Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans ruined a relationship with the fighters at Jackson-Winkeljohn when he decided to split from the gym due to issues with Jon Jones.
Evans went on to face Jones, falling in his quest to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title.
Now, after hearing that UFC president Dana White is interested in pairing Evans with Vitor Belfort, “Suga” has no desires to ruin what he has built with the Blackzilians.
“I won’t fight Vitor,” said Evans, in an interview with ESPN. “I won’t fight Thiago Silva. I won’t fight Cezar ‘Mutante’ Ferreira; I won’t fight anybody who I train with. I made that mistake before.”
Evans departed from New Mexico after Jones took the opportunity to compete in his place for the belt. The two went on a verbal tirade before finally throwing down inside the Octagon.
“I lost a lot of relationships because I did that before,” said Evans, of fighting a teammate – whether current or former.
Evans snapped a two-fight losing skid by besting Dan Henderson earlier this year.