MacDonald keeps tight on his chest to avoid damage and possibly recover. MacDonald scores with hard elbows, stands, dodges an upkick and crashes back down. He busts through Mills’ guard and into side control, where he lands right hands to the now-bloodied face of Mills. MacDonald traps Mills’ left arm between his legs and leans across to straighten out the right. He get in a half-dozen good punches until Mills frees his limbs and tries to wrap him from the bottom. MacDonald is all over Mills as he takes mount, then secures back mount and smashes away with punches. Mount again for MacDonald, more punches, then back control again. A choke finish looks imminent but MacDonald runs out of time.
MacDonald ducks under a straight punch from Mills and spins him to the ground with a single-leg. It’s side-control for MacDonald on Mills’ left side as the young Canadian looks to secure another crucifix. Instead, MacDonald moves to a high full mount, then assumes Mills’ back when the Englishman gives it up. MacDonald has both hooks in as he drills Mills with elbows, raising a hand to threaten a punch but not unloading. Seconds later, MacDonald does unload from mount, and the barrage has Mills crumbling. Mills goes belly-down and covers up, clearly done with the fight, and referee Mario Yamasaki intervenes. Rory MacDonald gets the TKO win at 2:20 of the second round.
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans
Herb Dean is the third man in the cage for tonight’s main event, with judges Richard Bertrand, Derek Cleary and Chris Lee scoring at cageside. The champion Jones is greeted with boos from the crowd when he enters and gets more as he’s introduced. Jones puts his gloves up to touch and Evans obliges after a pause. Both men crouch in their corners before the bell but stand up to begin the bout. Jones lunges in and slips, but stands right back up. He throws a front kick at Evans’ knee, goes up high, then to the body. Evans looks to tie up and takes a knee to the body. Jones throws a front kick to the body and slaps Evan’s face with a left high kick. Jones fakes a shot, misses with another head kick. Evans feints as he dodges more head kicks from the champ. Evans hits an outside thigh kick and Jones throws a side-kick to the leg, then a leaping kick to the body. Jones tries to come over the top with a right, lands a left to the breadbasket. Evans connects with a head kick with only 30 seconds left in the round and throws a cluster of punches behind it. Jones backs up momentarily but finishes the round moving forward on the challenger.
Jones comes in to clinch and Evans gives him some knees up the middle. They break off and Jones goes to outside leg kicks while Evans sticks his jab. Evans comes over the top with a right behind one of the jabs but Jones isn’t fazed. Jones throws a right kick that misses straight up the middle and Evans dodges the lunging punches that follow. Evans tries to wrap Jones up after a kick but can’t hang on. Both men sticking their jabs now midway through the round and Evans digs one to the body. Jones connects with an elbow in close quarters and walks Evans toward the fence. Another short elbow, and another has Evans dazed. Evans wobbles but stays up and gets bullied into the fence by Jones, who drills knees to Evans’ legs before breaking off. Head kick misses for Jones and Evans goes back to punching the body. The fighters are locking hands as they move along the outside, and that’s when Jones is leaning in with the hard elbows. Jones goes for a flying knee, gets inside and slugs Evans with a big left hook just before the end of the round.
Jones misses a high kick and Evans backs him off with a double jab. Right hook scores for Evans, backing Jones away, but the champ jumps back at him with a superman punch. Good inside leg kick from Evans and both men miss with big overhand rights. Jones slaps Evans on the face with a left high kick but Evans doesn’t show it. Evans narrowly avoids a front kick to the face as Jones walks him toward the fence again. Now Evans gets away from the cage, pops Jones with a jab and throws a leg kick inside. Jones leaps in with a knee and connects with an elbow behind it. He’s got Evans’ back to the cage again and gets him with another flying knee, but Evans strikes back with a right hand and gets out of the bad spot. Evans gets inside to land punches for a moment, but Jones quickly shows him out with his longer strikes. Evans telegraphs a double-leg with 50 seconds left and gets stuffed by Jones. As the round winds down, Evans slugs Jones in the body and Jones misses with a spinning kick.
Jones keeps Evans at the end of his jab for the first minute of the fourth period, with Evans throwing little and landing less. Evans wants to clinch and Jones turns him away. Jones catches an outside leg kick and slugs Evans with a straight right. Switch kick from Jones, then a left hook. Evans rips a right hand to the champ’s body, his first significant offense of the round at the midway point. Jones kicks to the outside thigh, snaps off a jab and keeps walking down, now leaping at Evans. He grabs Evans in a front headlock when Evans shoots, and punishes him with an elbow as they break. They clinch up again and Jones drives hard knees up the middle before leaping to drive his shoulder into Evans’ face. Jones shoots just before the horn and is sprawled on.
Jab from Jones to open. Evans looks quick with his hands, as well. Perhaps the fifth will be better than the fourth. Right hands exchanged. Jones is in complete control. Evans circling on he outside, but he hasn't seemed to figure out the "Bones" riddle either. Straight punches for Jones. Evans looking for power shots. Jones wags his chin a little. Leaping knee misses, but they move into the clinch. Halfway mark. Crowd wants the pace to pick up... (Continues on next page)