After watching the pre-fight press conference for the main event at UFC 145 it would be hyperbole to label the bout between current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans as a grudge match. The two seemed tired of rehashing the same old questions over and over and looked like they wanted to be anywhere else but sitting on that stage on Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta.
With that in mind, let’s call this an eagerly anticipated bout. That description seems to fit much better for the fighters as well as for the fans. That eagerly anticipated match up will take place on Saturday, April 21 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Jones versus Evans scrap will headline a 12 fight card that will also see up and coming stars Rory MacDonald and Michael McDonald attempt to continue their climbs up the rankings of their respective divisions.
While Jones and Evans were reserved at the press conference things may heat up when the fighters take to the scales on Friday afternoon for the weigh-ins for Saturday night’s fight card.
The weigh-in will kick of at 4 p.m. ET and Bleacher Report MMA will have results as they happen.
Jon Jones (205) vs. Rashad Evans (204)
Rory MacDonald (169.5) vs. Che Mills (170)
Ben Rothwell (263) vs. Brendan Schaub (237)
Michael McDonald (135) vs. Miguel Torres (135.5)
Mark Hominick (145.5) vs. Eddie Yagin (144.5)
John Alessio (155.5) vs. Mark Bocek (155)
Travis Browne (250) vs. Chad Griggs (228)
Matt Brown (171) vs. Stephen Thompson (171)
John Makdessi (158)* vs. Anthony Njokuani (156)
Mac Danzig (155) vs. Efrain Escudero (156)
Chris Clements (169) vs. Keith Wisniewski (170.5)
Maximo Blanco (146) vs. Marcus Brimage (145)
* Elects to give up part of his purse.