("I just want y’all to know that this shit is not awkward whatsoever.")
Rashad Evans‘s unexpected knee injury may be a career-altering nightmare scenario, but the former light-heavyweight champion is doing his best to put on a brave public face. After the bad news was dropped at UFC 126, Sugar posted the following on RashadEvans.tv:
"Hey my ppl! Last night most of u heard the news. If not here is the latest. I have 2 pull out of my Shogun fight because of injury. I severely sprained my MCL in practice. While in practice I got blindsided by another group of partners right into the side of my knee like football lineman style.. Since I’m hurt my teammate young phenom Bones Jones is gonna step in 4 me! I’m gonna recover & then see what happens next 4 me! Thank all u 4 the encouragement! I love my supports & my haters! Go get that belt brudda Jones!"
Shame on you, "another group of partners." You’re really going to chop-block your friend a month before his title fight? Am I really supposed to believe that those guys weren’t hired by Jon Jones to get Rashad out of the way, Kerrigan/Harding-style? (Please, bro. Follow the money.) Here’s hoping Evans can make a quick recovery so he can…I don’t know, fight Quinton Jackson again or something.
In a related story, Jon Jones is currently a solid -180 betting favorite over Mauricio Rua, despite the fact that he only has six weeks to prepare for the fight of his life. And actually, that sounds about right to us. If you think Jones’s freakish reach, athleticism, and improvisational brilliance will win the day against the far more seasoned Shogun, then jump on those odds now, because the line is inflating fast…