Jones has the final word
Light-heavyweight title sees off former team-mate
Last Updated: April 22, 2012 8:03am
Jon Jones retained his UFC light-heavyweight title with a unanimous points victory over Rashad Evans in Atlanta.
Jones was awarded the fight at UFC 145 by 50-45, 49-46 and 49-46 to win his fourth successive title fight at 205lbs.
Jones and Evans had once been team-mates at Greg Jackson's MMA gym in New Mexico, before the relationship turned sour - with the former friends embroiled in a bitter war of words over the past year.
However it was Jones who had the final word - with his longer reach, through kicks and jabs, keeping Evans at bay throughout, while his use of the elbow shocked the 32-year-old.
"This was definitely my most satisfying victory," the 24-year-old Jones told ufc.com.
"I felt like my striking was a little more elementary (than usual), I just didn't want to make a lot of mistakes."
And although the two fighters failed to shake hands at the end of the fight, Evans paid credit to his rival.
"I give him props; he was creative and kept me on my toes, so I got to give it to him," said Evans, who drops to 22-2-1.
"He had those sneaky elbows that kept getting in on me."
Ground and pound
In the co-main event at the Philips Arena, Canadian Rory MacDonald recorded a second-round TKO against Che Mills.
The 22-year-old welterweight was simply too strong for the British hope, with his impressive ground and pound tactics proving key to the win.
The referee eventually stepped in after MacDonald pinned Gloucester-born Mills on the canvas and unleashed a furious flurry of punches to the head.
Michael McDonald added to his growing reputation with a stunning knockout of former bantamweight champion Miguel Torres.
The 21-year-old had dropped Torres with brutal uppercut in the opening round to move to 4-0.
There was also a first-round stoppage as heavyweight Ben Rothwell stunned Brendan Schaub.
Rothwell had looked to be in serious trouble as Schaub came flying out of the blocks before a left hook settled matters in the veteran's favour.
The biggest upset of the night came as 1/6 favourite Mark Hominick suffered a split-decision defeat to Eddie Yagin.
Hominick was made to pay for a slow start as Yagin was awarded the win 29-28 on two of the three scorecards. The final judge gave the fight to Hominick by the same score.
Mark Bocek secured a convincing points win over lightweight journeyman John Alessio.
Judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 in favour of Bocek as his grappling skills negated Alessio's aggressive striking tactics.