealt 45 days.
Mac Danzig was issued an indefinite suspension pending the results of an X-ray on his ankle, while Eddie Yagin, Mark Hominick and Chad Griggs received 30 days.
Matt Brown, Stephen Thompson and Keith Wisniewski were all ordered 14 days off, while the remaining fighters got the customary seven-day suspensions for precautionary reasons.
A champion seems to always have respect for a fellow champion.
UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos expressed such remarks for UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones following Jones’ most recent victory over Rashad Evans at UFC 145.
“Well guys about the UFC 145 main event I just think Jon Jones has once again proven his supremacy in this division,” wrote dos Santos on his Twitter account.
Rumors of a future dos Santos-Jones fight have started to take shape as “Bones” continues to talk about a career in the heavyweight ranks.
For now, we’ll just have to enjoy dos Santos vs. Frank Mir, as Mir replaces Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 146 next month.
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A collection of video highlights from the UFC 145 post fight press conference.
Thanks to HeavyMMA for the video clip.
Decisions, decision, decisions. Following an incredibly slow start to the night, UFC 145 finally got under way, and for die-hard fight fans, it did not disappoint. Most of the decisions on the card were hardly boring, and the fights that ended in stoppages, were so damn violent, I needed a cold shower afterwards. I hope things are considerably clearer in the light heavyweight, welterweight, and bantamweight divisions, but realistically, this is MMA, and everything changes so often, in 2 weeks, UFC 145 will be UFC whatfortyfive? Here’s what I thought when I woke up this morning in my dog bed, smelling of beer and dog food.
-Jon Jones is basically the greatest light heavyweight of all-time. As much as I want him to lose in every bout, he still manages to blow my mind with his skill and progression. While I do find him cocky, he has kind of earned the right to be so. His absolutely flawless destruction of Rashad Evans showed that there may be absolutely no one who can beat him in the 205 pound division. However, if this was a video game, Jon would be approaching the final boss. Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson is on deck, and Hendo is our last hope.
-Rashad Evans went the distance with Jon Jones, an amazing feat, considering the elbow shots that he was blasted into orbit by. Rashad could consider a drop to middleweight, but at the post-fight presser, he suggested he would not do that. Still arguably the #2 205er in the world, Rashad needs top competition. I say, good riddance to Rampage, let’s get Rashad vs. Shogun.
-The wolf was let loose on the piece of meat known as Che Mills. Rory “Ares” MacDonald tore through his opponent with the kind of ease that makes you think the Canadian will be champion sooner, rather than later. With such an impressive performance in the books, it’s time Rory faced one of the top in the division. Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck is perfectly timed, and fairly relevant. I say Rory gets the winner.
-Ben Rothwell may not have the best gas tank, or skill set, but he flattened Brendan Schaub so quickly, that he had many people talking. While it be due to Schaub’s terrible chin, or the IFL veteran just getting better, he sure staked his claim for a spot in the middle of the pack. I’m kind of bored with the middle of the heavyweight division at this point though, so I don’t care who he fights next. Roy Nelson, Travis Browne, some Strikeforce heavyweight, just make it happen, but not at a high elevation.
-I doubted his chances, but Michael McDonald silenced all critics last night. Needless to say, he did something to Miguel Torres that has rarely been done before, and he did it non-consensually, if you catch my drift. While Renan Barao seems more and more likely as the next title challenger following Faber/Cruz XXXIV, if he gets by Menjivar, and he will, I’m having a hard time fitting McDonald into the division. Maybe he could face the Faber/Cruz loser, to see if he’s ready for a title shot.. or the winner of Jorgensen/Wineland, whatever.
-Following his surprising win over Mark LOLminick, Eddie Yagin clearly has some holes to work on in his game. He got beat up en route to the decision win. I’d like to see him face the winner of Brandao/Elkins, really.
-I never doubted Mark Bocek for a second. If you look at his losses, and how he did in those bouts, it’s hard to deny that he’s in the upper echelon of the lightweight division. While he has a long way to go, he is already very much overlooked. I don’t know who he should face next.. maybe Anthony Njokuani? The division is too stacked for me to make sense of anyway.
I was also impressed by:
-John Alessio, who looked crisp and pretty damn good all things considered.
-Travis Browne, who looked better than ever, even if he was facing considerably lesser opposition.
-Matt Brown, who derailed a hype train before it even started.
-and Marcus Brimage, who did everything he could to get Maximo Blanco to engage.. wait, what?
Who do you want to see fight? Who were your heroes and villains following the event?
Tell me what you think in the comments below.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans talked with the post-fight UFC on FUEL TV crew following his loss to Jon Jones Saturday night at UFC 145.
Evans was handed just his second loss in his career, as “Bones” used his elbows and height to keep “Suga” at bay.
It sucked, I didn’t get the job done, but it’s a lesson and you lean. It’s the fight business and this is what happens sometimes. I just have to do what I do, to come back stronger and keep my head up. I was able to catch him a couple times. I don’t think I was persistent enough on my attack. I allowed his range and stuff like that to throw me off. I hurt my foot in the second round, so that messed up my mobility a little bit. But even then, I knew the combinations I should have thrown to catch him and I didn’t do that, so it’s something I need to go back and work on.
Evans, 32 years old, had his four-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Jones, his former teammate. He holds a career record of 17-2-1.
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The future for Jon Jones is likely at heavyweight. But, for now, the UFC light heavyweight champion still has work to do in the division.
UFC president Dana White talked about the future of “Bones” following his win over Rashad Evans Saturday night in the main event of UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans.
Jon Jones is a physical specimen. The guy is huge at 205 pounds. He’s out there doing things, and not only is he a big guy, he’s super athletic. He was throwing elbows like they were hands (Saturday). But he needs to stay at 205, he can make 205. This is where he needs to stay. Once he cleans out a division and (expletive) starts getting a little old and stale, then maybe he makes that move to heavyweight.
Jones has a future title match set with Dan Henderson, White announced Saturday night. Henderson secured a shot at the belt via his win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last year.
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Rashad Evans reflects on his UFC 145 loss to light heavyweight kingpin and longtime rival Jon Jones.
Jon Jones talks about his title defence at tonight’s UFC 145 where he defeated longtime rival Rashad Evans via unanimous decision.
UFC 145 video highlights via FoxSports.com.