While the date has not been set just yet for the light heavyweight showdown between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans, the odds have just been released for the next title fight in the UFC at 205lbs.
According to Kalikas, Jones opens as a heavy favorite at -475 while Rashad Evans comes back as the betting underdog at +325.
“Rashad Evans is without a doubt one of the top light heavyweights in the world. He has all the tools to make this an interesting fight for Jones. Regardless of how much respect I have for Rashad, I still had to open Jones the heavy favorite,” Kalikas said.
“No hiding the public hype around Jones. I think most feel Jones will clean out the light heavyweight division comparable to what Anderson Silva & GSP have done the last few years. Based on what we’ve seen recently, I can’t really argue. We could actually see the line climb even higher.”
Evans has been waiting for his shot at the light heavyweight title for some time now, but he’ll finally get his chance as soon as Jones is healthy again and the UFC can schedule the fight.
Jones and Evans were of course former friends and training partners out of Greg Jackson’s camp in New Mexico before Evans left and now formed a new team in Florida.
Jones is fresh off of his submission victory over former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson last weekend at UFC 135.
Whether the odds are close together or far apart, there’s no denying that when Jones and Evans meet it will be an emotionally fueled contest setting a score between former friends, now bitter enemies.