Jon Jones is slated to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship against former teammate Rashad Evans at UFC 145 on Saturday night in Atlanta. But prior to the fight, Jones, Evans, and the rest of the UFC 145 roster stepped on the scale at the weigh-ins on Friday afternoon.
Both having fought in their fair share of title fights, Jones and Evans both came in on point. Jones stepped on the scale at 205 pounds, while Evans tipped the scale at 204 pounds.
“It’s been a bit different because of the media and everything, but at the same time, I enjoyed the process,” Evans told UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan after an intense face-off with Jones. “It is a lot of emotion involved, but at the same time, I’m looking forward to stepping in the cage to fight Jones.”
“It’s a gigantic fight. I’m excited to be here, baby,” stated Jones, before proclaiming, “I’m ready to tear some heart out.”
With the spotlight white-hot on the main event, there are some solid feature fights sneaking in under the radar.
Top welterweight Rory MacDonald returns to face off with Che Mills, and heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Ben Rothwell will square off in support of the main event.
Neither MacDonald nor Mills had trouble making weight, while Schaub gave up 26 pounds to Rothwell, weighing in at 237 pounds to Rothwell’s 263.
On the preliminary portion of the card, John Makdessi weighed in two pounds over the 156-pound cutoff for his lightweight fight with Anthony Njokuani. Njokuani agreed to accept the fight anyway, receiving 20-percent of Makdessi’s fight purse in return.
Main Card (on Pay-Per-View):
-Jon Jones (205) vs. Rashad Evans (204)
-Rory MacDonald (169.5) vs. Che Mills (170)
-Brendan Schaub (237) vs. Ben Rothwell (263)
-Miguel Torres (135.5) vs. Michael McDonald (135)
-Mark Hominick (145.5) vs. Eddie Yagin (144.5)
-Mark Bocek (155) vs. John Alessio (155.5)
Preliminary Bouts (on FX):
-Travis Browne (250) vs. Chad Griggs (228)
-Matt Brown (171) vs. Stephen Thompson (171)
-John Makdessi (158) vs. Anthony Njokuani (156)
-Mac Danzig (155) vs. Efrain Escudero (156)
Preliminary Bouts (on Facebook):
-Keith Wisniewski (170.5) vs. Chris Clements (169)
-Marcus Brimage (145) vs. Maximo Blanco (146)