UFC 145 Results: What's Next for Marcus Brimage?

First LastCorrespondent IApril 21, 2012

The opening bout for UFC 145 saw Marcus Brimage (5-1) taking a split-decision over former Strikeforce fighter Maximo Blanco (8-4-1).

It was a bout that many fans thought might be a candidate for fight of the night, but it was more of a technical battle than fans were used to seeing from them.

Brimage was able to land the cleaner blows in round one and round three. Blanco came on late in round one and did better in the second, but it wasn't enough to get the decision on two of the three scorecards. Both fighters participated in a flip-off after the fight.

Two judges saw Brimage winning, with one having it 30-27 and the other 29-28. The dissenting judge had it 29-28 for Blanco.

With the victory, Brimage improves to 5-1 in what was his UFC featherweight debut. Blanco also made his UFC debut tonight after falling short against Pat Healy in his previous bout in Strikeforce.

Brimage's next fight, a bout versus Issei Tamura, who is 7-2 in his MMA career and 1-0 in the UFC, could be a good step for both fighters early in their careers.

Tonight's pay-per-view event will be headlined by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, who will be taking on a former teammate in "Sugar" Rashad Evans, who is a former champion and currently riding a four-fight win-streak.

Both have been hyping the fight since last year when Jones replaced Evans against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and defeated him in the third round to win the title and become the youngest UFC champion.

Since his win over Rua, Jones has defeated Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson to seal off what was one of the more impressive years of a mixed martial artist.

Other bouts on the card include Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills, Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell, Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Torres, Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin and Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio.