UFC 145 Round-by-Round Review: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans


Evans heads to the ring to the strains of Immortal Technique's "Point of No Return". Jones is booed as he walks out to a remix of "The Champ Is Here." Tonight's long-awaited main event will be refereed by Herb Dean.

Round 1: Both men begin in the crouching position. Evans with his back to the fence, Jones working kicks. Jones gets in a knee after catching Evans off balance. Jones holding the center of the cage. Jones tries a jumping side kick to the knee. Evans with a quick combination as Jones closes the distance. Jones with a head kick that's barely blocked. Jones loosening up with kicks, keeping Evans at bay. Halfway point of the fight. Jones hits Evans with a stiff left elbow. Jones has established his reach well so far. Good leg kick for Evans. Jones with a jumping body kick. Jones doubles up on left body kicks. Evans lands a head kick that hurts Jones. Evans relaxed, doesn't chase him.

FightLine scores the round 10-10

Round 2: They clinch, Evans with a knee. Jones breaks with a left hook. Jones with a leg kick. Another. A tentative pace from both men. Jones comes after Evans and Evans taunts him after stepping free. Evans threatens with the takedown after avoiding the spinning back kick. Evans with the jab; again. Evans goes to the body with a right. Again. Jones with a solid elbow. Evans lands a hard leg kick. Jones land another slick elbow. Jones rocks Evans with a left elbow from nowhere. Evans is still on his feet, but that one hurt him badly. THey clinch. Less than a minute to go and Evans is still hanging in there. Jones still working that elbow. Jones sticks it again with Evans back to the cage. Evans moving and countering, but Jones is walking him down. Jones tries a flying knee before the bell; he rocks Evans with a left hook before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 3: Evans cracks Jones with an overhand right that puts the champ briefly on his heels. Both men getting in their shots and showing the other respect. Evans guarding his right eye. Evans with a leg kick. Jones controlling the center of the cage; he staggers Evans with a flying knee to the guy and a follow up elbow. Another flying knee for Jones that Evans answers with a right hand. Evans with a left hook. Jones with a slick switch kick to the body. Another leg kick for Rashad. Evans shoots and is quickly denied. Jones shucks him off from the clinch. Evans goes hard to the body. Jones misses with a head kick and spinning back kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 4: Jones sticking the left hand. It's a tentative start, with Evans hanging on the outside in Jones' range. Evans shoots and is denied. Jones isn't running away with this, but he's clearly controlling the fight now. Evans with a stiff jab. The crowd is growing resltess as both men stand in front of each other without doing much. Less than two minutes to go. Evans closes the distance and Jones quickly threatens with the choke. He follows it up with several stiff punches. They clinch, and Jones gets in a knee, then several shoulder strikes. Jones shoots for the takedown at the bell and Evans stuffs it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Round 5: Jones sticks the left hand. Evans with a hard leg kick. Jones still keeping control of the center, though Evans is trying to score with big punches. Jones nails Evans with a right straight. Jones with a Superman punch followed by a front kick. Evans tries for a spinning back fist and misses by a mile. Jones putting on some pressure, but they end up in the clinch with the crowd booing. Less than two minutes to go and neither man has done much of consequence in this round. The crowd is booing loudly as they clinch with less than two minutes to go. Jones tosses Evans to the mat with ease and follows him down with some hard elbows. Evans is quick to his feet and back in the clinch. Thirty seconds to go and they finally break. Jones pulls guard at the end of the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Jones

Jon Jones defeated Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

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