UFC 145 Recap: Bones retains title
It took all five rounds but Jonny “Bones” Jones dominated “Suga” Rashad Evans to retain the light heavyweight championship and end a bitter rivalry. Judges scored the bout 50-45, 49-46 and 49-46.
Jones utilized his reach, size and superior standup to keep himself outside, landing several standing left elbows while making it difficult for Evans to find his rhythm.
Both fighters were tentative out of the gate but it was Jones who controlled the centre of the octagon. He admits that Evans may have been in his head.
“A lot of it came from slight insecurity fighting Rashad,” said Jones on his performance. “He did big brother me a few times when we used to work out together so having that in my head, it made me more hesitant and so I really had to fight myself in this fight…”
Jones’ professional record improves to 16-1 while Evans drops to 17-2-1. UFC President Dana White confirmed that Dan Henderson is Jones’ next challenger.
In the co-main event, Rory Macdonald completely dominated British veteran Che Mills winning via TKO in round two.
Words cannot describe how scary Macdonald’s ground and pound was, relentlessly attacking Mills from top position. It was reminiscent of what Jon Jones did to Matt Hamill and almost difficult to watch.
No fighter at welterweight has shown more viciousness with ground and pound, yet the 22-year-old prodigy still sees plenty of room for improvement.
“I’m happy with the victory but I made some mistakes,” said Macdonald. “I need to look at the tape and fix them in the gym.”
The main card’s heavyweight tilt saw Ben Rothwell take knockout of the night against Brendan Schaub at 1:10 of round one.
It looked like Schaub had him hurt but got a little too anxious, with Rothwell’s left hook catching him in the scramble. Rothwell looked leaner than ever before and walks away with one of the biggest wins of his career.
In perhaps the biggest upset of the night, 21-year-old Michael McDonald showed serious power knocking out former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres.
The UFC’s second youngest fighter was able to get inside Torres’ jab and use his accuracy with two brutal uppercuts, nearly earning him knockout of the night. How did he feel after finishing a fighter who used to be in the pound for pound conversation?
“I feel great. I can finally eat some pizza, ice cream, it’s going to be a party tonight!” said McDonald in the post-fight interview.
In a textbook power vs. technique striking match, Eddie Yagin earned a split decision over Canadian veteran Mark Hominick.
Yagin knocked him down twice in the fight; first with a right uppercut/left hook combination in round one and then a big right hand in the second.
Hominick seemed to land more punches but lost in the significant strikes category. It could have been scored either way, but it is nonetheless Hominick’s third consecutive loss in the UFC.
Mark Bocek proved once again why he is Canada’s top lightweight. He used his superior grappling to minimize the striking of John Alessio on route to a unanimous decision.
Bocek controlled the fight with takedowns and excellent positioning while Alessio got the better of the standup exchanges.
In his UFC Debut, Chris Clements won a split decision over fellow Canadian James Wisniewski.
Clements landed multiple spinning back fists, right hands, and dropped him with a devastating flying knee in the third round. He also landed a hard elbow while Wisniewski had his back, using only the big screen for eyes!
The only controversy in this fight was a standup midway through round one.
Wisniewski was clearly working from half guard yet the referee’s call ended up leading to a spinning back kick that dropped Wisniewski minutes later. The fact that one judge scored the fight for Wisniewski is absurd.
Anthony Njokuani outpointed Tri-Star’s John Makdessi to take a unanimous decision victory. Makdessi was the only fighter on the card that failed to make weight, coming in two pounds over the limit and forfeiting 20 per cent of his purse.
Other fight results…
Mac Danzig defeated Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision.
Matt Brown beat Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision.
Travis Browne tapped out Chad Griggs with an arm-triangle and submission of the night at 2:29 of round one.
Marcus Brimage defeated Maximo Blanco via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).
By: Matt Marcone