The drama surrounding Rashad Evans and Jon Jones is only getting thicker, as today Evans drew a line in the sand concerning a prospective match up with his younger teammate Jon Jones.
Jones recently stepped up to face UFC lightweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Evans’ stead after “Suga’s” knee was injured in training. Though things between the two remained the same initially, with Evans even vocally supporting his younger teammate’s title bid, the situation devolved as it became clear that Evans and Jones would be in the awkward position of having to fight each other if “Bones” wins the title.
Evans rescinded his offer to change weight classes at the urging of coach Trevor Wittman and was spurred on in making that decision by Jones’ declaration in an interview with Ariel Helwani that he would be willing to fight Evans if the UFC wanted that bout to happen. Evans has admitted feeling disrespected by Jones choices and words and recently said during an appearance on FightLine.com’s official radio show, Pro MMA Radio, that he is very much warming up to the idea of fighting Jones and that he would be leaving Greg Jackson’s camp permanently were the bout to go down (props to MMAMania for the transcription).
“I’m more open to fighting (Jon Jones) since everything went down. For my last camp when I got injured I went back to Albuquerque [to train with Greg Jackson] but I know I can go somewhere else to train. It may become more of a reality where I’m not using Greg at all. I’ve been playing around with the idea, thinking about where I’m gonna go and what I’m gonna do if this situation comes to a head. This situation is bigger than just me and Jon, it’s a team. Just like the 155’ers are gonna have to decide ‘Okay, you know what, now we gotta separate, we gotta go.’ I mean we got Melvin Guillard, Clay Guida, Donald Cerrone and Joe Stevenson all in the same weight class. If we gotta fight, then we gotta get away from each other. I just have to sit down and decide, ‘What’s it gonna be?’ because there’s never gonna be no going back. There’s no makin’ it better or going back to the team after it’s done. If [Jones and I] agree to fight, if we say we’re gonna fight, it’s over. I would divorce myself from Jacksons.”
This entire discussion could be rendered moot should “Shogun” retain his belt by defeating Jones, but that will not be decided until this weekend at UFC 128, where the Jones and Rua will meet to battle for the title. Check back at FightLine.com this weekend to check out our live, ongoing coverage of the fight and to see whether or not things are about to get markedly more awkward at the Jackson camp.