UFC 145 Results: Post-Fight Stock Report
Despite the fact that the main event completely dominated the card in terms of fan interest, UFC 145 ended up being a fun night of fights.
While Jon Jones was able to defeat Rashad Evans in the main event, he was tested like he has never been before against the smaller, faster Evans and was able to pass yet another huge test in the light heavyweight division.
The win not only solidified Jones’ spot as the top 205lb fighter on the planet, but it ended one of the most intense and memorable rivalries in the UFC’s history and catapulted Jones into the greatest of all time discussion at just 25 years old.
Also on the card, Rory MacDonald proved that he was more than worthy of the hype that has followed him thus far in his career, smashing England’s Che Mills in the co-main event.
With the biggest PPV event of the year so far in the books, let's see how each main card fighters stock was affected after UFC 145.
Mark Bocek: Slightly Rising
After suffering a loss to eventual champion Benson Henderson at UFC 129 a year ago, Mark Bocek looked to continue his rise in the lightweight division at UFC 145.
Bocek came out and used his wrestling and ju jitsu to completely shut down fellow Canadian John Alessio for almost the entire duration of the fight.
Bocek looked awesome for the majority of the fight, and other than eating some punches in the second round it was a dominant performance by the grappling ace.
Obviously the win is going to help Bocek’s stock in the lightweight division, but the fact that Alessio took this fight on less than a month's notice is going to hurt Bocek, and he probably should have finished this fight.
John Alessio: Holding Steady
After waiting nearly six years to get another chance to perform in the UFC, John Alessio’s return to the pinnacle of MMA ended up being a bit disappointing.
Alessio’s opponent, Mark Bocek, is an extremely tough matchup for anyone without some high level grappling skills, and Alessio was unable to compete with his red-headed counterpart once the fight hit the floor.
After getting out worked by Bocek for nearly the entire fight, Alessio will be in desperate need for a victory in his next bout, but since he took this fight on short notice, his stock can’t be affected.
Eddie Yagin: Rising
Eddie Yagin might have been the biggest underdog on the entire card last night, but he delivered in a big way.
Not too many people gave Yagin the chance to even take Mark Hominick the distance, let alone win the fight, but Yagin was able to counter Hominick’s technical punches with wild haymakers and rocked the former title challenger on two separate occasions to secure the first two rounds.
Despite taking a beating in the third round, Yagin did enough to survive and squeak by with a decision, earning the biggest victory of his career.
Mark Hominick: Quickly Falling
It seems crazy that it’s only been a year since Mark Hominick was giving Jose Aldo the toughest fight of his career.
Hominick dropped a UFC featherweight title fight to Aldo at UFC 129 last April, and since that fight he just hasn’t looked the same, getting dropped in seven seconds by Chan Sung Jung at UFC 140 and getting rocked multiple times by Eddie Yagin in his decision loss at UFC 145.
Hominick looked great at times during last night’s bout, but one has to wonder if all of those years of standing and trading punches are starting to catch up with him.
As good as Hominick can be when he’s on, if his chin keeps betraying him, his UFC career could be over a lot sooner than anyone anticipated.
Michael McDonald: Quickly Rising
While Jon Jones and Rory McDonald are getting called the future of the sport after convincing wins last night, neither one of them was as impressive as Michael McDonald.
McDonald was facing a huge step up in competition in former WEC champion Miguel Torres, and he passed the biggest test of his career with flying colors, laying Torres out with a huge uppercut in the very first round.
The win is going to push the 21-year-old phenom into title contention, and if McDonald keeps improving, he could end up becoming the youngest champion in UFC history.
Miguel Torres: Falling
Michael McDonald may have just ended any chance Miguel Torres had at regaining his bantamweight title.
Torres has now lost two of his last three fights, and after being brutally knocked out for the first time in his UFC career, he will have a long road ahead of him if he wants to get back into title contention.
Although he’s just 31 years old, Torres has been fighting for a long time and has taken a lot of punishment, and one has to wonder if he is going to be able to hang with the next generation of fighters in the UFC.
Ben Rothwell: Rising
A lot of people thought that Ben Rothwell was going to be a stepping stone to get Brendan Schaub back on track, but “Big Ben” proved them otherwise by leaving Schaub unconscious just 70 seconds into the first round.
It wasn’t a flawless performance, as Rothwell has hit by some heavy shots before landing the fight-ending blow, but it was a clutch performance by a guy who desperately needed to earn an impressive victory in the UFC.
Brendan Schaub: Quickly Falling
Before losing to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134 last summer, Brendan Schaub was one of the hottest prospects in the UFC’s heavyweight division, and his stock took another huge hit against Ben Rothwell.
Schaub actually looked very good against Rothwell early on, but his chin betrayed him and he was left lying on his back for the second time in his last two fights, and he is suddenly going to be on the chopping block in his next bout.
Rory MacDonald: Quickly Rising
Billed as the next Georges St-Pierre, Rory MacDonald gave the fans a GSP-esque performance against Che Mills in the co-main event of UFC 145.
After getting hit by a good punch on the feet, MacDonald put Mills on his back and absolutely destroyed his British counterpart on the ground, landing a ton of ground and pound before eventually earning the stoppage win.
Now riding a three-fight win streak over tough competition, MacDonald is officially a contender in the UFC’s welterweight division, and if he keeps winning it won’t be long before a fight against his mentor, GSP, becomes a serious possibility.
Che Mills: Holding Steady
As badly as he was beaten by Rory MacDonald last night, Che Mills isn’t going to take a ton of criticism for his performance against one of the hottest prospects in MMA.
Mills landed a few solid leg kicks and punches early on in the first, but once MacDonald started to work his wrestling and ground and pound, the fight was essentially over.
Nearly everyone expected Mills to get crushed in this bout, so the result isn’t going to hurt him, and hopefully he gets a more manageable opponent in his next UFC contest.
Jon Jones: Rising
It wasn’t his cleanest performance, but Jon Jones used his range and his unorthodox striking to frustrate Rashad Evans in order to gain the unanimous decision victory.
The win was likely the biggest of Jones’ career thus far, and he was able to completely dominate the former champion Evans much like he has done to all of his opponents during is current title run.
Now that Jones has finally stepped away from the shadow that Rashad had cast over his career, he is now officially one of the best light heavyweight champions of all time and has a chance to successfully defeat the toughest stretch of opponents in UFC history if he can take out Dan Henderson in his next bout.
Rashad Evans: Slightly Falling
As horrible as it sounds, hardly anyone gave Rashad Evans a chance against Jon Jones in last night’s main event, so his stock isn’t going to take much of a hit despite the loss.
Evans gave Jones a lot more problems than any of his previous opponents, even rocking the champion with a big high kick in the first round, but eventually he was overwhelmed by the reach and raw skills of Jones.
The loss is going to knock Evans to the back of the line in the light heavyweight division, but he is still one of the top fighters on the planet and has a chance to regain his status as one of the best in the world if he wins his next few fights.