Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans: Pros Pick the Winner of the UFC 145 Bout

First LastCorrespondent IApril 12, 2012

With one of the most anticipated fights of the year just a little more than a week away, everyone is starting to feel the anticipation for Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans, which will go down on pay-per-view Saturday, April 21.

The former teammates have been waiting more than a year to fight each other, but the rivalry got a lot more intense after UFC light heavyweight champion Jones defended his title against Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida. The victory that earned him the title made him the youngest champion in UFC history.

Evans has fought four times since losing his title to Machida in 2009, and he has claimed wins over Thiago Silva, Jackson, Phil Davis and Tito Ortiz. His latest bout in January saw him win a dominant, five-round decision against Davis.

This video from gives fans the chance to hear some of the UFC's best fighters offer their thoughts on the upcoming bout.

"What I'm thinking is it all depends on who comes out to fight that night," said UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. "Rashad knows Jones' style for the most part, but Jones is hard to beat right now. That dude has tunnel vision. He's focused. He's on a roll. He's got a streak, and I also think he knows Rashad's style, so as long as Jones can keep the fight at his range, I see Jones coming out on top."

"I like Jones, I like Evans, but I'm gonna bet on the underdog," said Brandon Vera, who lost to Jones before he became champion. "I'm betting on Rashad, but it's Jones, I hope you keep that belt."

The pay-per-view event will go down at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. Other bouts on the card include Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills, Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell, Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Torres, Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin and Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio.