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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.

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UFC 145: Predictions

Prelims:

Marcus Brimage Vs. Maximo Blanco – Blanco 2nd round TKO

Keith Wisniewski Vs. Chris Clements – Clements 1st round KO

Mac Danzig Vs. Efrain Escudero – Danzig 2nd round Submission

 

John Makdessi Vs. Anthony Njokuani – Makdessi 1st round KO

Matt Brown Vs. Stephen Thompson – Brown Decision

Travis Browne Vs. Chad Griggs – Browne 2nd round  TKO

Maincard:

Mark Bocek Vs. John Allesio – Bocek Decision

Mark Hominick Vs. Eddie yagin – Hominick Decision

Miguel Torres Vs. Michael McDonald – Torres Decision

Brendan Schaub Vs. Ben Rothwell – Rothwell Decision

Rory MacDonald Vs. Che Mills – MacDonald 2nd round Submission

Jon Jones Vs. Rashad Evans – Jones 3rd round TKO