Rashad Evans is in the unique position of knowing the ins and outs of the two men clashing this weekend in hopes of exiting UFC 152 with the light heavyweight championship in tow, as the 32-year old has trained alongside both Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort and even faced off against the former inside the Octagon. As such, Evans is more qualified than most to break the bout down, and in his educated opinion the fight is not as much of a wash as oddsmakers might have the public believe.
“I think it’s a huge mistake to consider him an underdog because this is an MMA fight,” explained Evans in an interview with MMAWeekly. “You’ve seen some of the most dramatic finishes and upsets in this sport. It only takes a second. Anyone at this elite level, no matter what your rank, has a chance to beat someone. It may be your night; it may not be your night.”
“I definitely think Vitor can knock him out,” he continued. “Vitor has probably the fastest hands I’ve seen in MMA, and besides that, he has the power behind it too. If you look at all his experience, he’s been doing this since Jon Jones was like in the third grade. He has been doing this a long time.”
Win or lose, Evans is confident he’ll lock horns with Jones again too whether the title is up for grabs or not. The two collided earlier this year with Evans losing a decision.
“I’m positive we will fight again at 205, maybe in a year or so, but we’ll fight again,” Evans vowed.
While Evans expects an eventual rematch with Jones, he currently has nothing planned despite wishes for a fight by year’s end. Meanwhile, Jones and Belfort are set to headline Saturday night’s show and will enter the bout with some solid momentum, as Belfort has racked up back-to-back finishes in his last two outings on Jones is on a seven-fight winning streak.
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