UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones once considered Rashad Evans as his big brother. Now, he’s just simply bothered by him.
When Jones beat Mauricio “Shogun” Rua this past March to become the youngest champion in company history, Evans entered the cage to promote their impending bout. On Saturday night at UFC 135 after “Bones” posted his first successful title defense, Evans emerged once again to rain on his parade.
In all fairness to Evans, he certainly didn’t storm in there because he wanted to steal Jones’ spotlight. He was told to. Please keep in mind, the UFC does have a future pay-per-view to sell.
Regardless, Jones took exception to his friend-turned-foe once again standing front and center during the biggest moment of his skyrocketing career.
“I’m sure he’s got a lot to say,” Jones said of Evans after beating Quinton Jackson. “He’s going to be doing a lot of talking. I’m not going to say anything, I promise you guys. Leading up to this fight I’m not going to say much. I’m just going to prove it.
“He’s ruined my special night twice now and the time will come.”
Jones may not have been in the mood to talk about “Suga” during his in-Octagon interview, but he sure sweetened up to the idea at the post-fight press conference.
“I will say this about Rashad, he does not have my number. He’s not even close to having my number,” Jones matter-of-factly stated. “Me and Rashad sparred a few times and every time we sparred I know what could have happened.
“He talks about one day at practice where he held me down and he lives that memory in his head every day. So, we’ll see.”
Speaking of witnessing their scrap, no word on when the former teammates will settle their beef.