At UFC 145, it was time to let their fighting do the talking as former teammates Jon Jones and Rashad Evans squared off in what was one of the most highly anticipated light heavyweight championship bouts in UFC history.

Fans from the Philips Arena in Atlanta got the chance to witness 11 other exciting fights in addition to the headlining bout. In the co-main event, future star Rory MacDonald took on Che Mills in a welterweight match-up.

A six fights made up the main card, with FX and Facebook showcasing the preliminary card bouts.

Jones outmatches Evans to retain title

Rashad Evans came in very poised and confident to take on his former training partner, but was outmatched by Jon Jones as the champ retained his title by unanimous decision.

Right from the start, Jones went to work.

The reach of the champion played a huge factor, as always, and forced Evans to fight on the outside. With the length disadvantage, “Suga” couldn’t close the distance to land hardly anything with his hands. The challenger did throw some solid punches, but not enough to capitalize off of.

Jones remained collected throughout the entire 25 minutes. “Bones” never stopped working, always finding ways to score points. Something new that he showed off were some slick elbows that landed multiple times to the face of Evans. Jones would play hand games, then explode in with strikes, which were the deciding factor in the fight.

As the fight progressed, Jones had energy left in him due to training at a high altitude, while Evans was fatigued in the later stages of the bout. Bottom line is that Jones forced Evans to fight his type of fight.

This was the first time Jones has gone the distance in a title fight, which does prove that Evans tested Jones. However, Jones will only get better after this and remains a dominant light heavyweight champion.

Macdonald continues to impress in win over Mills

The future of the welterweight division, Rory Macdonald put on yet another dominant display by defeating Che Mills in the co-main event.

Mills came out of the gates strong and took it to the 22-year-old. After getting roughed up, the Canadian chose to take the fight to the ground to avoid further damage on the feet. Macdonald worked to transition to a mounted crucifix, and rained down shots on the Brit. After many more shots landed, Mills barely escaped the first round, but the face of Mills took a ton of punishment.

Macdonald continued in round two by taking the fight to the ground, and instantly transitioned to side control, then to full mount, then to the back of Mills. After flattening him out, Macdonald made it look easy and finished off Mills with brutal ground shots.

A dominant TKO win for Macdonald as he got the stoppage at 2:20 of the second round.

Rothwell stops Schaub

A UFC pay-per-view isn’t complete without a heavyweight showdown, but have no fear, Ben Rothwell and Brendan Schaub provided a fight that should not be overlooked.

Being a heavy-handed, athletic fighter, Schaub wanted to get inside on Rothwell in hopes of getting a knockout. An elbow by “The Hybrid” forced Rothwell to retreat, but as Schaub ran in, Rothwell caught him with a combination. The shots from “Big Ben” dropped Schaub, and Rothwell finished him off to get the TKO victory.

Rothwell poured out his thanks to the UFC’s awesome fans after his win.

McDonald Flattens Torres

Fans were on the edge of their seats for this bantamweight scrap that would determine who would be the next top contender at getting a shot at the champion someday.

As expected, both men came out throwing leather. McDonald began to take control of the exchanges and rocked the former bantamweight king midway through the round. The assault didn’t stop there, as he flattened Torres with a couple grounds shots to seal the deal.

McDonald picked up the biggest win of his career with an impressive knockout over Torres in the first round.

Yagin upsets Hominick

Mark “The Machine” Hominick returned to the Octagon after losing in under 10 seconds in his last fight, hoping to get back on track against Eddie Yagin.

Both men came out at a fast pace, looking to set up their striking game. Hominick was a bit more conservative, while Yagin stayed aggressive and dropped Hominick with a punch. The shot forced swelling under the left eye of Hominick, but he was able to overcome the damage and get to his feet.

Yagin continued to throw haymakers in the second round, with Hominick smartly picking his shots. Once again, Yagin rocked Hominick on the feet and capitalized with some shots on the ground as well. It was a difficult round to score as Yagin did more damage, while Hominick landed more shots. All in all, both men ended the round bloodied up.

The final round was a solid one for “The Machine” as he won the striking exchanges, landing jab after jab. Yagin came out of the fight with a messed up face, but did he also come out with a win?

In the end, a split decision was awarded to Eddie Yagin, who picks up Upset of the Night awards.

Bocek wins in the battle of Canadians

In the opening bout of the main card, John Alessio returned to the Octagon for the first time since 2006 to take on fellow Canadian Mark Bocek.

Bocek came out looking to take the fight to Alessio, and pressed his opponent against the cage to try and secure a takedown. After Bocek dragged Alessio to the ground, Bocek transitioned nicely while on the mat to attack. Alessio had no answer for Bocek on the ground, allowing Bocek to dominate in round one.

Alessio needed to come out strong in the second, but once again found himself on his back. “The Natural” was able to get to his feet and strike, but Bocek did enough to win the round by Octagon control.

The corner of Alessio, knowing he was down on the scorecards, stressed getting the knockout, and Alessio came out more aggressive. But Bocek went back to his ground game by landing a takedown and taking the back of Alessio. Alessio did manage to get back to his feet and finish the fight strong, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.

Mark Bocek got the decision nod (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).

Main Card Results

Jon Jones def. Rashad Evans by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

Rory MacDonald def. Che Mills by TKO (punches). Round 2, 2:20

Ben Rothwell def. Brendan Schaub by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:10

Michael McDonald def. Miguel Torres by knockout (punches). Round 1, 3:18

Eddie Yagin def. Mark Hominick by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Mark Bocek def. John Alessio by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Preliminary Card Results

Travis Browne def. Chad Griggs by submission (arm-triangle choke) Round 1, 2:29

Matt Brown def. Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Anthony Njokuani def. John Makdessi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Mac Danzig def. Efrain Escudero by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Chris Clements def. Keith Wisniewski by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Marcus Brimage def. Maximo Blanco by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Photo: Jon Jones celebrates after his win at UFC 145 (Sherdog)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.