While the main event certainly did not live up to the amount of electricity in the prefight hype, or in the clouds of Atlanta, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones used his superior striking and reach to control Rashad Evans for the majority of their five-round bout. In the co-main event, Rory MacDonald survived early trouble to batter Che Mills to the point his face was a bloody swollen mess.
In other action, Ben Rothwell survived an early scare to put away Brendan Schaub, while Michael McDonald, Eddie Yagin, and Mark Bocek also notched victories in their respective bouts.
Jones Pummels Evans
The “dark and stormy night” horror story cliche proved true for Rashad Evans as no matter how much hatred he held for his former training partner, he was never able mount much offense outside of a headkick early in the fight.
Evans’s nightmare was perhaps the worst in the second round, as Jones pummeled the former champion with brutal elbows that left a nasty welt on the side of Evans face. After that round, Evans only showed flashes of meaningful offense and Jones picked Rashad apart from range and stuffed his takedowns.
Jones showed an impressive array of striking techniques throughout the fight and kept coming from multiple angles that frustrated the smaller Evans.
After the fight, a dejected Evans went and shook hands with Jones and also embraced his former coach and mentor, Greg Jackson.
MacDonald Batters Mills, Insists on More Time To Develop
Rory MacDonald had to overcome an early scare as Che Mills connected a hard shot early that forced MacDonald to get the fight to the ground in a hurry. From that point on the fight was all MacDonald, as he battered Mills for the remainder of the first round and until a referee’s stoppage in the second.
After the fight, a very humble MacDonald insisted his opponent was much better than advertised and stated that he wants to start proving himself against the top fighters in the division.
Rothwell Comes From Behind to Knockout Schaub
Big Ben Rothwell proved tonight that sometimes he is most dangerous when he is fighting for survival. The big man found himself reeling as Schaub closed in for the kill. After being clipped by another Schaub cross, a wild Rothwell left hook found its mark and floored Schaub cold. When Schaub came to, he had no clue what happened.
McDonald Floors Torres
Michael McDonald showed impressive poise against a very game Miguel Torres tonight in Atlanta. The two fighters exchanged strikes before McDonald landed a blistering uppercut to jab to uppercut combo that separated Torres from consciousness. The impressive win vaults the young fighter into definite contender status.
Yagin Victorious Over Hominick
For Mark Hominick, it was too little too late, as a dominant third round was unable to make up for two rounds in which he was floored by the wild and powerful shots of Eddie Yagin. While Hominick recovered from both knockdowns in each round, he was unable to do enough to convince the judges he had recovered enough to win the round.
Hominick did his best work in the third, as he staggered an exhausted Yagin with a barrage of strikes. Yagin showed heart however and held off the former number one contender.
Bocek Cruises Past Alessio
Mark Bocek’s ground game proved too much for veteran fighter, and late replacement, John Alessio. While Alessio gave it everything he had, Bocek was just that much better from start to finish in the bout.
- Jon Jones def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
- Rory MacDonald def. Che Mills via TKO (strikes) at 2:20 of Round 2
- Ben Rothwell def. Brendan Schaub via TKO (punches) at 1:10 of Round 1
- Michael McDonald def. Miguel Torres via knockout (uppercut) at 3:18 of Round 1
- Eddie Yagin def. Mark Hominick via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 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) at 2:29 of Round 1
- 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 via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Chris Clements def. Keith Wisniewski via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Marcus Brimage def. Maximo Blanco via split decision (28-29,30-27, 29-28)
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