UFC light heavyweight champ Jonny “Bones” Jones was widely presumed to be making his first title defense against former-teammate-turned-rival Rashad Evans, but will instead be taking on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson this September at UFC 135.
After waiting out over a year to face “Shogun” Rua for the title he once held, only to lose his shot for suffering a knee injury in training, Evans is on deck to face another rising young gun in Phil Davis at UFC 133 early this August.
Speaking with CSN Washington recently, Jones said that it didn’t have to be that way and that Evans could be facing him for the belt this fall.
“Rashad could’ve been fightin’ me, but he was impatient,” said Jones. “He decided to take a [non-title] fight against Phil Davis instead of waiting. [He] should’ve been patient and he would’a been fightin’ me soon, but things happen. He lost his #1 contendership, but that’s something that he decided to do. So it’s whatever.”
Jones doesn’t think that Evans is out of the running though, as he told CSN Washington that he sees “Suga” making it past Davis next month and holding his position as a top contender.
“I met Phil Davis. I think he’s a great guy. I think he’s great for the sport. But I also think he doesn’t like to get hit. I think Rashad Evans’ experience might get him through this fight, but I think its gonna be a good fight. If Rashad takes him lightly, you never know what can happen. If Phil Davis makes it a wrestling match, I think his odds will be a little stronger. I’m not rooting for anyone. I think their both fair individuals. Phil’s a good guy, but if I had to put my money on it I would go with Rashad Evans. Definitely.”