Rashad Evans has trained with Jon Jones and has been inside the Octagon with Lyoto Machida, so he knows what both fighters are capable of. Jones defends his UFC light heavyweight title against Machida in December at UFC 140 in December.
That fight was supposed to go to Evans, but a hand injury prevented him from taking the bout. Instead, “The Dragon” will get a shot at slaying “Bones.” Evans believes Machida has all the skills and talent to defeat Jones come December 10.
“If anybody can give him trouble, I would think it would be Machida, and for a couple of reasons,” said Evans, in a recent interview with Fighthype.com. “One reason is Machida’s used to that kind of craftiness and movement because he trains with Anderson Silva, so he’s used to seeing that. He (Jones) brings that ground and pound and Jon is very good at that, so there are a couple of areas where Lyoto will have to watch out for Jon.”
Evans described Silva as the originator to Jones’ way of fighting, using his size and speed to keep opponents off balance. “Suga” added, “if he (Machida) can use his footwork and watch out for some of the tricks and not stay on the outside and watch like everyone else does… I think he could do pretty good in this fight.”
As for Evans, he is currently rehabbing his hand and will be looking to get back inside the Octagon as soon as possible. UFC President Dana White has stated that Evans will likely take another fight before finally cashing in his No. 1 contender position at 205 pounds.