After witnessing soon-to-be former teammate Jon Jones annihilate Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 to capture the light heavyweight title, Rashad Evans has decided to part ways with longtime MMA coach Greg Jackson.
“I’m done with Jackson’s. I’m done,” Evans emphatically told MMAFighting immediately after Jones’ victory on Saturday.
When asked by Ariel Helwani if he felt betrayed by the MMA mastermind, the former 205-pound king simply reiterated his original statement, “I’m done with Jackson’s.”
Emotions were clearly running high inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, so “Sugar” took to his Twitter account early Sunday morning to confirm he will in fact exit stage left from Jackson’s. Although, it appears the separation is much more amicable now than last night.
“Many of u probably already seen that I got offered the title shot & decided 2 take it. @jonnybones fought amazing! I’m very happy 4 him,” he tweeted. “With that said I can’t wait 4 the chance 2 compete against him! I no longer will use Greg Jackson as my coach but we r still coo! 505 4life.”
While Evans didn’t mention where he intended to formulate his training camp for Jones, he will be taking with him the tidbits of information he gathered from their extensive time together at Jackson’s famed academy.
“I’m happy for the dude, he went out there and he fought well. He looked phenomenal, but at the same time he’s got that strap so now I gotta go and get it,” Evans told AOL. “I already know how to fight him, I trained with him.”
“Sugar” later added this on his Twitter, “I know @jonnybones style well cuz we trained 2gether & he knows mine. Now it’s just a matter of who payed more attention or held back more.”
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