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.
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