UFC: Was Rashad Evans Right About Jon Jones?

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  Mixed martial artist Jon Jones arrives at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort December 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Michael EvansCorrespondent IIIMay 20, 2011

Jon Jones and Rashad Evans have been exchanging verbal blows for months now. The trash talk started when Jones beat “Shogun” Rua to become the UFC light heavyweight champion in March and they have not simmered down one bit.

Sugar and Bones both used to train at Greg Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rashad had been a part of the Jackson team for years and, after it was made known that he would face Jones next, Evans decided to leave the gym.

Rashad seemed to be dealing with the fact that the coaches had taken a great liking to Jon and he seemed to grow jealous to the point of being downright obsessed with it.

A subsequent match was set for the fall, but it fell apart when Jones said that he had to pull out of the fight due to a torn ligament in his hand. Rashad then came up with the theory that Jones was ducking him. The verbal battles continued in interviews, on twitter and online.

Rashad’s theory seemed to be a bit far-fetched. That was, until recently. He signed to fight Phil Davis at UFC 133 in Philadelphia and it was mere days later that Jon Jones revealed that he would forgo surgery and that he intends to fight this fall despite the injury. Evans is now even more convinced that Jones is avoiding fighting him for some reason. So, I ask you—is Jon Jones ducking Rashad Evans?

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