There was a very short time span between when Jon Jones and Rashad Evans held that they would never fight each other to when they had agreed to face off for the title and seemed to have thrown their once seemingly ironclad friendship right out the window.
But that’s where we are now: with Jones making disparaging remarks concerning Evans’ performance in training and Evans shaking his head at “Bones’” frequent changes of heart. “Suga” appeared recently on Pro MMA Radio — the official radio show of FightLine.com — where he discussed at length the situation between himself, Jon Jones and their once-shared trainer Greg Jackson.
“I didn’t want (Jones) on the team and I didn’t feel comfortable with him on the team. Greg was really hard-headed about it. Greg said we’d never fight and we were brothers. I trusted Greg with my life so I finally said ‘to hell with it.’ I don’t want people to feel sorry for me,” said Rashad. “It wasn’t about him being on the team. What’s done is done. The thing that upsets me about Jon is how he threw me under the bus because he said he’d fight me after all that time we said we wouldn’t fight each other. It was a snake move and I don’t like snake moves. Be a man.”
And all that stuff about Jones beating Evans in training? It goes both ways, said “Suga.”
“(Jon Jones) gets beat in practice. He gets beat up just like anybody else, just like any other fighter,” he said. “I’d never take away his talent, but when it comes to acting with integrity… It pisses me off beyond belief. Jon is always trying to say the right things and be perceived a certain way. Just keep it real. Now I know what time it is. Now I know that you would fight me. You must have been thinking of this for a long time. You must have been keeping score, taking notes during training for a long time.
“When you see people’s true colors, what more do you need to see? I want real friends. I don’t want friends who are only circumstantial. I don’t need weak, fake friends.”
There hasn’t even been a date set for Evans and Jones’ eventual meeting, but things are already heating up quickly between the two. It will be interesting to see how much deeper the two dig at each other before they finally step in the cage.