UFC on FOX 2 Results: 4 Reasons Rashad Evans Should Fight Jon Jones

Andrew BarrCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2012

UFC on FOX 2 Results: 4 Reasons Rashad Evans Should Fight Jon Jones

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    At UFC on FOX 2, Rashad Evans outclassed up-and-comer Phil Davis for five straight rounds, taking home a decisive decision victory.

    This is Rashad's fourth straight victory since losing the UFC light heavyweight championship to Lyoto Machida back in 2009, and it looks like he's finally in line for another crack at the gold.

    UFC President Dana White stated before the event that Evans would get the next title shot if he defeated Davis.

    Now, Rashad just needs to stay healthy and he'll get his long-awaited shot at Jon Jones.

    Here are four reasons why "Sugar" Rashad Evans deserves the next shot at Jon "Bones" Jones...

He's Earned It

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    Once a champion loses their belt, they should have to fight their way back towards it.

    Evans has done that.

    Since losing the belt, Rashad has gone 4-0, defeating Thiago Silva, Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz, and Phil Davis.

    This is an impressive string of victories and one worthy of a title shot.

It's Been Forever in the Making

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    Simply put, Evans deserves a shot at Jones because he's supposed to have fought him already...twice.

    The first time Jones and Evans were scheduled to fight, Jones pulled out with an injury, and the second time, Rashad pulled out with an injury.

    These two have been destined to meet for a long time now, but something always messes it up.

    Hopefully the stars have finally aligned for Rashad and he can have his shot without anything getting in the way.

It's a Marketable Fight

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    This fight couldn't have a much better story behind it.

    Evans and Jones used to train with each other; Evans the veteran and Jones the young prospect.

    Then, Evans was injured when scheduled to fight for the title, and Jones stepped in to take the title fight.

    Jones won the title and then the two men became enemies and Evans left the camp.

    Now, the former training partners and current enemies are set to lock horns and finally figure out who really is the better man.

    With the past that these two men have and their status in the sport, it will be an easy fight to sell.

There Are No Other Legitimate Title Challengers

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    Other than Rashad Evans, the UFC's light heavyweight division does not have a legitimate title challenger.

    The closest man after Evans is Dan Henderson, but Dan has only one win in the UFC since returning and did not look impressive enough in that one victory to merit a title shot.

    Other than that, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio Rua, Phil Davis and Forrest Griffin are all coming off losses.

    Evans is the only fighter that makes sense for Jon Jones right now.


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