Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans: UFC 145 Results
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones went the distance versus former training partner Rashad Evans at UFC 145 but the results were almost the same as his other fights. After five rounds of dominating Evans, a past winner of The Ultimate Fighter as a heavyweight and former Light Heavyweight Champion as well, all judges scored in favor of the talented Jones to complete his third successful title defense via unanimous decision.
Evans happens to be the fourth former UFC champion that Jones has beaten after Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida.
Jon Jones versus Rashad Evans was probably one of the more bitter rivalries in the UFC. Evans was supposed to challenge then UFC Light Heavyweight Champion ‘Shogun’ Rua at UF C128 but a knee injury sidelined him, giving the up and coming Jones the shot at the title. The former training partners at Greg Jackson’s camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico vowed they will never fight each other but when Jones won the title against Rua, he agreed to fight his friend Evans.
Evans moved out of the Jackson camp to train on his own leading up to UFC 145.
Unlike in previous fights, Jones did not finish Evans with a knockout or submission. The champion appeared tentative at times although his elbow strikes seemed to have inflicted the most damage on Evans. Jones also mixed it up with kicks to the body as Evans kept guessing his opponent’s next move. Evans fought at his best but he just did not have enough tools to beat the well-rounded Jones.
It was announced later that Jones would be facing Dan Henderson next. Henderson has tremendous knockout power and strong wrestling skills. Age would be a major factor though as Henderson is pushing 42 years old while Jones would only be 25 by the time they fight. After Henderson, Jones would have cleaned up the light heavyweight division by then.