Rashad Evans will have a vast interest in this Saturday’s UFC 135 main event between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
That’s because Evans is the No. 1 contender to the UFC’s 205-pound title and will meet the winner of Jones-Jackson next.
“I think that Jon Jones uses his range and his speed to keep ‘Rampage’ off balance and, at the same time, using his ability to take ‘Rampage’ down to try to impose some of his will,” said Evans, who owns a win over Jackson, in an interview recently with MMA Interviews. “I think Jon tries to get it done, I think he does it standing up.”
Evans believes Jones will have trouble getting “Rampage” down to the mat despite his excellent wrestling skills.
“One thing I experienced with ‘Rampage,’ he has a very strong core. Jon may take him down if he uses his leverage and a lot of his judo, I think that’s probably how he’s going to get him down,” Evans said. “But if he just tries to shoot in on him, ‘Rampage’ may be pretty tough to take down off just a shot.”
This will be the first title defense for Jones since taking the crown from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earlier this year. Rua was suppose to defend the title against Evans, but “Suga” was injured and replaced by then-teammate Jones.
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