UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and onetime titleholder Rashad Evans have been at odds with one another for more than a year. In a matter of hours, the former friends and teammates will have nothing left to separate them.

Jones checked in at 205 pounds for his five-round title defense against Evans (204) in the UFC 145 headliner on Saturday at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The 10 other men booked for main card duty, welterweight co-headliners Rory MacDonald (169.5) and Che Mills (170) among them, also met their contracted weight requirements at Friday’s official weigh-in at the Fox Theatre.

Sherdog Fantasy MMA: UFC 145 “Jones vs. Evans” Free Fan Pick’Em
Anchored at Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts, Jones has rattled off six consecutive wins since being disqualified for the use of illegal elbows against Matt Hamill in December 2009. The 24-year-old Rochester, N.Y., last fought at UFC 140 in December, when he choked Lyoto Machida unconscious with a second-round standing guillotine at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Wins over 2006 Pride Fighting Championships middleweight grand prix winner Mauricio Rua, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Ryan Bader, onetime International Fight League light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko and former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Quinton Jackson anchor the stellar Jones resume. He has secured 13 of his 15 professional wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

Evans, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 winner, has won four fights in a row since suffering his only professional defeat: a knockout loss to Machida at UFC 98 three years ago. The 32-year-old Imperial Athletics representative last appeared at UFC on Fox 2 in January, when he dominated the previously unbeaten Phil Davis en route to a unanimous decision at the United Center in Chicago. Evans undoubtedly welcomes his return to Philips Arena, as it was the site of his signature victory over Chuck Liddell in 2008.

UFC 145 “Jones vs. Evans” -- which airs on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT -- will also feature a heavyweight scrap pairing “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 finalist Brendan Schaub (237) with Ben Rothwell (263), a bantamweight duel pitting former WEC champion Miguel Torres (135.5) against fast-rising prospect Michael McDonald (135), a featherweight scrap matching former UFC title contender Mark Hominick (145.5) with Eddie Yagin (144.5) and a lightweight bout between Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Mark Bocek (155) and Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts export John Alessio (155.5).

Two hours prior, the FX network will carry four preliminary matchups, as undefeated heavyweight Travis Browne (250) meets Chad Griggs (248), “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 alum Matt Brown (171) locks horns with the unbeaten Stephen Thompson (171), WEC veteran Anthony Njokuani (156) collides with John Makdessi (158) and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 6 winner Mac Danzig (155) toes the line against “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Efrain Escudero (156). The two remaining undercard bouts -- Keith Wisniewski (170.5) vs. Chris Clements (169) and Maximo Blanco (146) vs. Marcus Brimage (145) -- will stream live to the UFC’s Facebook page.

UFC 145 “Jones vs. Evans”
Saturday, April 21
Philips Arena
Atlanta

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (205) vs. Rashad Evans (204)

Rory MacDonald (169.5) vs. Che Mills (170)
Brendan Schaub (237) vs. Ben Rothwell (263)
Miguel Torres (135.5) vs. Michael McDonald (135)
Mark Hominick (145.5) vs. Eddie Yagin (144.5)
Mark Bocek (155) vs. John Alessio (155.5)
Travis Browne (250) vs. Chad Griggs (248)
Stephen Thompson (171) vs. Matt Brown (171)
* John Makdessi (158) vs. Anthony Njokuani (156)
Mac Danzig (155) vs. Efrain Escudero (156)
Keith Wisniewski (170.5) vs. Chris Clements (169)
Maximo Blanco (146) vs. Marcus Brimage (145)

* Makdessi will forfeit 20 percent of his purse for failing to make weight.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

It's official: Ronda Rousey will not take part in UFC 207 media activities

  • 28 days ago
  • 210 views

It looks like Ronda Rousey is going to keep up her MMA media blackout right through fight week at UFC 207.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones still planning jump to heavyweight, awaits 'perfect opponent'

  • 25 days ago
  • 40 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has flip-flopped on the possibility of moving up to the heavyweight division over the years. Currently, however, he said it’s eventually going to happe read news >>

Marquee Fighters Gear Up for UFC 207 Fight Week (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago
  • 22 views

Women's bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes happily gets her official fight week duties underway. Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz packs for Vegas. read news >>

Nunes vs. Rousey: Weigh-In Info, Top Comments Before UFC 207

  • 22 days ago
  • 127 views

The weigh-ins are over, the main event is official, the only thing left to do is get Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey in the Octagon to fight for the bantamweight title Friday night. Both Nunes and Rous read news >>

Amanda Nunes Destroys Ronda Rousey (UFC 207 Results) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 27 views

Women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes walked through former titleholder Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 on Friday, finishing "Rowdy" in just 48 seconds. read news >>

Jon Jones, Demetrious Johnson Agree: Ronda Rousey Should Return to the UFC

  • 19 days ago
  • 23 views

Much like when Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015, there was a fair bit of schadenfreude on display following her UFC 207 defeat at the hands of Amanda Nunes. People ranging from anon read news >>

Cody Garbrandt: 'TJ Dillashaw Was Never Really a World Champion' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 94 views

UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt says former teammate and former titleholder TJ Dillashaw was never a world champion. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 103 official weigh-in photos: Penn, Rodriguez official and ready

  • 6 days ago
  • 41 views

PHOENIX – The official weigh-ins are complete for the UFC’s Sunday return to Phoenix, and the fighters are official.Filed under: News, Photo Gallery, UFC read news >>

Cain Velasquez gives his side of the story on UFC 207 withdrawal

  • 23 days ago
  • 31 views

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez posted a statement on his official Facebook page to explain his side of the story on the cancelation of his rematch with fellow ex-champ Fabricio Werdum read news >>

It's official: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson meet for interim 155 title in UFC 209 co-main

  • 8 days ago
  • 149 views

The rumored lightweight between highly ranked Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov now is official for UFC 209 in March, and the interim title will be on the line. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>