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UFC 145: Results and Post Fight Interview

Well the time has come and gone and hopefully you didn’t miss out on an exciting night of fights.  All the fighters tonight put on great performances in a highly anticipated mma event.

Main Event

Jones vs Evans went the distance but it was Jones who secured the win in a fairly one sided, 25 minute, stand up bout.   The champion out landed Evans in significant strikes by more than 2:1.  Evans made many attempts but was unable to take the fight to the ground, he went 0 for 4 on his takedown attempts for the night.  This makes the 3rd consecutive UFC title defense for Jones, now (16-1), and solidifies him as a top pound for pound fighter.

Pay-per-view

The co main event of the night ended in round 2 where Rory ‘Ares’ MacDonald (13-1-0) got the referee to step in and save Che ‘Beautiful’ Mills (14-5-0, 1NC) from a barrage of punches.

Ben Rothwell (32-8-0) earned a k.o. victory over Brendan ‘The Hybrid’ Schaub (9-3-0) after a counter hook found its mark in the first round.

Michael ‘Mayday’ McDonald (15-1-0) got a 1st round k.o. against his opponent Miguel Angel Torres (39-5-0)

Mark ‘The Machine’ Hominick (20-11-0) vs. Eddie ‘The Filipino Phenom’ Yagin (15-4-1) went the distance where Eddie earned the split decision.

Mark Bocek (10-5-0) beat John ‘The Natural’ Alessio (34-15-0) in a unanimous decision.

Undercard

Travis ‘Hapa’ Browne (13-0-1) vs. Chad ‘The Grave Digger’ Griggs (11-2-0) ended in a win for Browne by way of arm-triangle.

Matt ‘The Immortal’ Brown (16-11-0) vs. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (6-1-0) gets Matt back in the winners circle with a win by unanimous decision.

Anthony ‘The Assassin’ Njokuani (16-6-0) vs. John ‘The Bull’ Makdessi (9-2-0) results in The Assassin getting a unanimous decision.

Mac Danzig (22-9-1) defeated Efrain ‘Hecho En Mexico’ Escudero (19-5-0) by unanimous decision.

Chris ‘The Menace’ Clements (11-4-0) got the split decision over his opponent Keith Wisniewski (28-13-1)

Marcus ‘The Bama Beast’ Brimage (5-1-0) vs. Maximo Blanco (8-4-1, 1NC) resulted in a Brimage split decision victory.

UFC 145: Jones vs Evans Weigh Ins and Match Ups

With only one day left, before UFC 145 is underway, the fighters have all stepped on the scales and had their big face off with their competitors.   The Pay-per-view event stats at 7pm/10pmPTET on Saturday April 21 but be sure to catch the prelims on FX 2 hours earlier.

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Marcus ‘The Bama Beast’ Brimage (4-1-0) vs. Maximo Blanco (8-3-1, 1NC)

Keith Wisniewski (28-12-1) vs. Chris ‘The Menace’ Clements (10-4-0)

FX Prelims

Mac Danzig (21-9-1) vs. Efrain ‘Hecho En Mexico’ Escudero (19-4-0)

John ‘The Bull’ Makdessi (9-1-0) vs. Anthony ‘The Assassin’ Njokuani (15-6-0)

Matt ‘The Immortal’ Brown (15-11-0) vs. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (6-0-0)

Travis ‘Hapa’ Browne (12-0-1) vs. Chad ‘The Grave Digger’ Griggs (11-1-0)

Mark Bocek (10-4-0) vs. John ‘The Natural’ Alessio (34-14-0)

Pay-per-view

Mark ‘The Machine’ Hominick (20-10-0) vs. Eddie ‘The Filipino Phenom’ Yagin (15-5-1)

Miguel Angel Torres (39-4-0) vs. Michael ‘Mayday’ McDonald (14-1-0)

Brendan ‘The Hybrid’ Schaub (9-2-0) vs. Ben Rothwell (31-8-0)

Rory ‘Ares’ MacDonald (12-1-0) vs. Che ‘Beautiful’ Mills (14-4-0, 1NC)

Main Event

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones (15-1-0) vs. Rashad ‘Suga’ Evans (22-1-1)

Another Look in the Jon Jones and Rashad Evans Rivalry

There’s no mistaking that Jon Jones (15,1) vs Rashad Evans (17,1 and 1nc) has some bad blood behind the title fight scheduled this Saturday 4/21/2012.  The rivalry has been covered quite a bit by the press and other media.  However, much of what happened regarding the Greg Jackson camp still remains a bit of a mystery.

The following video was posted on youtube from our friends at mmaweekly and it will hopefully fill in any missing pieces to the Jones Evans rivalry.

Some thoughts being thrown around by many experts is whether Rashad is the best opponent that Jones has faced.  This sounds a bit strange as Jones beat Lyoto Machida (17-3), who took the belt from Evans, and took the belt from Shogun Rua (20,6).  These fighters may not be better than the current Rashad but saying that Rashad is better than both of these men seems to be reaching.  The bigger question facing Jon Jones and his camp is whether or not Rashad Evans is familiar enough with Jones to develop a winning strategy.  One trait Rashad does bring, to every fight he is in, is his ability to develop an incredible strategy.  In this sense Evans is up there with top MMA strategist Randy Couture.  It seems that even when Evans seems outmatched by his opponent he still seems to find a way to get that win.

Either way, don’t miss the fireworks set to go off this Saturday 4/21/2012 at 10pm est 7pm pst live on pay-per-view.

Greg Jackson to Corner Jon Jones

It appears, after much deliberation, that Greg Jackson will indeed be in the corner of the UFC light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones.  Jon Jones will meet Rashad Evans, a former member of the Jackson camp, at UFC 145.  Greg Jackson had quite the dilemma on his hands, having trained both fighters into UFC champions, as to whether he would be willing to corner either fighter if they were to meet in the octagon.  It was Rashad Evans, however, who decided to leave Jackson mma for Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Florida in early 2011.  This would have seemed to help make the decision easier for Greg Jackson but the legendary trainer was still on the fence about the topic.

Nearly a year has passed since Evans decided to leave the camp and it seems to be enough time for Greg Jackson to decide to corner his current student, Jon Jones.  It is unsure of whether the rivalry between Jones and Evans was the cause of Jackson’s indecision or not.  The bad blood began brewing between these two fighters after Jon Jones admitted that he would fight Evans should the UFC wish to see the matchup.  Evans became upset at the comment, believing that it is better for members of the same camp to not fight each other.  After that the feud was fueled even more when Jones became a substitute for an injured Evans at UFC 126, which gave the young fighter a much desired shot at the title against Mauricio Rua.  Jones went on to defeat Rua and became the youngest UFC champion in history.

These two fighters will meet each other at UFC 145 April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

UFC on Fox 2: Results

This Saturdays fights have come and gone, leaving with them the anticipation of two title fights with arguably the largest rivalries in the UFC.  Rashad Evans vs Phil Davis was not exactly a barn burner, but the two got down to business and shortly after the start of the first round, Phil Davis (now 9-1-0), starting showing his inexperience compared to the former light heavyweight champion.

Rashad Evans (now 17-1-1) bested the challenger in every aspect of the fight.  Rashad landed considerable more strikes, being able to get inside of the taller Davis, completed 3 of his 4 take down attempts, and secured dominant positions over his opponent.  The only thing Rashad could have done to further his dominance would have been to stop the fight with a k.o. or submission.  All three judges scored the bout in favor of Evans.

This will now set up a chance for Evans to face his former team mate turned rival, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones (15-1-0), the champion of the Light Heavyweight division.  This rivalry has been covered at great lengths, and will be again considering the pending fight.  The rivalry seemed to develop when Jon Jones stepped ahead of Rashad Evans for a title shot versus Shogun Rua, after Rashad sustained an injury that prohibited him from competing.

The other rivalry match was left to us courtesy of a Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) victory over Michael Bisping (22-4-0) in a back and forth bout that ended with an arguably controversial decision.

The first two rounds of the fight were a bit of a grind with Chael Sonnen undoubtedly winning the third round.  The controversy comes into play when the first two rounds are looked upon closely and it is Michael Bisping landing more strikes, pinning Chael Sonnen against the fence and controling the action.  Chael Sonnen did secure take downs during these rounds but Bisping was able to immediately stand back up.

In the post fight interview Chael Sonnen’s character came to surface as he seemed more interested in entertaining the fans than recounting the fight.

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Lavar Johnson (16-5-0) wins over Joey Beltran (13-7-0) by way of K.O.  Resulting in Beltrans forth loss in five fights.

Charles Oliveira (15-2-0) wins over Eric Wisely (19-7-0) by way of an excellent submission that looked like some kind of cross breed of a heel hook and figure four

Chris Weidman (8-0-0) wins over Demian Maia (15-4-0) by way of a long and rather boring stand up bout in which the fans were clearly not the winners.  Chris Weidman, in his defense, did take the fight with only 11 days notice, but Demian Maia’s entertainment value was put into serious question.

UFC on Fox 2

It’s a big event coming free to Fox subscribers this Saturday night 1/28/2012.  Prelims air live on Fuel tv at 5pm est with the card continuing on Fox at 9pm est.  There are some great looking match ups to look forward to:

Light Heavyweight (205lbs)

Rashad Evans (16-1-1) vs Phil Davis (9-0-0)

Middleweight (185lbs)

Chael Sonnen (26-11-1) vs Michael Bisping (22-3-0)

Middleweight (185lbs)

Demian Maia (15-3-0) vs Chris Weidman (7-0-0)

Bantamweight (135lbs)

Johnny Bedford (18-9-1) vs Mitch Gagnon (8-1-0)

Lightweight (155lbs)

Nik Lentz (21-4-2) vs Evan Dunham (12-2-0)

Lightweight (155lbs)

Shane Roller (10-5-0) vs Michael Johnson (9-6-0)

Heavyweight (265lbs)

Jon Olav Einemo (6-2-0) vs Mike Russow (14-1-0)

Featherweight (145lbs)

Cub Swanson (15-5-0) vs George Roop (12-8-1)

Middleweight (185lbs)

Dustin Jacoby (6-1-0) vs Chris Camozzi (15-5-0)

Heavyweight (265lbs)

Joey Beltran (13-6-0) vs Lavar Johnson (15-5-0)

Lightweight (155lbs)

Charles Oliveira (14-2-0) vs Eric Wisely (19-6-0)