With his win over Tito Ortiz at UFC 133, Rashad Evans earned a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title. Jon Jones, a former friend and teammate of Evans', currently holds that title.
Jones is set to make his first UFC title defense on September 24, when he faces Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135.
Jones and Evans had once trained together at Jackson's MMA, but had an ugly and prolonged falling out earlier this year and the bad blood between the two resurfaced following UFC 133.
During the UFC 133 post-fight press conference, which was streamed live on UFC.tv, Evans was asked about two Twitter posts from Jon Jones that came after Evans' win over Ortiz. The tweets were:
Nice fight, I'll be ready :-)
@Flatlinemma same stuff
The second tweet was a response to a tweet that asked what Jones thought of Evans' performance.
Evans' response to the question was, "That's fine, I mean, if it's the same old stuff that's probably exactly why he didn't want to fight me the first time." In his answer, Evans was referring to the fact that Jones withdrew from a tentative bout between the two, a withdrawal that Jones stated was due to a lingering hand injury.
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Evans then continued, "Jon knows what happened when we trained and he knows if I'm focused and I'm strong and I'm healthy, then he knows he has a fight on his hands. Jon's a tough guy, Jon's the champion, but I know where Jon's weak at and he knows where I'm weak at, but we'll see who covers those weak areas up first."
Some time after the press conference, Jones was asked, via Twitter, if he missed Evans as a friend, and the inquiry brought the following response:
@saint5252 he was never my friend, he's a jealous snake.
It's very doubtful that this will be the last time these two exchange words before Jones meets Jackson in Denver, CO in September. It also would not be a surprise to see Jackson get involved in the trash talk, as he and Evans have a long running beef.
The next few months could prove to be some interesting times atop the UFC's light heavyweight division.