It’s finally happening.
The UFC confirmed today that Rashad Evans will challenge friend-turned-nemesis Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title in Atlanta on April 21 at UFC 145. A sore hand following Evans’ win over Phil Davis almost derailed it once again, but Rashad received medical clearance recently and the fight is set to go barring any injuries.
Evans commented on the impending grudge match at Yahoo! Sports.
“If I was fighting anybody for the belt at this point, there would be pressure, but there is added pressure in this situation because it’s Jon and our whole personal situation,” said Evans, who mentored Jones when both trained at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., until they had a bitter split last March.
“I’m very happy for what he’s done in this sport and what he’s accomplished for himself. He’s worked hard for it, but that’s where the respect and admiration stops. I don’t care for him too much as a person.”
“His age [is his biggest weakness],” Evans said. “Jon doesn’t know any better. Jon’s biggest weakness is Jon, which you all will see.”
Evans said the rift between him and Jones could have been avoided if Jones merely would have texted him to explain why he said he would fight him if Dana White wanted him to in a post-fight show last year, but he didn’t and we all know what happened after that. It’s too bad a friendship was ruined over it, but at least they’ll finally be able to settle the score in the cage and put it all behind him.