The newly retooled UFC 145 fight card – the biggest change was a move from Montreal to Atlanta – is nearly complete with the UFC confirming nine bouts for the event.
The biggest question mark remaining is the main event. UFC officials recently said that a main event would be announced in the coming weeks.
If all the speculation is true, the main event could feature UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his belt.
The champ himself recently confirmed on the UFC on FX 1 post-fight show on Fuel TV that he would be ready to go by the April 21 date. He even mentioned that he had heard “rumors” that UFC officials were considering his next defense for UFC 145 in Atlanta.
That’s a fairly healthy rumor, considering the source.
The likely scenario is that if Rashad Evans defeats Phil Davis at UFC on Fox 2 next week and comes out unscathed, he will face Jones in Atlanta. UFC president Dana White has already guaranteed that Evans gets the next shot as long as he wins and comes out healthy.
If Evans loses, or needs more time to heal up, don’t be surprised of Dan Henderson gets a shot at Jones when the UFC heads down south.
UFC 145 Bouts Announced for Atlanta:
-Miguel Torres (40-4) vs. Michael McDonald (14-1)
-Maximo Blanco (8-3-1) vs. Marcus Brimage (4-1)
-Brendan Schaub (8-2) vs. Ben Rothwell (31-8)
-Rory MacDonald (12-1) vs. Che Mills (14-4)
-Travis Browne (12-0-1) vs. Chad Griggs (11-1)
-Mark Hominick (20-10) vs. Eddie Yagin (15-5-1)
-Mac Danzig (20-9-1) vs. Efrain Escudero (18-4)
-Anthony Njokuani (14-6) vs. John Makdessi (9-1)
-Keith Wisniewski (28-13-1) vs. Chris Clements (10-4)