UFC 145 Results: What We Learned from Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

First LastCorrespondent IApril 22, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21:  Jon Jones (L) punches Rashad Evans during their light heavyweight title bout for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tonight's main event of UFC 145 matched up former teammates in Jon "Bones" Jones (16-1) and Rashad Evans (17-2) in a fight for the UFC light heavyweight championship.

Jones, the reigning champion, successfully defended his title with a unanimous decision win over five rounds of action in Atlanta.

The judges' scorecards were 50-45, 49-46 and 49-46.

What We'll Remember from This Fight

It's not surprising to see a fight go the distance, but for Jon Jones, who has finished his last four opponents, it was good to see him get taken the distance even if he was in control for the majority, if not all, of the fight.

It lacked the finish that many fans have seen Jones pull off in his last couple bouts, but it was still a quality performance against what was his toughest opponent to date.

Compustrike stats saw Jones out-landing Evans 112-56 in total strikes and 52-12 in power strikes.

What We Learned About Jon Jones

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First, we learned that Jones can go the distance and be able to win round after round against an elite-level opponent. He was able to adapt to Evans' style and still utilize techniques that are unique to him.

Many of the strikes attempted by Jones were ones that fans have come to expect from him. Front kicks, elbows and head kicks were all utilized by the 24-year-old in route to defending his title for the third time.

What We Learned About Rashad Evans

He showcased a good chin in being able to take damaging blows from Jones and still be able to fire back when he needed to. He wasn't able to get inside and out and utilize his speed to land combinations, but he did land some of the best punches we have ever seen Jones hit with.

What's Next for Jones

The next fight for Jones will come against former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson, who is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Other current wins include those over Fedor Emelianenko, Rafael Cavalcante and Renato Sobral.

What's Next for Evans

A rematch against Machida could be appropriate considering where both fighters stand in the division. Both are coming off of losses to Jones and need a win to get back on track. A fight with Alexander Gustafsson has also been one that many people are interested in.

A fight in the middleweight division might also be something to consider.

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