Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans
Round 1: Jones lands to the body early. The champion is stalking Evans, lands a knee. Jones is using his front kicks to gauge his opponent. Jones ducks under a right hook by Evans. Jones misses with a superman punches and doubles up with front kicks. Evans lands a big right head kick that stuns the champion. Jones fakes a takedown and clinches to close the round.
Round 2: Greg Jackson informs Jones to keep his hands up in between rounds while Evans’ corner urges him to not back off. The two fighters clinch early and Rashad lands a knee. Jones lands a leg kick and Rashad misses a hook counter. Jones misses a spinning back kick and almost gets taken down. The champion begins to land standing elbows close up. Jones lands a big knee and left hook to end the round.
Round 3: Evans lands counter right hook. Jones responds with a superman punch as Rashad begins to gain confidence; stalking more. Jones lands a glancing left body kick. Jones cutting off the cage more, landing a jumping knee. Rashad lands a left hook in a small exchange. Jones land a switch kick to the body. The champion defends a takedown attempt, pushes Evans away. Jones catches a kick as the round ends.
Round 4: Neither fighter landing much during first minute. Jones misses with a spinning elbow. They tie up and Jones lands a knee. Rashad lands leg kick but is countered by Jones. A takedown by Rashad is shrugged off. Evans lands a nice right hook to the body. Swelling over Rashad’s right eye is more visible as the former champion is breathing through his mouth. The two clinch, Jones lands a couple of shoulder strikes to Rashad’s chin. Jones shoots for a takedown but Rashad defends.
Round 5: Evans comes out more aggressive. Jones lands a right hook while Rashad misses with a counter. Jones stalking more. The two clinch and Jones lands some more shoulder strikes. Jones beginning to loosen up and landing more effectively. Jones throws Rashad down and lands a clean shot. Evans gets back up and they clinch again. In an unpredictable move, Jones pulls a jumping guard to finish the fight.
Jon Jones def. Rashad Evans by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46), R5