Rashad Evans had his back against the wall.
After a bromance gone bad with current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Evans would leave Jackson's training camp.
It was later announced that Jackson would corner Jones as many believed he had turned his back on long time friend and former champion Evans.
Evans entered the Octagon at UFC 145 to take on his former friend in one of the most anticipated main events in recent history.
Unfortunately for "Suga," things didn't go as expected.
It was Jones who controlled the pace of the fight early and often, as he kept the much shorter Evans on the outside allowing him to unleash his vicious strikes, kicks, and elbows.
It appeared as if Evans had no answer early, as Jones would control the majority of the opening frames as action entered the championship rounds.
Nothing changed in the fourth and fifth round as it was Jones who would eventually leave Atlanta, Georgia, with the title still wrapped around his waist.
However, despite the loss, Evans remains one of the best fighters not only in the 205-pound weight class but in the world.
It was the first time since January of 2009 that Jones found himself awaiting the judge's scorecards.
Evans also proved he still has the conditioning skills to stand with Jones for an overwhelming and grueling 25 minutes.
While Evans still managed to come up short when it mattered, he failed to establish a game plan, which consisted of wrestling and takedowns.
In fact, the number of times Evans shot for the takedown could have been counted on one hand.
Instead, Evans chose to stand and exchange with a much lengthier Jones.
Nonetheless, Evans remains one of the best fighters in the world, and it won't be long until he returns to challenge Jones for his title.
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