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Rashad Evans Ain’t No Punk, Would Fight Jon Jones After All

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(Besides, who needs Jon Jones when you have Ice-T and Coco?)

You can probably go into any MMA camp in the world and find two guys who would never fight each other under any circumstances — and in most cases, it’s because they’re not being offered a title fight against each other in the UFC. But what happens when personal principles smash head-on into cold reality? This whole Jon Jones/Rashad Evans situation is giving us a revealing glimpse at just that.

When Jones was granted a light-heavyweight title shot to fill in for an injured Evans at UFC 128, Evans played the BFF card, saying he’d change weight divisions if he needed to, in order to avoid fighting his friend. Trevor Wittman was like, “dude, no.” And then, Jon Jones — the hungry, eager-to-please contender that he is — casually mentioned during a UFC on Versus 3 interview that he’d fight Evans if that’s absolutely what Dana White wanted. This, of course, puts Rashad in a rather weird spot.

Check out what Sugar had to say about the matter on “MMA Live”:

In one fell swoop, Rashad went from one-half of an unshakable bromance to the only party holding up a potential title fight. It has to be a little embarrassing for him, actually. Imagine you’re dating this chick, and you’re so into her that you tell the world “I would gain or lose a considerable amount of weight to keep her happy,” and then you overhear the girl tell her friends “Oh him? I guess he’s okay, but I suppose I’d try to do physical harm to him if it’s what my boss wanted and I got paid for it.”

I know, it’s a very abstract metaphor, but you get the general idea. Rashad’s relationship with his protege Jones isn’t what he thought it was. Or maybe, Jones’s desire to reach his goals in the sport are just his top priority when he’s forced to actually make a choice, which certainly doesn’t make him a bad person. One thing’s for sure — an already-awkward situation is getting more awkward by the day. I wonder if Jones vs. Evans will be marketed as a “grudge match” by the time the fight’s actually put together…

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FreeLeeMurray- March 11, 2011 at 8:05 am
Evans said he didn't want to fight Jon Jones "because they're friends", not because they're that great of friends, but because Jon Jones spanks him in the gym. He was basically saying "I'd rather change weight classes than get my ass kicked by Jones for real." And he would have stuck to that if Jon Jones didn't force him to man up and potentially take the beating that he'd inevitably get. Shogun will shake the unshakeable man though. He can expose weaknesses in Jones' crazy style cause he's a high-level striker with great footwork. He doesn't stand in one spot like Ryan Bader and try to box with you, he works angles and has savage leg kicks to slow a guy like Jones down. Don't get me wrong, Jones is a beast, but he's not ready yet.
Bootylam- March 9, 2011 at 10:07 am
These "won't fight friend/training partner" guys are so stupid it bothers me. Is it a team sport? You get paid for NOT fighting? You don't have to hurt the guy, just fight to win.When it comes down to it you gotta fight who's there. Coco is fine than a muthafucka, u c those pix of her on the catwalk?
Kimbos Bread- March 8, 2011 at 12:45 am
Yo ICE-T, the mattress called.... wants the pillows back.
RaginAsian- March 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm
If it happens Rashad should take the fight. I mean he's already got the perfect excuse for when he gets embarrassed. "It just didn't feel right fighting my teammate."
razzle469- March 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm
Is Rashads left rib touching coco's right boob?

Where is true investigative journalism when you need it?!
OPIO- March 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm
...correction, "shoo-in"...
OPIO- March 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm
Let him get through Rua first. Dunno why people are talking as if Jones is a shoe in...
GistoftheFist- March 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm
Evans shows off his Realdoll to Ice T.
mothercruncher- March 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm
A Twitter fight is only moments away...
Tai-Pan- March 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm
I thought Ice-T was black? Guess not.
Joe-Say Aldo- March 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm
It's crazy how most people just discount Shogun and don't even consider the very real possibility the he could very well knock Jones the fuck out. He HAS been known to do that to people.
LOKI- March 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm
Like a terribly disease ridden Oreo.
RwilsonR- March 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm
I think Smitty is right about Jones. He will fight Jesus if that is absolutely what Dana White wants.
DesolationUSA- March 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Rofl, sure he says he would....but come time to actually do it we all know he'd just fake another injury and duck him.
Dick Renegade- March 7, 2011 at 11:51 am
Who doesn't miss the simpler days of just showering together? I mean, come on...
ccman- March 7, 2011 at 11:39 am
I think jones showed his true colors (not racist fuckers) again and put evans in a spot. I also think evans misses the simpler days of just showering together.
Fried Taco- March 7, 2011 at 11:32 am
Jon Jones: "I'd fight Rashad, no problem. I've studied every video footage of him, whether fighting or just talking, and I feel I can take him. I follow him on Twitter, and I've watched him closely in the showers. He doesn't have anything I can't handle and give back to him twice as strong. Sure, I love him like a brrrrroooo, but if he's standing between me and my dreams, he's going down [on me]."
El Guapo- March 7, 2011 at 11:24 am
Yo Karma, if you break the 500 hundo mark buy a shitload of Coca calendars for the homies, playa!
MediocreThreat- March 7, 2011 at 11:23 am
Evans is a punk
El Guapo- March 7, 2011 at 11:13 am
Dana don't take no for no answer from nobody, no'msayn?
J-Dog- March 7, 2011 at 11:13 am
Evans has tiger blood.. WINNING!
GILL-uh-TEEN- March 7, 2011 at 11:12 am
Besides the logistics of how to train for each other, I think they should fight if it makes sense. Salesmen often compete against each other in the same company, with the same training background. I know it's not exactly the same, but work is work.

I would fight Karma tomorrow if BG said it was absolutely necessary.
NinjaVanish- March 7, 2011 at 11:08 am
Is that DMX in the background of that picture?
Spicymeatball- March 7, 2011 at 11:04 am
Smitty um yeah Jones would never fight Jesus. After all Jesus and his dad have done for Bones Jones they have been so good to him. He's thinking Jesus Bro, everyday.
Smitty- March 7, 2011 at 10:59 am
"an" alien. Fuck this no edit shit!!!