Jon Jones and Rashad Evans were once close friends and training partners at Greg Jackson's camp. There was once a time when Jones would describe Evans as a big brother figure that he'd stand by at all times.
Enter the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Evans was scheduled to face "Shogun" Rua for the title at UFC 128. When Evans was forced to withdraw from the card due to an injury, the opportunity to face "Shogun" was handed to Jones.
Evans was adamant that he would never fight Jones:
When he joined the team, he joined the team on the premise that he wouldn't fight none of us because that's… with Greg Jackson, that's one of his policies. Greg brought him on the team and he said he was like, you know what? Jon's on this team, he'll be a good addition to the team. He's got a good style and he's an up and coming kid and he'll never fight you or never challenge you or nothing like that.
At a pre-fight press conference, Jones snapped and let the world know about his feelings for Evans: "I absolutely hate when people mention Rashad Evans, especially throughout this training camp… for people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now… I think it's ludicrous. Rashad is not in my mind, he's not in my being, he has absolutely zero to do with my heart and who I am right now."
Jones continued, "This guy has nothing to do with Shogun and from here on out, I don't think I'll answer a question about Rashad. I have a lot of people outside of Rashad who I can draw energy and power from and they'll all be with me."
Jones won the title at UFC 128, and Evans faced the possibility of fighting his friend, an idea that he did not warm to. Yet.
Evans then left his long-time trainer, Greg Jackson, to form a new camp, and the feud between Jones and Evans had begun.
The two have traded insults in interviews and on Twitter, and the verbal tirade continues to this day.
Jones has remained relatively quite, (compared to Evans) but Evans has attacked Jones left, right and center with insults and taunts.
These two could potentially meet in the octagon if Jones is to get past "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135.