When Rashad Evans takes on Phil Davis this coming weekend in the main event at UFC on FOX 2 he’ll have the current light heavyweight champion in his corner. Not literally, of course, as Evans’ rivalry with Jon Jones is well-documented with their days of professional kinship little more than dust in the Albuquerque wind at this point. Rather, Jones has come out to say he’ll be pulling for Evans based on an overwhelming desire to put his nemesis in his place on the biggest stage possible.
“I’m picking Rashad Evans. I’m in his corner. I want to fight Rashad,” said Jones on the post-event show from this last Friday night’s UFC on FX event.
“He’s the antagonist of my career. There’s no just pumping up pay per views when it comes to me and Rashad. Everything about us disliking each other is true,” the animated 24-year old title-holder continued. “After we fight each other it’ll all be clear and he can go have a seat somewhere.”
It is believed Jones will make his next title defense in Atlanta this April 21 at UFC 145. If Evans wins and remains healthy he has been guaranteed a crack at the divisional belt, while a victory for Davis could also earn him a shot or open up the door for Dan Henderson to slide in.
The issue between Jones-Evans stems from a comment “Bones” made while the two were teammates, saying he would fight Evans for the title if necessary. The two had been scheduled to face off a few times before in the past since the falling out but injuries have prevented the pairing thus far.
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