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Rashad Evans shrugs off notions of jealousy regarding Jon Jones

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.

Now, Evans is on a collision course with Jon Jones for that belt on April 21 at UFC 145 in Atlanta.

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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7 COMMENTS
  • moosebaby02 says:

    isnt being the top dogg and haveing ur ego massaged all the time taken away cause the new kid is getting all the rightly deserved attention now not considered jealousy?????

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  • Lord Faust says:

    It’s a fine line, and ultimately a personal call.

    New kid could get attention without shafting the current top dog.

    As with most extremes in thought, reason lies roughly in the middle.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’ll be glad once they fight so all this rashad/bones supposed/not supposed beef is done.

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  • king mah mah says:

    I’ll be rooting for Rashad for once. Can’t stand Jon Jones and his cocky attitude. Yes he does have a cocky attitude for those that are confused.

    I know Rashad is a little cocky too, but Jones takes it to another level.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    If rashad was a better fighter than jones greg jackson would have backed him over jones. Greg nos all rashads habits and rashads coach dont no jones.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Talk talk talk. Can not wait until Jones puts a beating on this fool. Wonder what the excuse will be from Rashad once he can’t back up all his yapping?

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Injury during training, that’s always the excuse from everyone for when they get beat and shouldn’t of.

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