The UFC is finally returning to Atlanta. After a three year wait, fans will once again pack Philips Arena for a UFC pay-per-view at UFC 145 on April 21st. With that comes one of the most anticipated matchups of 2012 with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones taking on Rashad Evans.
Jones and Evans’ history has long been discussed, after it took a negative turn when Jones replaced Evans at UFC 128 in March 2011. Teammates at Jackson’s MMA, Jones mentioned fighting Evans if the situation should arise; something Evans did not take so kindly to. After Jones defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to win the title, Evans left Jackson’s MMA and began training in Florida. Since then, the possible matchup of the two has been mentioned non-stop.
Jones (15-1) last fought in December, defeating Lyoto Machida in the second round via submission. Evans (17-1-1) fought a month later at UFC on FOX 2, defeating Phil Davis by decision. The matchup between Jones and Evans was announced for UFC 145 shortly thereafter.
Other official matchups at the event include Rory MacDonald taking on Che Mills, a heavyweight battle between Brendan Schaub and Ben Rothwell, and a lightweight clash between Mark Bocek and Matt Wiman.
On Thursday, the first press conference for UFC 145 took place, with both Jones and Evans in attendance.The UFC released video of the event, which can be seen below.
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