Rashad Evans will no doubt be watching tonight’s UFC light heavyweight championship fight very closely, as UFC president Dana White recently told the crew at ESPN’s MMA Live that “Suga” would be the first man to challenge the winner.
Originally scheduled to face champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua tonight, Evans was forced out of the bout after suffering a knee injury in practice and was subsequently replaced by his younger teammate Jon Jones. Tensions have grown between the two as a result of the now increased likelihood that they will have to fight one another – an idea to which they once stood staunchly opposed.
Despite the difficult situation this outcome would present, Evans recently told White during a brief appearance on the boss’ recent video blog that he believes Jonny “Bones” will be crowned the new 205lbs. champ when the dust settles this evening.
“It’s gonna be tough. It’s gonna be a lot tougher than I originally said but I’m going to stick with ‘Bones’ on this one,” Evans said. “I think he’s going to finish him in the second round. (He’s going to) catch him with a knee and finish him with ground-n-pound.”
To see whether or not Evans’ predictions come true, check back on FightLine.com this evening for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.