Tito Ortiz says he knows who the main event for UFC 140 is and that it’s an exciting one; MMAFighting.com today reported that the Huntington Beach Bad Boy is justifiably worked up as the match-up will likely be the UFC light heavyweight grudge match between champion Jon Jones and former training partner Rashad Evans.
Currently, neither the UFC nor representatives of either man have openly stated that the fight is a go.
24-year-old Jonny “Bones” Jones just defended the UFC light heavyweight title for the first time, trouncing former champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson along the way. The current toast of the MMA world, Jones initially won the belt by defeating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in equally dominant fashion in a fight which he took on late notice to replace an injured Rashad Evans. After saying publicly that he would be willing to fight Evans for the title, a feud was born. Evans left his longtime coach Greg Jackson and the two fighters have traded barbs back and forth since, generating a ton of hype for a grudge match.
After losing the title to Lyoto Machida via emphatic knockout, Rashad Evans has gone on a three-fight winning streak, defeating Thiago Silva, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and, most recently, a surging Tito Ortiz. Jones’ elder by eight years, Evans believes that he has the younger champion’s number and frequently states that he was able to get the upper hand on him during the times that they trained together. Evans is currently rehabbing a broken thumb which he suffered in the bout with Ortiz.
UFC 140 is slated to take place on December 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
UPDATED: MMAJunkie.com reports that UFC president Dana White has emphatically shot down this rumor. Apparently, negotiations for Jones and Evans to meet at the event were underway, but have fallen through.