After shying away from the topic for months, both MMA fighters finally agree to put their friendship aside if Jones wins the UFC light-heavyweight belt on March 19.
Ever since the UFC announced Jon Jones would be facing Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at the UFC 128 fight event, MMA fans have been left wondering what would happen to Jon's teammate Rashad Evans. Evans was originally scheduled to meet up with the current champion Rua in the UFC 128 MMA fight event, but had to pull out from the fight due to an injury sustained while training. The UFC then awarded the slot to Jon Jones who will now face the champion, in what should be a truly entertaining MMA fight.
Initially, Many MMA fans thought the likely hood of Rashad Evans and Jon Jones ever fighting was pretty slim. Both fighters are really good friends, and the two Greg Jackson trained fighters seemed to have an agreement with one another.
Trevor Wittman, an assistant coach at Greg Jackson's academy, stirred up the pot once again with his comments on the two fighters meeting inside the octagon. Wittman felt Jones was out of line for accepting the fight, and advised Rashad to fight Jones for the light-heavyweight title.
On March 4, Jones finally indicated he would fight Evans if he absolutely had to. Rashad was quick to respond, announcing on ESPN's MMA live that he would fight Jones , if Jones really wanted the fight. With both men finally in agreement on the possibility of the fight, MMA fans might actually get to enjoy a Jones versus Evans fight sometime in the near future.
The fact that Jones is talking about his teammate two weeks before his light-heavyweight title fight against Mauricio Rua at the UFC 128 fight event, cannot be good for Jon's performance in the first title fight of his MMA career. The Greg Jackson team might be a little carried away with the possibility of having two of their MMA fighters meet in the octagon for the UFC light-heavyweight championship, and might not be spending enough time worrying about Rua. Rua has a wealth of experience against the very best MMA fighters in the world, and his team doesn't seem to be having the distractions that seem to be going on in the Jackson camp.
Sherdog.com," Coach Tells Evans He Should Be Willing to Fight Jones "
Nick Thomas," Rashad Evans Ready to Fight His Friend Jon Jones "