Although the UFC has committed to Jon Jones-Glover Teixeira next, if you thought Alexander Gustafsson beat the champion at UFC 165, you weren’t alone. Sure, there were lots of fans and pundits, including all three judges, who believe Jones defended his title on September 21st, but since it was such a competitive war, not everyone agrees with the decision.
Case in point is former champ Rashad Evans, who in a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine, relayed the following about the thrilling fight:
“I thought Gustafsson won. It was a great fight but I thought he did more than Jones. And he surprised Jones; that’s the worst thing that can happen in a fight, when you didn’t expect a guy to be as tough as he is. Jones experienced that and had a hard time adjusting to it.”
That’s an interesting perspective, and certainly Evans isn’t the only one to voice it. Of course, Evans fought his former teammate before in April, 2012, and Jones ended his four fight win streak with a UD win. So, as Evans continue to prepare for his upcoming UFC 167 tilt with Chael Sonnen, the former champ concedes he’s hoping to work his way back into a rematch with the light-heavyweight king.
“I hit a bit of a slump losing two fights in a row, so now I am getting back on track with my win against Dan Henderson. I want to get back in the race, I want to get another fight with Jon Jones, he’s at the top right now and I want to work my way back up there and get another chance to fight him.”
Of course, not only is Teixeira next for Jones, but depending on what goes down in the coming months, Jones-Gustafsson II will also get booked. But if Evans can defeat Sonnen, and another top contender or two after that, he’ll be knocking on the title shot door.
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