Rashad Evans Says He Expects to Knock out Jon Jones at UFC 145

Mike HodgesCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2012

Courtesy of MMAWeekly.com
Courtesy of MMAWeekly.com

Rashad Evans will now look to settle the score with Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 145.

"Suga" earned the opportunity after scoring a unanimous decision victory over Phil Davis at UFC on FOX 2. 

While the oddsmakers favor Jones to retain the light heavyweight title, listing him as a 6:1 favorite, Evans isn't phased at all.

“I’m sure I’ll go into this fight and Jon Jones will be the big favorite, and the stage will be set for once again another surprise knockout,” Evans said.

Of course, Evans is referring to his last appearance at the Phillips Arena, in 2008. The 32-year-old Evans entered his bout against Chuck Liddell as a considerable underdog, but he shocked the world after he unseated the UFC Hall of Famer with a vicious knockout. This resulted in a title shot against then-UFC light heavyweight champion, Forrest Griffin.

Evans and Jones' history dates back to their time spent at Greg Jackson's MMA as training partners, making their upcoming title bout one of the more personal fights in recent memory.

While no official event has been announced, it is expected that Evans and Jones will headline UFC 145, scheduled for April 21 in Atlanta, Ga.

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