The former training partners were scheduled to fight at UFC 133 and UFC 140 respectively, however injuries to both fighters left the bout waiting.
Jones extended his record to 16-1, although you can make the argument that Jones is unbeaten due to the fact his only loss is a disqualification when he destroyed Matt Hamill with illegal elbows.
It’s no surprise that Jones used his staggering reach advantage to keep most of Evans’ attacks at bay. In round 1 we saw Evans land a head kick that seemed to put Jones on red alert and the occasional right hand but by round 3 there wasn’t much doubt that Jones would walk out with his belt. The light heavyweight champ looked confident with every strike, kick and elbow he threw as it slowed Evans down, but Jones said he didn’t want to make any mistakes and his striking was “looking a little elementary”.
Evans picked up some large swelling under his right eye in round 2 thanks to Jones’ elbows which the former light heavyweight champion kept protected throughout the rest of the fight.
“He was pretty crafty and pretty tricky”, Evans said, coming off his second loss.
Dana White confirmed after the event that Jones’ next opponent will be Dan Henderson. Wow.
As if Rory Macdonald hadn’t done enough to prove he’s the future of the welterweight division, he then destroys Che Mills in two rounds.
The young Canadian apprenticing under Georges St. Pierre smashed through Mills with his accurate and relentless ground n’ pound in round 1 leaving Mills with a bloody and battered face.
Round 2 awaited and you expected much of the same. Macdonald quickly took Mills down again and made Mills miserable by taking his back and hammering down punches which is when the referee had to step in. Macdonald’s record now stands at 14-1 and said “I’m very happy the way the fight went.”.
Just wait for the ‘We want GSP vs. Macdonald fight’ comments.
Ben Rothwell vs. Brendan Schaub - two men that love a stand-up war and well, that’s what we got.
In round 1 a brutal exchange took place between the two heavyweights where Rothwell connected with a left hook, dropping Schaub. The flurry of punches after were just academic as Schaub was ko’d and fighting the invisible man.
Rothwell picked up the ‘Knockout of the Night’ honours and looked in great shape. “I changed my workout. I’m not backing down. I know my chin can take some shots.”, said “Big” Ben.
Despite the fairly lacklustre main event, the main card had some vicious finishes and a great clash between Hominick and Yagin getting ‘Fight of the
- Mark Bocek def. John Alessio via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).
- Eddie Yagin def. Mark Hominick via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28
- Michael McDonald def. Miguel Torres via KO (punches) at 3:18 of round 1.
- Ben Rothwell def. Brendan Schaub via KO (punches) at 1:10 of round 1.
- Rory Macdonald def. Che Mills via TKO (punches) at 2:20 of round 2.
- Jon Jones def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45).
- Fight of the Night: Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
- Knockout of the Night: Ben Rothwell
- Submission of the Night: Travis Browne