Jon Jones will face Rashad Evans in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday, April 21, for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title. This main event has turned out to be one of the most heated grudge matches since Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock started their feud way back at UFC 18. The rest of the card is lacking some star power, but co-main event contestant Rory McDonald is on the fast track to being a top contender.
Main Card: Live on PPV
Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Rashad “Suga” Evans
Jon Jones – Rochester, N.Y. 6-4, 205 pounds, 15-1-0 (Light Heavyweight Champion)
Rashad Evans – Niagara Falls, N.Y., 5-11, 205 pounds, 22-1-1 (Former Light Heavyweight Champion)
The former Jackson Submission Fighting camp teammates swore to never fight each other until an interview with Jones raised some red flags. Jones said he would fight Evans, if asked. Until this point, Evans was contemplating dropping to the middleweight division and staying with Team Jackson in Albuquerque, N.M. The comments bothered him so much that a verbal fight ensued, which resulted in not only Evans staying in the light heavyweight division, but also leaving Greg Jackson’s camp.
Evans had been a part of the camp for over five years.
He has taken this personally and is very unhappy with how the situation has been handled by the Jackson camp.
This bout carries more than a championship belt—it has a large amount of pride on the line as well. This one should be fun.
Jones by Unanimous Decision
Rory “Ares” McDonald vs. Che “Beautiful” Mills
Rory McDonald – Quesnel, British Columbia, 6-0, 170 pounds, 12-1-0
Che Mills – Gloucester, England, 6-1, 170 pounds, 14-4-0
The understudy of Georges St-Pierre, Rory McDonald, has been tearing through welterweight competitors since entering the UFC. He has two first round stoppages, and only one fight in his entire career has gone to a decision. That fight was against “Ultimate Fighter” season five winner, Nate Diaz. In that bout, McDonald tossed Diaz around like a rag doll and dominated him in all three rounds.
The only loss on McDonald’s record was in the last seven seconds of a fight with current interim title belt holder, Carlos Condit. The future looks bright for this 22-year-old as long as he can stay healthy and doesn’t look past his future opponents.
McDonald by TKO (Strikes)
Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell
Brendan Schaub – Aurora, Colo., 6-4, 240 pounds, 9-2-0
Ben Rothwell – Kenosha, Wis., 6-4, 265 pounds, 31-8-0
Brendan Schaub stands to strengthen up his resume if can pull off a victory against a respectable journeyman such as Ben Rothwell. Rothwell is big, but doesn’t necessarily strike fear into his opponents with his build. However, he does bring in the ability to brawl and has one of the hardest heads this side of Roy Nelson. Rothwell also brings in a wealth of experience and titles from other major mixed martial arts organizations. However, this won’t save him if he loses. He will be fighting for his life with a 1-3 record in the UFC, so he is sure to be cut with another loss.
This would be a big victory for Schaub and solidify him as a top 10 heavyweight in the UFC.
Rothwell by Knockout
Miguel Angel Torres vs. Michael McDonald
Miguel Torres – East Chicago, Ind., 5-9, 135 pounds, 39-4-0 (Former Bantamweight Champion)
Michael McDonald – Modesto, Cali, 5-9, 135 pounds, 14-1-0
Torres by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
Mark Hominick – Thamesford, Ontario, 5-8, 145 pounds, 20-10-0
Eddie Yagin – Hilo, Hawaii, 5-7, 145 pounds, 15-5-1
Hominick by Unanimous Decision
Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio
Mark Bocek – Toronto, Ontario, 5-8, 155 pounds, 10-4-0
John Alessio – Vancouver, British Columbia, 5-10, 155 pounds, 34-14-0
Mark Bocek by Split Decision
Undercard: Live on the FX network
Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs
Browne by TKO (Strikes)
Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson
Thompson by Knockout
John Makdessi vs. Anthony Njokuani
Makdessi by Unanimous Decision
Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero
Danzig by Unanimous Decision
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Keith Wisniewski vs. Chris “The Menace” Clements
Clements by Unanimous Decision
Marcus Brimage vs. Maximo Blanco
Blanco by TKO (Strikes)