Jones vs. Evans Official for UFC 145 in Atlanta

February 6, 2012
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When Rashad Evans defeated Phil Davis at UFC on Fox 2 last week, he earned the right, once again, to challenge former teammate Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship.

The UFC had already announced that Jones’ next defense would come at UFC 145 in Atlanta on April 21.

The only thing standing in the way of Jones vs. Evans was Evans needing to gain medical clearance following his UFC on Fox 2 bout.

That has apparently happened as the UFC on Monday finally confirmed that Jones vs. Evans will headline UFC 145.

The two have been feuding since the time they were still teammates, early last year, when Jones stepped in to face then-UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 in New Jersey. Evans was initially slated to challenge Shogun, but had to drop out due to injury.

Jones stepping in and capturing the title lead to some hard feelings between the two.  The night that Jones won the belt, Evans announced his exodus from their camp with coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, N.M.

Evans has since formed the Blackzilians team in Florida and has been training their for his most recent fights.

The UFC has been trying to match Jones and Evans ever since their highly publicized fallout. After several false starts, barring incident, they will finally settle their differences in the Octagon.

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  • Towers66

    Rashad will sleep really nice that night in Atlanta. In a hospital.

    • TKD

      I love it!

  • Scotty B

    I hope by some miracle Evans can knock out Jon jones cocky arse to hell.

    • p3ezy

      when has jones shown he is cocky? or are you basing this totally on what rashad has said?

      • MikeMc1983

        I have no idea why he finds jones cocky, but a guy doesn’t have to scream he’s the greatest like Ali to come off cocky.

        Jones comes off incrediably arrogant to me as well. I don’t really always consider it a bad thing. I don’t wish him to lose, or win based on it. It’s just how he comes off. There are a few things he’s said that are quite over the top cocky that I’ve quoted on here in the past, but it’s late and I can’t recall at the moment. Lol I’ll get back when I recall though. Either way, you don’t need words to show someone’s cockiness. Sometimes they just are. Or just come off that way.

        • Lesnardo

          He is arrogant. But he is not annoyingly arrogant.

          I mean compare Jones to Rashad, Frank Mir, Tito Ortiz, Tim Sylvia..etc.

          I would say all of those guys are more arrogant than Jones.

          I mean..what is arrogance? Fedor was arrogant. He tried to act like a bigger man all the time. Silva is arrogant. Cro Cop was SUPER arrogant.

          But all those guys are loved by fans because they can back themselves up and don’t come off as delusional.

        • chrislovely

          Are u guys serious about Jones being Cocky. wow he has been very respectful to every one of hes opponets. You cant think of anything hes said. Really!! Every fighter is a little cocky. But just look at yourself in the mirror and say HATER!!!

      • fsunoles09

        i like jones but u can clearly tell he pretty arrogant

    • The only difference between cocky and confidence is the spelling.

    • lenaemmitt

      He is not cocky. They guy know his sport as well as others. At least he knew what his calling was and ran with it. I see Evans being a challenge for Jones, but I do not see him beating him.

  • angel31393

    “Evans has since formed the Blackzilians team in Florida and has been training their for his most recent fights.”

    Wrong “their”

    • Lesnardo


    • Lesnardo

      You are aware that even junior writers working at established publication houses can get fired for making that mistake.

      Internet MMA journalism never ceases to amaze me.

  • Mario

    I don’t have much to say regarding this, other than

    Jones will win.

  • I think its a real close match-up. Like 55% chance Jones will win.

    • Lesnardo


      More like 90/10. Only think Rashad could pray for is a bad night for Jones.

    • lenaemmitt

      I agree.

  • jamesstenbeck

    You can call this an egg-timer fight. It will be over within 3 minutes.

    And Rashad will never get over it afterwards, and will go on a meltdown that will dwarf the one at Chernobyl.

    I see Rashad as a journeyman within 18 months to 2 years, fighting on the kind of circuits Shonie Carter was fighting on just before he retired.

  • TKD

    Immediately after his mammoth beatdown, Retard Evans will be crying foul about something. He is in for a painful evening, and I hope Jones delivers big. Retard Evansd is going to look like the ass he really is when he tries to fight a guy out of his league.

    • lenaemmitt

      there is no need for the name calling. respect the man, I bet he can give you the business with one arm secured behind his back. All I can say is this is going to be a great fight.

  • ryanstewart

    I don’t see anyone but Dan Henderson beating Jones anytime soon.even That is a slim possibility.This kid is a beast. He’s so hard to defend cause you have no idea of what he’s going to throw at you.I don’t care for Rashad,I won’t diss him cause I’m sure I couldn’t walk in the cage and beat him,but I also see no way his glass jaw will survive too many spinning back fists and head kicks.Also for this fight he is not the better wrestler.Rashad will need a miracle,a bad night for Jones,a possible “Horse shoe” in a place none of would care to have a horseshoe,and a lightning bolt to strike Jones to possible win this fight. That’s all I can say at this point..

    • lenaemmitt

      very slim possibility. Dan Henderson? Really? Get out of here. The only way Jon Jones will get beat in this game is when he stop studying his next opponent. That is what he do. He studies them, learn them inside and out and use their own personal moves against them. In my opinion, the guy is a genius.

  • bajafox

    Now that the rest of the card was released I will most likely end up reading about it the next day, definitely not worth my money. I would have paid to see Hendo v. Jones

  • fsunoles09

    i like jones but 90/10 is a little much.evans is athletic enough where he wont be helpless at the end of jones punches and kicks and it aint like fighting people bigger then him is foreign ground, as im sure everybody knows evans did win the heavyweight tuf against a giant ass brad imes so im not sure jones length will play as big a factor as it has in jones past fights.but like i said i like jones to win

    • fsunoles09

      my b should of been than instead of then, fix my mistake before the grammar coppers get me

  • Last time I checked, you are suppose to be cocky. There is a difference in being cocky than arrogant. The “Character Police” kill me on here. Have any one of you spend time with Jon Jones? Have you been around him away from the media and cameras? How the hell do you know how this man is. You guys are ridiculous. The guy never talks trash about anyone. He’s always respectful and gives other their due. What’s he suppose to say, “Yeah I think Rashad will beat my ass.”

    To me, people that have issues with cocky people, have insecurity issues within themselves…