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Rashad Evans On Jon Jones Pulling Out Of Their First Fight: “He Was Afraid”

UFC light heavyweight No. 1 contender Rashad Evans appeared as a guest on Pro MMA Radio recently, and “Suga” had nothing nice to say about current UFC 205-pound champion Jon Jones.

The back story between these two has been told many times, as they were training partners under Greg Jackson before Jones took Evans’ spot against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, won the title and said he had no problems fighting his teammate.

Evans quickly backed up shop and left Jackson’s training center in New Mexico, and has been waiting for his chance to be the first to stop “Bones” ever since. He defeated Tito Ortiz in August to cement his status as the top contender.

The two were expected to have already met, but Jones pulled out of the planned fight due to a hand injury. After seeing several other medical specialists, it was revealed that he would not need surgery and could fight through the pain. Evans, though, had already taken another fight and the wait would have to continue before Evans-Jones could happen.

“Do you think Jon pulled out of the first fight because he was confident? No! He was afraid! Watch him try to pull out of this fight too! Watch him be like, ‘Oh! My foot’s hurt!’ or something like that,” Evans said, “so he can get out of this fight too. When it comes down to it, he doesn’t really want it.”

Jones is currently on medical suspension, but he can be cleared by a doctor. After his win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson this past weekend at UFC 135, Jones was seen with ice bags wrapped on his hand and both of his feet.

Evans, though, seems perfectly fine with waiting for Jones to heal all his bumps and bruises so he can meet him face-to-face inside the Octagon.

“Right now, this dude’s on cloud nine. He things he’s God’s gift to the fight game,” Evans said. “I think he’s gonna think that he can just walk right through me. He’s seen my style and he’s gonna think there’s nothing I can do. He’s gonna go out there and just try to embarrass me. He thinks it’s gonna be an easy fight, but he’s gonna find out different.”