This is the one that we have all been waiting for. The trash talking began nearly one year ago and the rivalry hasn't died down in the least.
Jones is coming off of the best year in MMA history when he spent 2011 earning stoppage victories over Ryan Bader, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida. His tremendous reach, unorthodox striking, undeniable takedowns and superhuman strength have made him a puzzle that no man has yet to solve.
Rashad is a standout wrestler in his own right, and is too good for us to believe that he will not be capable of scoring a takedown. His hands have scored him knockouts and his ground and pound won him the light-heavyweight championship once before. In the standup department, Rashad should hold an advantage over Jones when it comes to speed, footwork and head movement.
The biggest wild card in this contest is the large amount of mat time that these two elite fighters share. As former training partners at Jackson's MMA, Rashad will know what to expect from Jonny Bones better than any of his previous opponents.
Odds: Sports International has Jones as high as a -769 favorite, though you can find him at -476 with Pinnacle. Evans can be found with a tempting +472 at SportBet. There is major risk associated with betting against Rashad, especially at these odds. Bet Jones for the Parlay, but don't do anything big with a solo bet.
Prediction: Jones defeats Evans via TKO in the fourth round