UFC President Dana White put to bed those rumors of a Jon Jones-Dan Henderson bout in the coming months, telling UFC Tonight Rashad Evans remains on track to face Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title at some point in 2012.
Of course, all that is assuming Evans gets past Phil Davis later this month at UFC on FOX 2 in the main event.
Evans has been the #1 contender to the UFC light heavyweight title for well over a year now, earning that position by defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Injuries, both to him and the titleholder at the time, have kept “Suga” from receiving a shot at reclaiming his title.
“We’re working on it now. We’re going to obviously see what happens in this Rashad fight at the end of the month,” White explained on the FUEL TV show centered around UFC news. “If Rashad wins, if Rashad comes out injury free, we’ll get the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones vs. Rashad Evans fight going.”
It wasn’t all that long ago that Jones and Evans were teammates at Jackson’s MMA in New Mexico. After Jones won the title, however, the two had a falling out, as “Bones” made it known that he had no problems facing Evans inside the Octagon. The two have been on a verbal tirade since that time.
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MMATraining Take: Evans has enough power, skill and experience to handle Davis, but he better not overlook the rising star. The possibility of an Evans-Jones matchup is great for the UFC and the fans, as the two have an obvious dis-like for one another and would make for an exciting pairing inside the Octagon.