At UFC 145 in Atlanta, Jon Jones came out and destroyed the man that most fans considered the greatest threat to take Jones’ UFC light heavyweight title.
Rashad Evans did his best to try and counter Jones’ unorthodox attacks and get inside on his opponent, but the reach of Jonny Bones was just too much for Evans to overcome.
The fight started off with a close first round, highlighted by a big head kick from Evans that Jones later admitted had him hurt, but Evans was unable to capitalize on his opportunity. Still, the round was good enough for Evans that he earned the nod on two of the judges’ scorecard.
From that point on, it was all Jones.
The champion landed several big elbows in the second round, one of which put Rashad in a lot of trouble, and although he was unable to finish he easily took the round.
The next three rounds ended up being more of the same, with Jones sitting on the outside and using his reach to frustrate the smaller Evans, picking him apart with punches and kicks.
The win has to be the biggest of Jones’ young career thus far, as he not only dominated his toughest opponent yet, but he was able to overcome over a year's worth of hype and pressure in order to get the victory.
With Rashad finally in his past, Jones will go on to defend his title later this year against Dan Henderson in a fight that will see him as the heavy favorite once again.
Evans is likely going to need a few victories before he is even considered for a title shot again, but as one of the best fighters in the division it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he eventually made it back to the top of the division.