Rashad Evans (Pictured) solidified his top contender moniker on Saturday by posting a resounding unanimous decision victory over Phil Davis. While most would be honored to be in Evans’ position, it’s a label he’s held since beating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in May of 2010 and “Suga” is simply dying to dump it.
Fortunately for Evans, he’ll get the opportunity to change his title when he challenges bitter rival and reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones for his belt at UFC 145.
“I hope this is the last time you guys have to say I’m the No. 1 contender,” Evans emphatically stated. “I’m ready to fight in April. I’m excited to finally get the opportunity to fight Jon and give fans the fight they want to see.”
“I want to put the rivalry to bed, and more importantly, get the chance to get my belt back. I think I can beat Jon Jones and I see areas where I can capitalize.”
While Jones has most of the division quivering in their boots, Evans is able to humanize the youngest UFC champion in history because of their time together at Jackson’s Submission Fighting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Evans believes he’ll be able to maneuver through the hoopla and dissect “Bones” like a surgeon.
“Jon Jones has one thing over other opponents that he doesn’t have over me – we’ve faced each other before, many times. I’m not really too worried about the mystique of Jon Jones because I know what’s at Jon Jones’ core,” Evans shared. “I remember Jon Jones when he used to come up to me and be like, ‘Hey, man, what is it like when everybody takes pictures with you?’
“So, I see Jon Jones a little bit differently than everybody else sees Jon Jones.”
If all goes according to plan, Evans will be afforded the opportunity to back up his claims at UFC 145 inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on April 21st.