In one of the most anticipated championship fights in UFC history, Jon Jones (kicking) defended his light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Rashad Evans at UFC 145 in Atlanta. Jones called the win over his former training partner "the most satisfying win of his career."
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Jones and Evans spent most of the fight on their feet, but the judges comfortably ruled in Jones' favor, 50-45, 49-46, 49-46.
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Both fighters chose to battle Saturday at a distance, but Jones used his reach advantage to score repeatedly.
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Jones also set Evans up for some of his vicious trademark elbows to the face.
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Jones attempted a number of spinning moves, including this kick. He also landed several blows with his knees and elbows.
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Takedowns were rare in the bout, but Jones pulled one off in the final minute, seemingly to prove a point that he could.
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At 32 years old, Evans spotted Jones eight years and was visibly fatigued midway through the fight.
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The championship fight didn't have the type of fireworks fans were expecting, but several sequences did provide enough action that brought the sold-out Philips Arena crowd to its feet.
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Jones celebrated the victory over his former training partner in the octagon and will now face UFC legend Dan Henderson in his next title defense.
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While Jones won the fight, Evans held his own and took advantage of opportunities when they presented themselves.
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After the fight, Evans admitted he might have played the "wrong game," often eating Jones' "sneaky elbows" after landing a combination.
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Jones ultimately proved to be the superior fighter, improving to 16-1 after his third successful title defense.
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