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Jon Jones Says He’s Open to Fighting Machida or Rampage In the Interim if He Has to Wait for Bout With Rashad

(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMACanada)

When news got out last week that the hand injury that forced Jon Jones out of his planned UFC 133 meeting with disgruntled former teammate Rashad Evans did not require surgery, and that the UFC light heavyweight champ’s manager Malki Kawa intimated that his client was likely to fight another opponent before facing Rashad, our first thought was, “Damn, it looks like Bones is just doing whatever he can to screw Rashad out of his shot.”

But then we said, “Nah, it must just be a coincidence,” when we heard Jones say they consulted with three doctors before deciding to forgo surgery and that, not to worry, he will still face Rashad somewhere down the road.

Well, it’s looking like our first inclination may have been correct.

In the video above Jones, who once said he would fake an injury to get out of fighting a teammate, stated that there’s plenty of time for him to fight Rashad, but before the fight happens he may take a bout with Quinton Jackson or Lyoto Machida to keep active, which is curious since neither fighter necessarily deserves the a title shot at the moment.

Machida is 1-2 in his last three bouts and the win he did get was against Randy Couture, who retired following the bout. Rampage has fared slightly better in his recent bouts especially in his razor close decision win over Machida at UFC 123 in November, but a win over a UFC castaway like Keith Jardine and a middleweight like Wanderlei Silva doesn’t make you a contender. Moving on.

You may recall the furor that erupted last week when Kawa said that there wasn’t enough time for Jones to prepare to step in for his UFC 133 replacement Phil Davis to fight Rashad because he would need eight weeks for such an important camp. The day Kawa tweeted the message, was exactly eight weeks out from the bout. The problem is, Jones is still in a brace and although he was told by doctors that he didn’t require surgery for the injury, he was not given medical clearance to fight. There’s a big difference between the two.

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rogerw- May 17, 2011 at 3:34 am
Am I imagining things or does Jones look a little fat in the face in this video?
Gilly333- May 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm
Why does everyone think jones is unbeatable? He beat a ring rusted shogun look a like who was coming off an injury. Clearly not the same shogun we love to watch. No one else warranting the status he has now. Calling him unbeatable is like calling a shark fights champ unbeatable. Insane....board that hype train. I'm sure dana and jones decided to screw over evans like this...wouldn't surprise me.
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amsterdamheavy- May 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm
this stupidity is actually making me like Rashad, as unpleasant as that may be. I think danomite has it right; DICK MOVE....and this is at least the 2nd one. It was a dick move that started all of this drama with the "ya Ill fight him" comment after Rashad said "no, I wont fight my boy"-that made Sugar look like a bitch. Now, I dont think REashad really has a chance, but thats besides the point.
MonsterMaulingAss- May 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm
Anyone running around putting first in the comment section is a jackass
RwilsonR- May 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm
I don't understand why they can't just reschedule the fight against Rashad. Nobody wants to see any of the alternatives.
Trouser Snake- May 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm
Greg Jackson Plan : Laying low and hoping the whole thing ends before anybody gets hurt.
blackboxmma- May 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm
this feels like a greg jackson game plan
intercept440- May 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm
add up all the evidence ...JJ and rashad are both fuckwarts...its a simple solution, if he aint got enough time (I.E. 8 weeks) then fucking schedule it for UFC 134 instead of 133.. this fucking assclown wants to fight lyoto or rampage first??? ok that at the earliest would make it at least two more PPV's before he would fight rashad.. how fucking dumb is that..

^i think Jones would beat teh holy shit out of rashad.. but i gotta say at this point IMHO it looks like he is balking a bit kinda like he dont want to fight him
FrontKick Dentist- May 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm
Jones has twitter whore thumb.
SnackDaddy- May 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm
I don't think Jones is ducking Rashad. But it doesn't look good for him. I guess if Rampage wins against Hamil, there could be a case for him fighting Jones, but i'm afraid it'll be horribly one-sided, even more than Joves vs. Rashad.
Cranekick- May 16, 2011 at 11:47 am
ExpectJesusBro = crotch goblin
Mike Russell- May 16, 2011 at 11:35 am
Who said he's ducking anyone Hooligun?
Stak40- May 16, 2011 at 11:25 am
Gotta say this shit sounds a lil suspect.
Fried Taco- May 16, 2011 at 11:21 am
JJ is a Sugah Ducker.
danomite- May 16, 2011 at 11:19 am
Dick Move (dik moov) noun. - An action by one male to another male friend which violates understood social expectations, especially where the transgressor obtains a slight advantage in comparison with a relatively large inconvenience imposed upon the aggrieved party
ExpectJesusBro- May 16, 2011 at 11:18 am
cranekick = 1st... grader.
ExpectJesusBro- May 16, 2011 at 11:17 am
Hmmm... I can't say I'm completely convinced that this still isn't a farce...
hooligun- May 16, 2011 at 11:16 am
get fucking real, jones is not ducking evans! think about it ffs.
Cranekick- May 16, 2011 at 11:05 am