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