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.