Although Jon Jones won’t be able to meet Rashad Evans (Pictured) at UFC 140, it appears everything else is starting to fall right into place for the reigning light heavyweight champion.
After stating his bitter rival shouldn’t be allowed to sit the sidelines and maintain his top contender moniker while rehabbing his surgically-repaired right hand, UFC president Dana White agreed with Jones and suggested Evans will have to take another fight before he sniffs a championship affair.
“You’ve got to be able to fight,” White stated after the UFC 136 post-fight press conference. “I knew [Evans] couldn’t fight. I knew he couldn’t take that fight. I knew he was hurt. He had the pins in his hand and it was going to take time.
“I imagine he’s going to have to take another fight now. I can’t imagine him sitting out again. Depending on how timing and all the [expletive] works out, he will fight again.”
Evans initially earned his next dibs status when he posted a unanimous decision victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 in May of 2010. He then suffered a knee injury that allowed Jones to step in and beat Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the title.
“Suga” was slated to challenge Jones at UFC 133, but a hand injury suffered by Jones nixed their showdown. Evans went on to easily dominate Tito Ortiz, though hurt his haymaker in the process that’s preventing him from fighting his friend-turned-foe on December 10th.
His highly-anticipated shootout with Jones has now been postponed twice. Speaking of two time’s not being the charm, White said he won’t have Evans enter the Octagon to greet Jones should another opportunity present itself.
“Probably not. I think everybody gets it now,” White said with a chuckle. “I’ve had some bad luck with bringing people into the cage. When it works out, it’s good. When it doesn’t, it doesn’t. What are you going to do?”
This news should also please Jones, as he expressed great displeasure in Evans ruining his “special night” twice by entering the cage after his latest victories.