Rashad Evans knocked out Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin en route to becoming light heavyweight champion in 2008. The former The Ultimate Fighter winner is quicker on his feet than just about any other 205-pound fighter in MMA, but it will be difficult for Evans to use that quickness against Jones.
With an 84.5-inch reach, Jones should have the ability to stay away from Evans' power. Even if Evans does work his way inside, Jones showed that he can take a punch in his most recent appearance against Lyoto Machida.
Don't expect this fight to be decided by the striking of either fighter. Instead, the fighter who is able to utilize their wrestling more effectively and force their opponent to work off of their back will most likely walk away with the victory.
Evans may have successfully used his wrestling to pick up four straight wins, including a victory over a former NCAA champion wrestler in Phil Davis, but Jones has not come anywhere near being taken down inside the Octagon against opponents like Ryan Bader, Vladimir Matyushenko and Matt Hamill.
If he employs the right game plan and avoids kicking the body of Evans, which could lead to a caught kick and takedown for the challenger, Jones should be able to back his opponent down and clinch against the fence, where he'll be able to use his size to throw or trip his smaller opponent to the canvas.