Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans has been sitting atop the list of contenders for quite some time now. Due to injuries and bad timing, however, “Suga” has been forced to wait for his shot at taking back the heavyweight title he lost to Lyoto Machida.
The two former teammates have had some choice words for one another, leaving many – including the hosts of MMA Uncensored Live – to wonder if Evans is jealous of how far “Bones” has come in such a short time.
“I’m not jealous of Jon Jones. You know, whatever Jon Jones has in life and whatever he’s accomplished, he’s earned,” Evans said in an interview on this week’s show. “I can’t want what another man has, because when it’s time for me to have something, undeniably, it will happen for me.”
Evans left Greg Jackson’s camp in New Mexico to help form the Blackzilians in Florida. He then fought in the summer of 2011, defeating Tito Ortiz, though hand surgery prevented Evans from taking on Jones later in the year and Machida received the shot instead. Now, with a win over Phil Davis in January and clean bill of health, Evans is ready to focus on the task at hand instead of outside issues.
As for all the hoopla and trash-talk between Evans and Jones, Evans revealed none of it is scripted based on the true feelings involved.
“Unfortunately, it’s 100-percent real,” Evans explained of the dynamic between the two 205ers.
“We had that connection with each other. A lot goes into that, so, there’s a lot of emotion that’s still there and still raw,” the 32-year old concluded, alluding to the lost friendship and training partnership he once shared with Jones in New Mexico.
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