The stage is finally set for Jon “Bones” Jones and former teammate Rashad Evans to settle their long standing grudge at UFC 145 in Atlanta.
With the fight all but official, the first odds have been released and as expected the incumbent champion comes in as a huge favorite.
Jones opened as a -625 favorite with the comeback on Evans at +425, according to Nick Kalikas from BetonFighting.com.
While not shocking, Evans, who is a former champion that also trained alongside Jones for quite some time, seems fairly underrated as such a huge underdog in the fight.
Evans isn’t worried about it however.
The last time he was in Atlanta for a fight was UFC 88 in 2008. He entered his fight with UFC legend Chuck Liddell as a considerable underdog as well.
The result was a show-stopping overhand right that floored Liddell; Evans winning by knockout. He’s predicting a similar outcome at UFC 145.
“I’m sure I’ll go into this fight and Jon Jones will be the big favorite, and the stage will be set for once again another surprise knockout,” Evans said.
Assuming Evans’ health checks out as expected, the UFC could make the fight between the two fighters official any time in the coming days.