Dana White Giving Jon Jones Some Time Off, Rashad Evans Afraid Jones Will Pull Out Again

Jon Jones was seen limping around backstage after handily defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135. Jones claimed he only had sore shins, but of course some skeptics wondered if it was something worse.

Well, according to Dana White, it wasn’t. He told MMA Junkie over the weekend that he spoke to Jones and the only thing bothering him now is a sore calf. That doesn’t mean Jones will be back in the cage right away though. Dana also said he’s going to give him and Rashad Evans some time off before they finally settle their beef.

“He’s good,” White, who recently met with the 24-year-old champ, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “He’s 100 percent. I talked to him [on Saturday], and he said he feels great. The only thing that’s sore on him is his calf. It’s a little sore.”

“I’d like to give these guys time to rest and give them a little break, so we’ll see what happens,” White said.

If you ask Rashad Evans about it though, he isn’t quite as confident the fight is going to happen. In an interview with Pro MMA Radio last week, Evans voiced concern that Jones is going to pull out of their fight again. Transcription via MMA Mania:

“I just want to fight this dude bad. Jon knows what I can do to him. Do you think that Jon pulled out of the first fight because he was confident? No! He was afraid, and watch him try to pull out of this fight too. Watch him be like ‘Oh my foot is hurt’ or something like that to try and get out of this fight to try and make me fight somebody else. When it comes down to it, the kid, he doesn’t want it.”

Well, if it does happen, it doesn’t look like it’s going to until next year. Hopefully, it’s worth the wait.

Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

  • sam_snee

    i dont know why jones would duck rashad, even if he is scared, his cocky personality would show false confidence. But if he delays this, it seems like he’s ducking him alright

    • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

      He did it before when they announced the fight right after Jones won the title,he said his hand was hurt rashad had to take another fight cause he thought Jones would be out for a while then like 2 weeks later they announced Jones vs rampag,that seems like a duck to to me

  • sam_snee

    i dont know why jones would duck rashad, even if he is scared, his cocky personality would show false confidence. But if he delays this, it seems like he’s ducking him alright

  • sandman

    Rashad is full of himself. Jones has taken all comers and conquered all of them. Rashad will be no different….

  • Awwaters

    It does seem that Jones is a little hesitant to fight Rashad. Im not a Rashad fan nor do I think he is a better fighter, but he does have the inside track on Jones and probably knows some weakness. Im taking Jones by TKO though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jfinstad1 Justin Finstad

    I think Jones ducked Rashad becuase he missed the coahing and mentorship of Greg Jackson. By putting the fight off 6 months Jones is giving Greg Jackson time to distance himself from Evans in the hopes that he will help train and corner jones

    • Mr Kitty

      hmmm . . . you may be onto something.

      • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

        Nah Jones is just scared

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