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

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)

PRELIMINARY CARD: (FX)
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)

PRELIMINARY CARD: (Facebook)
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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79 Comments to UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans Main Card Results & Recap | Jones Defends Title Via Decision

  1. A.James says:

    Rashad looked out of his league. No surprise honestly.

  2. Trevor says:

    Evans looked like a welterweight in there. The size made a huge difference in my opinion

  3. Yarp says:

    5 round UD was what I was expecting. Shad is tough, but Jones is on another level.

  4. Sean says:

    im glad i found a free stream. if i paid for that id be pissed. rory put on a show but rashad jones was a snooze fest

    • A.James says:

      That’s why I made my girl pay for it.

    • Carlos says:

      damn right same here!

    • Kelso says:

      What stream was it?

    • Snooze Fest says:

      Rashad fan, eh? That train has come to an abrupt stop. Get on the Hendo train!!! It’s leaving the station!

    • Turkeykneck fun chav says:

      i watch mma, not street fighting.
      I wasnt remotely bored, i was on the edge of my seat throughout all of it as it wasnt like they were stood doing nothing for 5 rounds
      they were exchanging and timing things, each one of those fighters have devistating power and both of them felt it every round.
      It was a good fight and at anypoint it could have changed.

      The rest of the card was better than expected, the whole event was actually awesome.

      I think you are only a fan of senseless stand and banging rather than clever and thoughtfull fighting.

  5. E716 says:

    Good fight…reach obviously a factor like always….both fighters fought their ass off cant see no one else beating jones…hopefull jones goes 2 hw after he beats hendo

  6. Mike McMack says:

    It seems like every time a main event has a bunch of hype it always seems to fall short of expectations. Jones has a ton of skill to go with his reach and he’s clearly getting better every time he fights. I don’t think he’ll have any losses at LHW, I’m looking forward to seeing him move up to HW eventually where he has a legit chance at that strap too.

  7. fox says:

    I don’t know why anyone.thought it wasn’t going.to.be none of.them was ever in.classic wars or known.for it and against a fighter in his prime and actually caring he loses again first was loyto who put.him to sleep with the hands. And now.jones all that great wrestling and couldn’t do nothing with it evans better wait n hope someone else beats jones n then go.for the belt he’s cocky for no reason like he beat bums and silva who almost stole one from him n probably would of beat him with 5 rounds rampage hasn’t really.cared about.a.fight since his rematch with silva besides that he beat a phil who is a young fight with a lot to learn and knocked out an out of his prime and chinless chuck liddel and yea jon jones is cocky as well but when your.the youngest champion and no one has beat you don’t count that.dq no one has beat him of course your going to be a lil cocky

  8. Thurgood Jenkins says:

    Another massive build up to a very forgettable main event.

    • E716 says:

      It wasnt that bad….

      • A.James says:

        It was bad. We’ve just seen worse. Unfortunately the ones that stand out have Rashad in them.

        • E716 says:

          Rashad goes for it …idk your right it wasnt as hype as is was supposed to be but most of the time they aren’t…..rashad will b back
          …jones should go 2 hw in couple fights imo…

      • Thurgood Jenkins says:

        No, not at all. In all actuality, it was a decent fight but nothing like it was hyped up to be. During the prelims they said multiple times that this was going to be the greatest LW title in UFC history. It just turned out to be forgettable though.

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          I agree, I was entertained and impressed with Evans. But yeah forgettable card all together.

        • You would be... says:

          Losers tend to like losers. Funny how Rashad’s getting slammed left and right today!!! 24 hours ago he was the God that would slay the beast.

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          @You would be…

          Sure… Now go pray to your idol god Jon Jones, who couldn’t finish a guy with a glass chin.

          Hendo’s coming…

  9. Mwill says:

    Where you Rashad cock suckers at now? That’s what I thought! Anyone that even thought Rashad had a chance obviously knew nothing about his personal life or even how old he was! Get a clue!!!

    • E716 says:

      Yeah right…rashad had a perfectly good chance to take that fight…jones was the better fighter and if you think rashad didnt have a chance you dont know shit about mma cause anything can happen…it can be a totally different fight the next time…

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      Wtf does that mean? Where the hell was that glass chin? Oh yeah it doesn’t exist!

    • James says:

      Sir, I do not believe anyone here had the intention of performing fellatio on Mr. Evans.

    • Xaninho says:

      Hey look everybody! It’s a bandwagon jumper!

      If Jones had normal limbs he would never became a champion. People saying his striking is so great don’t know what a proper punch or kick looks like.

      Gotta admit he does make good use of that freakishly long reach advantage he has. But the striking itself isn’t anywhere near toplevel.

      He did win the fight but I’d like to see him compete at his own weightclass. He’s way too big for this weightclass, it’s like an adult fighting in the junior class.

  10. Hjortur Halldorsson says:

    I actually liked the fight although I wanted of course to see Jones finish Evans. Jones just dominated the fight and I had it 50-45, although Evans did lend a great punch in round 1. I was very interested that Evans did not manage to close the distance and was nowhere near lending a takedown.

    The fight of the night was definitely Rory vs Che. Rory is a phenomenal fighter and I wouldn’t be surprised if GSP moved up to 185 in 2013/14. M. McDonald also looks very good and will be interesting to watch in the future.

    Next up in LHW is Hendo and I hope that fight will be in early autumn. It would be so epic if Hendo would be the first guy to stop Jones.

    • squid says:

      haha yeah that would be epic for sure. IF hendo somehow finds a way to beat jones but i dont see it happening. hendos pretty one dimensional and predictable and im pretty sure an intelligent jones and his camp will find a good strategy for him.

    • Thurgood Jenkins says:

      Rory put on a hell of a show, but It was pretty one-sided. I think the fight of the night goes to Yagin and Hominick. That was a war.

    • A.James says:

      That was more of an assault than a fight. Holy moly…

  11. BJ PEN vs GSP 3 says:

    i think 49-46 49-46 49-46 i think Rashad had FIrst raound with leg kick i think Rashad Land 3 very hawy shots in 2 3 4 rounds…. Any sly what Rashad get thru if Jones been in his situation Rashad would most likely win the fight ….Jones only land one havy elbow (didn’t Cut him) and jobs from outside…Jone did won but wosnt like he bit him so badly with no damage on him…i think very close fight and good fight to whoch…

  12. A.James says:

    Just bring in Anderson Silva already. That’s what we all want to see!

  13. Mwill says:

    Learn how to spell you uneducated idiot! Even if I could look past your spelling errors, your grammar was even worse! Is your last name Diaz by any chance?

    • UFC : Ultimate Fighter Corporation says:

      Mwill, How do you know the poster is uneducated? Maybe English isn’t their first language. People from all over the world post here. But an educated person such as yourself wouldn’t know that, right? Go back to your pet rock. It misses you and your witty sense of humor. Have a nice day!

      • Mwill says:

        I guess the Internet only exists in English, right? You don’t see me posting something on a Brazilian website, do you? Voce ainda e um idiota!

        • Xaninho says:

          I see someone found a fucked up online translator…Just shut it dumbass! BJPENN.com is an internationally orientated MMA community.

          Now stop posting comments until your balls finally settle in the sack you panzy.

  14. slacker says:

    Rashad performed well enough IMO. I picked Rashad and am disappointed that he didn’t capitalize more on his caught leg kicks and big punches. He should have kept the pressure on when he was having some success. Anyways, I also picked it to go the distance. Congrats to Jones’ fans.

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      I was annoyed he didn’t perform more leg kicks. Both his kicks and Jones kicks were pretty sloppy imo. I really think Rashad was performing well especially in the 1st and 3rd rds. Jones and Rashad both have solid chins as proven tonight. Jones elbow strikes were really good and he resisted doing as many spinning moves in this match.

      Were you annoyed with Jones kicking Rashad in the knees? That’s dirty as hell!

      • slacker says:

        Rashad was missing his take – down attempts in this fight. He let go of one he caught way too easily earlier in the 2nd before he ate those vicious elbows. Also, he didn’t capitalize when he hurt Jones with the over hand right at the beginning of the 3rd. He should have rushed in with more big shots or a take – down. When Jones started backing him to the fence in the 2nd, touching his gloves, a la Nick Diaz, his front left leg was in perfect reach for Rashad to take him down. Basically, he fought Jones fight. It’s disappointing because I think he could have won. He should have been initiating his own take – down attempts from the very start of the fight and in every round. It would have given Jones a lot more to think about and slowed his attack.

        Yeah, I don’t like those kicks to the knee cause they can really ruin someone for life. He did it with Rampage too. But they are legal, so there is not too much to say about it in the end, I suppose.

      • Thurgood Jenkins says:

        I have to give it to Jones: Those elbows were executed beautifully. A lot of fighters can’t land a straight jab as clean as he was landing those elbows.

        • slacker says:

          True. They were beautiful elbows. But Rashad made the mistake of letting Jones measure him with the glove touch and stay in that distance without doing anything. As soon as Jones did that, Rashad needed to realize that Jones was in take – down range. That front left leg was right there for the taking. What do you think?

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          He didn’t stay on the inside like he said he would. The problem is that he gets tagged if he catches Jones leg and if Jones catches his leg. The reach is too much and he should have strictly done leg kicks and maybe a Machida sweep for a takedown.

        • slacker says:

          If you notice, Jones was only throwing front kicks, head kicks, and very low calf kicks. They learned from the Davis fight that kicks to the upper thigh or body kicks, Rashad would have a great chance to take him down. So, very smart preparation and execution IMO. When Jones closed distance on him against the fence in the 2nd, Rashad should have gone for the single leg. The leg was right there. Instead, he ate vicious elbows and that became the turning point of the fight IMO. Also, with the height difference, Rashad can’t fight inside or try to dirty box because it is too easy for Jones to Muay Thai his neck and land brutal knees.

        • slacker says:

          Also, all these guys out here who said Rashad has a glass jaw and that Jones would finish him in 2 rounds? Not even close in their analysis. Although, I am still very disappointed that this guy wasn’t taken down. Rashad didn’t make his first attempt til 45 seconds left in the 3rd. I don’t know what he was thinking.

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          So basically Rashad is a fish out of water. Defenseless…. Lol

        • slacker says:

          Yeah, that’s a good way to put it. He was fighting in the jungle of Jones diversity of striking which is almost impossible not to get lost in. And he did get lost, I believe, because he said in the post fight that he experienced a mental block. He was about to take down Jon in the 2nd there when Jones backed him up. But, then he said, Jones got the elbows off before he had a chance. I think the overwhelmingness of Jones diverse attack made Evans forget his gameplan, or just make him that little bit hesitant at the moments he should be asserting his gameplan. Maybe his coaches could have given him better mental preparation or maybe they did and Rashad just messed up. IMO, Rashad should have been going for at least a pair of take – downs in each of the first two rounds. After that, he could have assessed his success and decided what to do for the remainder of the fight. He may have been fighting with too much pride and emotion, which can also create a mental block.

        • Xaninho says:

          Those elbows are impossible with normal human limbs. Being a freak of nature does have it’s advantages…

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          You are right. He was using it as if it were a jab. Hendo is gonna have big problems.

      • Xaninho says:

        It is dirty fighting morally speaking. But it isn’t against the rules. He ruined Rampage’s knee with it too.

        It’s not cool how Jones tried a flying sidekick to Rashad’s knee. Allowed or not, you shouldn’t use it.

        I think these kneekicks should be banned. I mean there’s all this tight-ass rules for the 6 to 12 elbows, what is considered the back of the head, no knees to the head of a grounded opponent and these straight kicks to the knee which can really end a fighters career are still allowed…pretty strange if you ask me.

        • slacker says:

          I agree. I think those kicks to the knee should be banned. Too much permanent damage. You want to be able to walk after 40 when your MMA career has ended.

        • tj dania says:

          Lol are you high? If you stop knee kicks then you night as well take out all ligament submission attempts (arm bar, heel hook, etc) as those pose the same threat. How about no more direct punches to the eyes as those could lead to blindness.
          Lol funny guy!

        • Xaninho says:

          You should think before you press ‘enter’. A fighter can tap before the snap….Can a fighter tap before a knee kick tears all his ligaments apart?

          These kicks are illegal in all martial arts competitions I can think of, with a reason.

        • slacker says:

          Yeah, what Xaninho said. Plus, those submissions you mentioned require a lot of steps before completely getting past the guys defense. A guys knees are right there and too easy to make contact with.

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          Why do we allow overt kicks to the knees and not kicks to the groin?

  15. rlm says:

    I enjoyed Bones fight with Rampage more even though it didn’t go 5 rounds. Thumbs up for Rashad for not getting choked out.

  16. warrior808 says:

    Bones Jones…BEST IN THE WORLD!!!

  17. MJ Holmes says:

    Rory MacDonald was quality.

  18. Jimmy Fingerz says:

    Raw PPV excitement? What were you watching, there was only 3 good fights on main card and you need to tighten up on your writing skills guy, especially if your gonna write for the top mma news website and a legends website, do him more justice then this please, damn at least be honest with your story

  19. Xaninho says:

    I enjoyed last friday’s Bellator fights more to be honest.

  20. Bisping is the man says:

    Did anyone suspect that Jones was with a white woman? I was like holy crap when he kissed that white chick.

  21. warrior808 says:

    congrats to browne and yagin! way to rep da 808!

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