UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans Main Card Results & Recap | Jones Defends Title Via Decision

April 21, 2012 9:37 pm by Pedro Carrasco

UFC 145 has concluded and boy did it deliver the raw pay-per-view excitement that only the UFC can bring.

In the main event it was Jon Jones who was able to defend his title and take out Rashad Evans via unanimous decision after an impressive five round battle.

From top to bottom it was a successful night in the “Peach State” continue below to check out the full results are recap.
Here is your results and recap:

John Alessio vs. Mark Bocek
The opening bout of the pay-per-view got underway and it was Bocek who quickly went in for the clinch looking to get the fight to the mat. Two minutes into the first Bocek was successful in his attempt and did well from top position controlling position and dropping big elbows to the face of Alessio. He was able to control the entire frame with dominant grappling and effective strikes from top position. In the second it was again, Bocek taking the fight to the fight to the ground and using effective grappling to control the pace. Alessio’s welcome back to the UFC match is as expected when debuting against such a solid lightweight fighter. To his credit, John has been able to survive the ground assault but has yet to really mount any offense of his own. In the third Bocek got the fight to the mat early and rode out a nice back mount secured with a figure four body lock for the first half of the final frame. Somewhere in the initial scramble mark got cut and John escaped the position to get it back to the feet. Too little too late and even though he escaped the position he didn’t have much to offer in the way of offense.

Mark Bocek def. John Alessio via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
The first round of this featherweight opened up with fireworks as expected but it was Yagin who really put hands on Hominick from the opening bell. Mark throwing technically clean strikes and Yagin throwing power bombs with the worst of intentions. Yagin eventually found his mark and dropped Hominick, followed him to the mat and unloaded lethal ground and pound. Hominick maintained and got out of trouble but was visibly battered and bruised in the exchange. In the second round it was rinse and repeat, Yagin throwing punches with bad intentions and again dropped the Canadian where he used more ground and pound to almost finish the fight. Again Hominick survived got back to his feet with two minutes left and really started putting his hands on Yagin. By the end of the round Yagin is a bloody mess and the fight has become more closely contested. In the final frame Hominick took control, head control and footwork allowed him to avoid further damage and land effective offense that further battered Yagin. This was a close fight and it really depends on how the judges scored the second.

Eddie Yagin def. Mark Hominick via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Torres
This fight started with fireworks. McDonald started off throwing real heavy punches. Torres looked overwhelmed on the feet from the opening bell and within the first few minutes Michael landed an uppercut right on the button and knocked out Torres cold.

Michael McDonald def. Miguel Torres via knockout, Round 1- 3:18

Ben Rothwell vs. Brendan Schaub
This heavyweight clash opened with both men feeling each other out. But it didn’t take long for the two to engage. After a few exchanges Schaub rushed in and Rothwell caught him with a left hook and put Schaub’s lights out.

Ben Rothwell def. Brendan Schaub via knockout, Round 1 – 1:10

Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills
In the co-main event of the evening Che Mills opened up with an onslaught of aggressive and effective striking. Rory had enough on of the striking game and took the fight to the mat where he had the clear advantage. From guard he landed brutal ground and pound that bloodied up Mills quickly, advanced to side control than the mounted crucifix and really stole the early momentum from Mills. Rory worked to mount with 45 seconds left; Mills gave up his back than transitioned back and gave up mount again. The two fighters stood up and Mills was completely destroyed by facial damage. In the second, Rory didn’t even play with around on the feet. He caught an easy single leg takedown and dominated position until he found range and finished the fight with punches from back mount position.

Rory MacDonald def. Che Mills via TKO, Round 2 – 2:20

Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

I was too excited to even recap this fight, just wanted to watch it from a fans view but I have a job to do so here you go guys…

The first round was one long feeling out process mixed with action here and there. Jones used an effective head kick throughout the round and that likely earned him the win in the frame, but with 20 seconds left in the frame Rashad Evans landed a nice headkick followed up by kicks that backed up the champ and sent a message to the Greg Jackson corner that he is here to fight.

In the second the round was pretty even until about three minutes in and Jones landed a standing elbow that staggered Evans. They clinched and Rashad recovered but it was a scary moment for Evans fans and Jones seems to have found an effective weapon with that elbow as he lands it over and over again. The striking is the difference and Jones takes this round too.

The third round started much like the first two. A feeling out period until the midpoint and Jones really uses his length well to get the better of the striking. Rashad landed a big over hand right but Jones took it well; Jones landed a big elbow that again staggered Evans on the feet. At this point it’s all Jones, but not by much. In my opinion at this point Evans needs a finish.

They entered the first championship round and Jones is backing up Rashad but not doing much, it’s still a close fight. They go back and forth with strikes but no real clear winner in the round. As the frame comes to a close Jones goes for a takedown but Rashad stuffs it. Rashad is visibly the more tired fighter and is definitely down on the cards.

Final round and the two square off. Rashad needs the finish and Jones can comfortably skate through with a decision. For the first two minutes jones again as expected uses his length to hit those shots that we have come to know. Punches and kicks but Rashad still hanging in there. Two minutes left in the fight and the two are in the center trading but Jones edging the brief exchanges. 10 seconds before the final bell Jones pulled guard and Rashad went out swinging, but surely it wasn’t enough to impact the scorecards. Amazing fight and Rashad is the first man to take Jones five rounds and came out virtually unscathed.

Champ Jon Jones def. Rashad Evans unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

MAIN CARD: (Pay-per-view)
Champ Jon Jones def. Rashad Evans unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
Rory MacDonald def. Che Mills via TKO, Round 2 – 2:20
Ben Rothwell def. Brendan Schaub via knockout, Round 1 – 1:10
Michael McDonald def. Miguel Torres via knockout, Round 1 – 3:18
Eddie Yagin def. Mark Hominick via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 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) Round 1 – 2:29
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 (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Chris Clements def. Keith Wisniewski via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Marcus Brimage def. Maximo Blanco via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

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