The UFC will have no problems putting together a spine-tingling promo for the Jon Jones-Rashad Evans fight whenever it is scheduled, as the two have went from friends and training partners to bitter enemies in a short time.
The story has been told many times, as Evans felt disrespected that Jones stepped in and took his title shot against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jones went on to say he would have no problems fighting a teammate, and Evans left Greg Jackson’s camp.
Evans grew up with Jackson after his stint on The Ultimate Fighter to becoming the UFC light heavyweight champion. So, would he ever change his mind and return to New Mexico to work with the trainer?
“No, I don’t think I’m ever going to train back at the Jackson camp,” said Evans, in an interview with MMAWeekly.com recently. “I will go back to Albuquerque at Mean 1, at Keith (Jardine’s) gym, but the things at Jackson’s camp, they’re just different now. It’s not the same no more.”
The problems at Jackson MMA began once the trainer brought in Jones, just a prospect at the time. “Suga” feels Jackson should have known that issues would eventually come to the forefront by working to build Jones into a contender, while also trying to get Evans back the light heavyweight title at the same time.
“It’s beyond a blame. Greg knew what he was doing, what was up with it and when he brought him into camp, and that’s why I don’t have too much to say to Greg anymore,” Evans said. “Because it’s like you know I told you about this before it even happened and you sat up there and said, ‘If you can’t trust your friends, who can you trust,’ but then when it goes down you want to wash your hands and walk away and so, ‘Oh, I had nothing to do with this,’ but you brought it to make it happen. So I don’t like that, and I don’t respect that.”
Evans stepped inside the cage this past weekend for a face-to-face with Jones after “Bones” defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to successfully defend his 205-pound title. Neither really made much of an effort to actually look the other in the eyes, as Jones claimed he wouldn’t do much talking before the fight.