Light heavyweight contender Jon Jones, whom many have declared is the uncrowned heir to the 205-pound throne, may have won the hearts of the MMA community but he isn’t winning any points with UFC president Dana White by telling ESPN UK that he is unwilling to fight teammate and current number one light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans. Props to Fighters Only for the find.
“Absolutely not,” “Bones” said of fighting Evans. “If Rashad Evans won the belt, which I’m hoping he does, my only goal would be to be the toughest contender there is, and keep whipping butt without being champion. I’d stay at 205 and be the second best. That would be my goal. As I said, I’m hoping he wins, we’re very proud of him. I couldn’t do it, he’s my mate.”
In order to avoid the problem of having to face a teammate, many have suggested Jones eventually move up to the heavyweight division; something Jones has expressed interest in himself. However, the young Greg Jackson protege doesn’t see that move coming anytime soon as he believes he still has business at 205-pounds.
“All my dreams and aspirations are in the light-heavyweight division, and I’m growing and getting older, but I have quite some time left in the light-heavyweight division,” said Jones. “I have a good work ethic because of the wrestling, cutting weight comes easily to me, so I’ll wait until weight-cutting becomes miserable before I step up.”
While maintaining a strong team dynamic is respectable, the praise that UFC president Dana White recently heaped on Carlos Condit for expressing his willingness to fight teammate Georges St. Pierre would seem to indicate that it may not be the best strategy to curry favor with the company boss.