Jon Jones and Rashad Evans finally got a chance to settle their score at UFC 145. It seemed however that neither man was dead set on exacting their revenge. In the co main event, Rory MacDonald continued to show why he is a future champion in the UFC.
Jon Jones and Rashad Evans have been bearing down on each other like scud missiles and tonight they finally met inside the celebrated UFC Octagon. The first round saw some standard back and forth action with the key moments being a double kick to the body by Jon Jones, and a Rashad high kick that set up a tense moment for Jones.
The second round found Rashad getting stung by lead elbows that were landing at will by Jones. Rashad has a couple of moments where he landed some decent leg kicks, but the reach advantage proved to be too much for Rashad and Jones extended his striking advantage to take the round cleanly.
More of the same in the third frame, but Jon Jones hurt Rashad on occasion with elbows, a left hand and some kicks to the body. Rashad scored only a handful of times, and the fight continued to slide toward Jon Jones. Rashad was rocked and rubbery legs at one point, but survived the round, but on my card at this point was down three rounds to one.
The fourth round saw more of Jon Jones controlling the standup and Rashad being reduced to covering up and throwing an occasional weak jab. Jones doesn’t seem to want to put Rashad away and lands single shot after single shot. Jones shoots in for a takedown as time expires, but Rashad defends. It’s 40-36 heading into the fifth and final round.
Round five saw Jon Jones hurting Rashad with knees, elbows and single shots to the head and body. Rashad offered little to no offense, and was instead set on protecting his swelling face. Nothing really happening as they clinch for a minute or two and then in the final seconds, Rashad charges and Jon Jones pulls guard to finish the whitewashing.
In the co-main event of the evening, Rory MacDonald stepped into the cage to face Che Mills. Both of these guys are dangerous fighters, and Che was not getting as much respect coming into this fight as he might have deserved. The first round saw some solid action standing, including Mills landing a telling left that seemed to rattle Rory momentarily. However, Rory immediately took the fight to the canvas and controlled Mills, landing some hellish ground and pound, opening Mills up in the process.
The second round saw MacDonald again force the takedown and work on the ground. Rory used amazing transitions to go from guard to side control to mount and then finally back control and ended the fight at 2:20 of the second round by TKO as MacDonald’s barrage of shots went unanswered and Mills was unable to intelligently defend himself. It was another HUGE win for MacDonald who is looking every bit the future champion.
Ben Rothwell showed up for his fight with Brendan Schaub in terrific shape. That said, you don’t need to worry about cardio when you knock your opponent out with one shot just over a minute into the fight. Brendan Schaub was in the middle of landing a nice three punch combo when Rothwell decided he’d had enough and threw an uppercut that missed and a left hook that dropped Schaub to the ground a mess.
Just after he hit the canvass, Rothwell made sure he was out as he landed a couple follow up shots that had Brendan Schaub putting an invisible man into full guard as he was in dreamland. Rothwell thanked the fans for his success and he has a genuine shot at knocking out anyone, in any given fight.
Miguel Torres needed a win coming into his fight with Michael McDonald but it wasn’t to be. The two fighters went toe to toe exchanging shots, but just 3:18 into the first round, Michael landed consecutive uppercuts that dropped Torres. Moments later, Torres was unconscious after some follow up shots from McDonald. For Miguel Torres, this fight marks his second loss in four fights inside the UFC.
Michael McDonald, with the win pushes his UFC record to 4-0 and an impressive 15-1 overall.
Eddie Yagin and Mark Hominick went three hard rounds, both wearing the crimson masks, going toe to toe the entire time. Eddie Yagin hurt and dropped Mark Hominick in both the first and second rounds, but was out boxed and taken apart in nearly every other minute of the fight. In the end, the knockdowns were enough to propel Yagin to a split decision victory over Hominick with 29-28 scores in both directions.
This was a case of a plodding fighter throwing one punch haymakers against a boxer throwing combos the entire fight. Hominick outlanded Yagin by a WIDE margin, but Yagin landed the strikes that mattered most, dropping Hominick with a single right hand in the first and a left in the second. For Yagin, it is a victory that will serve to keep him on the roster and get a bigger fight. For Hominick it’s yet another loss, his third consecutive in the UFC.
John Alessio and Mark Bocek opened the show and it was a classic, striker versus grappler contest as whenever they stood, Alessio held an advantage and Bocek constantly looked to take the fight to the ground. The first round was pretty straight-forward, Alessio landed some decent shots, but was taken down and controlled throughout the round. Bocek had Alessio’s back with a body lock on as the clock expired.
The next two rounds were the same as the first, with Alessio getting the best of the standup, but Bocek taking the fight down, and controlling the action. When the final bell sounded to end the fight, the judges handed Mark Bocek a unanimous decision.
Mark Bocek defeated John Alessio by Unanimous Decision
Eddie Yagin defeated Mark Hominick by Split Decision
Michael MacDonald defeated Miguel Torres by Knockout 3:18 into the 1st Round
Ben Rothwell defeated Brendan Schaub by TKO at 1:10 of the 1st Round
Rory MacDonald defeated Che Mills by TKO at 2:20 of the 2nd Round
Jon Jones defeated Rashad Evans by Unanimous Decision