ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21: Rashad Evans prepares for his light heavyweight title bout against Jon Jones for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

UFC 145 Jones Vs. Evans Results: California Fighters On Undercard Of Championship Superfight

The UFC 145 event in Atlanta was headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Jon "Bones" Jones and Rashad Evans. Modesto native Michael McDonald had an impressive victory on the undercard.

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UFC 145 Results: Michael McDonald Should Be Brought Along On Opposite Path To Renan Barao

Somewhat glossed over at UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans is the fact that a new contender was born in Michael McDonald. He scored a huge knockout over Miguel Torres, a perennial title contender. It's huge, given that it was only Torres' fifth loss in his MMA career - out of 45 total fights. To contrast, that was just McDonald's 16th MMA fight ever. So yes, he's definitely in the title picture, especially in a somewhat thin Bantamweight Division.

As it stands, Dominick Cruz is the champion, and he's set to defend his title against Urijah Faber ... it will be the third time they've fought. Outside of Faber, the division is somewhat shallow, with contenders Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson dropping down to Flyweight. But there is definitely one fighter with a lot of potential outside of the aforementioned McDonald: Renan Barao.

Barao is set to fight Ivan Menjivar at UFC 148, and it "could" be to see who is the No. 1 contender, but with McDonald's huge knockout of Torres, some believe that McDonald could be fighting the winner of this fight instead. This writer believes that would be a mistake. If Barao is that close to a title shot (he should be ... a win over Menjivar on top of victories over Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen are sufficient), then let him have his fight.

And if he's not as close to a title shot? Then have them go on separate paths, regardless. This isn't quite like Jon Jones and Phil Davis or Ryan Bader - that division was stacked without them. Bantamweight isn't afforded that luxury. McDonald and Barao are both at a point where a loss wouldn't destroy their career, but it's also something that they certainly don't need right now.

More than that, the UFC doesn't need to cannibalize their contenders in a division that still hasn't "stuck" with fans of MMA. They should bring them along separate paths, and give McDonald someone else in the meantime to see where he's at while Faber tries to get through Cruz.

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UFC 145: Dan Henderson May Be Largely Overmatched In His Fight Against Jon Jones

Jon Jones had another fantastic and dominating defense of his UFC light heavyweight championship on Saturday at UFC 145. His defeat of Rashad Evans was decisive and left many wondering who in the division could match up to Jones, who at this point looks nearly unbeatable.

Following the event, Dana White confirmed that Dan Henderson will be the next challenger for Jones' title. The most makes sense, as Henderson is the most readily-apparent person to be next in line for a title shot, but it's unclear whether he will fare any better than Evans.

Henderson, a California native, is currently 29-8 and has won his last four fights -- three by knockout and one by unanimous decision. His last three losses, dating back to 2007, were all in title fights, but the last two were in the middleweight division.

Hendo will likely give the crowd a great fight, as he always tends to do. He's a fan favorite and the fight with Jones should be highly-anticipated and heavily watched, but at age 41, there is no telling how well he will fare against the 16-1, 24-year-old champion. Henderson will also be giving up five inches of height and an astounding 13.5 inches of reach. We all saw how well the reach disparity worked out for Evans.

Henderson will certainly give it his all, but -- on paper at least -- Jones looks to be on another level right now.

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UFC 145 Results: Michael McDonald Becomes Instant Bantamweight Contender With Win Over Miguel Torres

At UFC 145 on Sunday, the Bantamweight division found a new and much-needed contender for the championship conversation. Modesto native Michael McDonald solidified his stock as young phenom with a flash first-round knockout of Angel Torres. McDonald won his fourth UFC fight (and fifth Zuffa fight) as he laid Torres out cold with a right uppercut at 3:18.

McDonald, who now holds a 15-1 record at age 21, hasn't lost a fight in three years. He looked impressive against Torres, who is on the decline but far from a tomato can. In McDonald's highest-profile fight to date, he made himself a contender in a division that is sorely lacking in legitimate threats to the title. Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz will have a rematch against the division's biggest star, Urijah Faber, in July, but beyond that, the only name realistically in the mix is the 28-1 Renan Barao. There's a steep drop-off after Barao to the other names in the division. Until last night, anyway.

McDonald has looked sharp in all five of his Zuffa fights, with two knockouts and a victory by submission. With another win or two, he will almost certainly be next in line after Barao for the title.

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UFC 145 Results: How Much Of A Chance Does Dan Henderson Have Against Jon Jones?

UFC 145: Jones Vs. Evans was, by some accounts, an underwhelming event when it was all said and done. That isn't to say that there wasn't plenty to be impressed with on the night, from Michael McDonald's knockout of Miguel Torres to the insane defensive striking of Jon Jones, the night definitely had its high points.

As is the usual case for the numbered cards with title fights at the top, the biggest takeaway in regards to news is always who is going to have the next shot at said title, and UFC 145 delivered in this vein just fine with the news confirmed by Dana White: Dan Henderson will get the next shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

Really, the thought of Henderson getting the next shot is a little scary. Sure, he hasn't slowed down at all in his old age, but Jones is a mauler with a killer instinct, and perhaps it's just this writer's bias, but the MMA world doesn't need to see "Hendo" lose like that.

That being said, what are the chances Henderson pulls out the win? It might be surprising to you - but they're actually pretty decent. Henderson has the strongest right hand in the game - anybody who gets cracked with it has a very good chance of getting put down and waking up with a doctor standing over them. How Mauricio Rua didn't get knocked out in his fight against Henderson is anybody's guess, but for the most part, that right hand will put you down.

And it just so happens that Jones has been hit quite a few times in his most recent fights. Sure, some judges are poor and actually gave Jones the first round against Lyoto Machida, but everyone out there saw Machida tag Jones and get him backpedaling, taking that first round with a huge statement. And everyone saw Rashad Evans come out and stumble Jones four or five times over the course of five rounds in their fight.

Of course, Jones went on to choke out Machida like he was a school child and elbow/kick/knee Rashad a couple hundred times, but you know.

The point is that Jones has holes in his striking, and Henderson only needs to land once. It would not be shocking to see Henderson land that right hand, no matter how telegraphed it happens to be. Most will tell you this fight is likely to end with the much bigger Jones smothering Henderson and pummeling him close or choking him out, but it's compelling because of that right hand, and, really, you'd be a fool not to tune in.

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UFC 145: Dana White Confirms That Jon Jones Will Fight Dan Henderson Next

UFC 145 took place on Saturday and is now in the books. Jon Jones successfully defended his Light Heavyweight Championship in the highly-anticipated main event by defeating former champion Rashad Evans.

The fight was a decisive one for Jones, who looked in control for much of the fight and won via unanimous decision. Evans looked overmatched, while Jones' conditioning, in particular, looked spectacular. His dominance and performance was slightly reminiscent of Anderson Silva, another seemingly unbeatable champion in the UFC.

As soon as the fight against Evans was final, the questions began to swirl about who Jones' next opponent would be. The only realistic contender to the title seemed to be Dan Henderson and UFC President Dana White confirmed at a post-UFC 145 press conference that Henderson would indeed be getting the title shot. Ariel Helwani tweeted out the information during the presser.

No word yet on when the fight would take place, but given the popularity of both Jones and Henderson, the match could end up being even more anticipated than Jones-Evans was.

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UFC 145 Results: Jon Jones Retains Light Heavyweight Title As He Defeats Rashad Evans By Unanimous Decision

UFC 145 took place at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The main event of the evening was one of the most highly-anticipated matches in recent years, as Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight title against former champion Rashad Evans.

The fight began with "Bones" Jones picking apart Evans seemingly at will and looking as though his reach advantage would be a handicap that Evans would be unable to overcome. Evans did not go quietly, however, as the second and third rounds were entirely standup, with both men trading huge shots and occasionally rocking one another.

As the fight headed to the championship rounds, neither man showed significant signs of fatigue, although Evans began breathing through his mouth midway through Round 4. Evans had significant swelling above his right eye by this point and was clearly looking for one huge punch that could end the fight.

In Round 5, Evans came out throwing haymakers, but was unable to make any significant shots lands and clearly did not have much left in the tank. Jones landed several big shots and was striking Evans seemingly at will. He floored Evans and dropped a forearm, but Evans was back to his feet before Jones could go for the finish.

Jones retained his title via unanimous decisions on scores of 49-46, 49-46, 50-45.

Here are the complete results from UFC 145.

Preliminary card (Facebook)

Featherweight bout: Marcus Brimage vs. Maximo Blanco
Brimage defeated Blanco via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).

Welterweight bout: Keith Wisniewski vs. Chris Clements
Clements defeated Wisniewski via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).

Preliminary card (FX)

Lightweight bout: Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero
Danzig defeated Escudero via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Catchweight (158 lb) bout: John Makdessi vs. Anthony Njokuani
Njokuani defeated Makdessi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Welterweight bout: Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson
Brown defeated Thompson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-27).

Heavyweight bout: Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs
Browne defeated Griggs via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:30 of round 1.

Main card

Lightweight bout: Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio
Bocek defeats Alessio via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Featherweight bout: Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
Yagin defeated Hominick via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Bantamweight bout: Miguel Torres vs. Michael McDonald
McDonald defeated Torres via knockout (punches) at 3:18 of Round 1.

Heavyweight bout: Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell
Rothwell defeated Schaub via TKO (punches) at 1:10 of round 1.

Welterweight bout: Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills
MacDonald defeated Mills via TKO (punches) at 2:20 of round 2

Light Heavyweight Championship bout: Jon Jones (c) vs. Rashad Evans
Jones defeated Evans via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45).

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UFC 145 Results: Michael McDonald Knocks Out Miguel Angel Torres In Round 1

On Saturday in Atlanta, the UFC 145 card is well underway. There are three fight in the books on the main PPV, which will be headlined by the big title match between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans.

The third match on the card featured Modesto native Michael McDonald getting the highest-profile match of his career, as he matched up in a featherweight bout against Miguel Torres.

After an extended feeling-out process, McDonald scored a flash knockout of Torres in the first round with a huge combination, including a final uppercut from a right hand that completely knocked out Torres. It was the ninth career win by knockout for McDonald. His record now improves to 4-0 in the UFC

The results of the main card thus far:

Lightweight bout: Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio
Bocek defeats Alessio via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Featherweight bout: Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
Yagin defeated Hominick via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Bantamweight bout: Miguel Torres vs. Michael McDonald
McDonald defeated Torres via knockout (punches) at 3:18 of Round 1.

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UFC 145 Jones Vs. Evans Results: Full Preliminary Card Results

The preliminary card for UFC 145 in Atlanta is in the books. The entire preliminary card was underwhelming and every fight but the last went to a decision. That last match, however, nearly made up for the sloppy and often boring fights leading up to it.

In a heavyweight bout, Travis Browne took on Chad Griggs. Browne manhandled Griggs right from the outset, brutalizing him with strikes and tossing his opponent around like a rag doll. In the first round, he landed a huge knee to the head, grounded Griggs and took his back before sinking in an arm triangle for the submission victory. It is definitely an early candidate for submission of the night (and not just because it is the only submission so far).

Here are the full results of the preliminary card as the main PPV gets underway:

Preliminary card (Facebook)

Featherweight bout: Marcus Brimage vs. Maximo Blanco
Brimage defeated Blanco via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).

Welterweight bout: Keith Wisniewski vs. Chris Clements
Clements defeated Wisniewski via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).

Preliminary card (FX)

Lightweight bout: Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero
Danzig defeated Escudero via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Catchweight (158 lb) bout: John Makdessi vs. Anthony Njokuani
Njokuani defeated Makdessi via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Welterweight bout: Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson
Brown defeated Thompson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-27).

Heavyweight bout: Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs
Browne defeated Griggs via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:30 of round 1.

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UFC 145 Jones Vs. Evans Results: Mac Danzig Defeats Efrain Escudero By Unanimous Decision

UFC 145 is taking place on Saturday night at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The event will be headlined by a Light Heavyweight Championship bout between champion Jon Jones and former champ Rashad Evans.

One notable California fighter has already fought in the preliminary card, part of which aired on FX. Former The Ultimate Fighter winner Mac Danzig fights out of Los Angeles. He opened the FX prelims with a lightweight fight against Efrain Escudero.

The two fighters appeared very evenly matched and much of the fight featured extended feeling-out periods, as well as a lot of time spent in the clinch. Between the second and third rounds, it was clear that Danzig was fighting on a blown ankle, as his right ankle was visibly swollen.

The fight went the distance, but although neither fighter showed a distinct edge, Danzig appeared to be initiating more of the clinches against the cage that permeated the fight. In the end, that bore out, as Danzig won the fight by unanimous decision, on scores of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.

There were two preliminary fights that opened the live event and aired for free on Facebook. Here are the results of those opening fights:

Featherweight bout: Marcus Brimage vs. Maximo Blanco
Brimage defeated Blanco via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).

Welterweight bout: Keith Wisniewski vs. Chris Clements
Clements defeated Wisniewski split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).

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