Jon Jones used his range, reach and unpredictable striking to dominate Rashad Evans for five full rounds to remain the UFC light heavyweight champion of the world. Evans could offer little offence or resistance to Jones throughout the bout, and Jones walked away with a unanimous victory on scores of 50-45, 49-46 and 49-46.
"It's definitely my most satisfying victory," Jones told Roe Rogan in the cage immediately after the fight. "I did a lot of things I didn't plan. I didn't want to make any mistakes. I didn't feel the cleanest but who I beat, it was very important to me."
The first three rounds of the fight were contested solely on the feet, with Evans showing very little desire to close the distance and get in on Jones' range. For his part, Evans admitted that he may have executed the wrong game plan.
"He had those sneaky elbows that kept coming in. I played the wrong game. He was pretty crafty and tricky and stuff like that. Give him props he kept me on my toes," Evans said.
Jones now improves to 16-1 with three consecutive title defences, and it appears the legendary Dan Henderson is the next in line for him.
In the co-main event of the evening, Kelowna B.C.'s Rory "Ares" MacDonald solidifies his place as a young welterweight phenom with his destruction of Che Mills. MacDonald began his assault right away as he got on top of Mills early and damaged him with ground-and-pound. MacDonald was able to position Mills in a crucifix position and cut him to end the first round.
MacDonald continued the same in the second, but this time he did not relent until referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout at 2:00 of Round 2.
MacDonald now improves to 14-1 in his career and is looking for a big step up in his next fight.
In the rest of the main card action
Despite being hurt early, Ben Rothwell was able to land the telling shot and knock out Brendan Schuab with a left hook at 1:10 of the first round.
Michael McDonald was able to continue his quick ascent up the bantamweight division with his vicious upper cut knockout of Miguel Angel Torres at 3:18 of the first round.
Eddie Yagin used his right hand bomb to drop Mark Hominick a couple times on his way to a split decision win. Hominick landed more shots, but Yagin's were the more telling blows.
In a battle between two Canadian lightweights, Mark Bocek used his strength and technical grappling to dominate and smother John Alessio to a unanimous decision win.