Rashad Evans Predicts Jones vs. Rampage; Criticizes Jackson
One fighter who undeniably has more history with both of these men than anyone else is top 205 pound contender "Suga" Rashad Evans.
First of all, Evans and Rampage have "beef" that goes way back, as the two went nose to nose in the Octagon, calling each other out and talking trash in front of fans all around the world. They then eventually coached "The Ultimate Fighter" show together, which resulted in some of the best made-for-TV back-and-forth we have seen since the show's inception.
When all of the talking was done, it was Rashad Evans who got the better of "Rampage", earning a unanimous decision win, and more importantly, bragging rights over the former PRIDE superstar.
Considering Jon Jones used to train with Rashad, jumped in front of him to take the belt when "Suga" was injured, and then also stayed with Jackson's MMA as Evans felt it was time to leave, there is no shortage of animosity between the two former friends. In addition to all of that, Jones also backed out of a bout with Evans, citing an injured hand, yet as soon as Rashad was booked for another fight, Jones came out saying he did not need surgery and signed to defend his belt against Rampage.
Yes, it's safe to say that not even the most addicted MMA fan will be watching the UFC 135 main event more intensely than Evans.
Catching up with MMAWeekly.com earlier today, Rashad gave his take on who would win the title fight and had some harsh words for "Rampage".
"I think it's going to be Jon Jones," Evans said. "I would like to see Rampage catch him with something, but I honestly believe Rampage is not doing what he needs to do, and he's not going to do what he needs to do to win the title."
"He's just been living off of fumes of his Pride days, and he really needs to go and take things seriously," continued Evans. "If he took things seriously, I think he might be able to do something, but he ain't trying to take nothing serious."
While Evans is focusing on these two future opponents (Jones and Jackson), there is a certain former champion coming off of a huge win that is waiting in the wings, trying to deny Evans the opportunity to fight for his long awaited second crack at the title. That man is "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz, who choked out Ryan Bader at UFC 132 and is riding high on momentum and confidence after a long winless streak was snapped.
If Evans does indeed get past Ortiz in the UFC 133 main event, he will most definitely be in attendance at UFC 135, awaiting the opportunity to either challenge his arch enemy Rampage, or his former friend that he helped make it to the top, Jon Jones.
Published by Calvin Cooper - Mon, 18 Jul 2011 04:50