Rivals Jon Jones, Rashad Evans Official for UFC 145 Title Tilt


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
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 >>

Related News

  • 23 days ago
  • 14 views

The highly-anticipated light heavyweight championship rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson finally has a location. more

  • 4 days ago
  • 46 views

Here we go again. But, it ain't all that bad. Alexander Gustafsson has been forced out of his scheduled light heavyweight title fight against Jon Jones at UFC 178, which is scheduled for MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept., 27, 2014, because of an knee injury suffered in training. Top-ranked 205-pound undefeated contender, Daniel Cormier, will step in to replace "The Mauler," who will get his opportunity to fight the winner whenever he is cleared to return to action, according more

  • 4 days ago
  • 68 views

Check out Daniel Cormier's appearance on UFC Tonight on Wednesday night, where he talked about how the fight with Jon Jones came about, and Jones' first salvo since the signing. more

  • 4 days ago
  • 42 views

Daniel Cormier is getting the title shot that he’s coveted for so long. The former Olympian will step in to face current light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, at UFC 178. Jones was set to face Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of their 2013 bout, but the Swedish fighter was forced off of the card due to an injury. The UFC reported that Alexander suffered an injury to the meniscus in his right knee. This incident has created the opportunity for Cormier to step into the main event of the Septembe more

  • 3 days ago
  • 183 views

New Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight No. 1 contender Daniel Cormier (because of this) talks about his last sparring session with longtime training partner and UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (1:20 mark), which threw him for a loop because Velasquez was trying to emulate Jon Jones -- complete with side kick to the knee. "DC" told him to pump the brakes on that (for now) because they're still nine weeks out from UFC 178, where Cormier will attempt to break "Bones" for more

  • 26 days ago
  • 48 views

I can think of a worse way to spend 90 minutes, and even if you aren't a professional wrestling fan, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin has some interesting insight into mixed martial arts (MMA) and its biggest promotion, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). That includes his comments on UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones (read 'em here), which ruffled a few feathers on Monday following the conclusion of the MMA Hour. Watch Austin dish on "Bones" and a bunch of other hot-button topics in the video more

  • 23 days ago
  • 51 views

See you in "Sin City." Canada? Pfffft. Sweden? As if. The Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson light heavyweight championship rematch, recently booked for the upcoming UFC 178 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sept. 27, 2014, now has a place to call home, according to promotion president Dana White. Well, sorta. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on Friday (July 4) announced the event would be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, but has yet to reveal an official venue, though both MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay ar more

  • 23 days ago
  • 21 views

The highly-anticipated light heavyweight championship rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson finally has a location. more

  • 23 days ago
  • 45 views

Sorry Torontonians, Las Vegas is the place to be for one of the biggest fights of the year. The first epic clash between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson took place in Toronto, Ontario, and the rematch was supposed to be in the same city. Those plans have been nixed, and on a special edition of UFC Tonight, Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed that UFC 178 will be in Las Vegas on 9/27. Believe it or not, it's the first time that Jones has fought in Vegas as a champion, although they tried to accomplish more