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Rashad Evans confident Vitor Belfort can knock Jon Jones out

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.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    I wonder if Belfort does KO Jones, if Evans will kick him out of Blackzillians and then push for a title fight.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Doubtful. If anything, Rashad would probably move to 185; his contributions to a win like that for Vitor would give the camp some major hype, and would make his entry into a new division more storyline-friendly.

    Until proven otherwise, I think Rashad really is against the notion of fighting team mates.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    I got vitor in the 2 nd round ref stoppage.

  • MCM says:

    Whaaatt? Head trainer thinks fighter can win? Breaking news there 5oz ;).

    I also think Rashad would move to 185 or just take “Money” fights. That’s what he said he was gonna do if Jones got the title. People forget that he was pushing for Jones to get the title shot when he had to pull out. Rashad has always been a team first kinda guy.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I have nothing against Belfort, other than he didn’t fight Wanderlei as part of the TUF Brazil due to injury. If he’s healed up, he should fight Wanderlei; I’d love to see that fight. Regardless, Belfort is an underdog against Jones. Jones is longer and has reasonable speed, so Belfort is vulnerable as he tries to move in. And if Belfort doesn’t try to move in, Jones can pick him apart from a distance. Jones has started slowly in some of his fights, so maybe Belfort can rush him and finish him early. But if that doesn’t happen early, Belfort’s chances diminish. I’ll take Jones to win by ko or stoppage before the 4th round. Could be wrong; it’s happened before.


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