Several years ago, one of the biggest rivalries in the sport was between Evans and Jones. The two were teammates and friends at the renowned Jackson-Wink MMA camp, but eventually Evans elected to leave the gym. They finally scrapped in April, 2012, and Jones won the bout via unanimous decision.
Jones went on to score five more wins after UFC 145, before he was arrested earlier this year, and stripped of the 205 title. Recently Evans spoke to FOX Sports.com, and while doing so, he said this about “Bones”:
“It’s kind of a sad situation for me honestly. My heart really goes out to Jon because despite us having our beefs and everything, I care about Jon as a person,” Evans said. “I think when this journey’s over and said and done, I hope we can all grow as people and look back and say we had crazy years training together and fighting together.”
Evans went on to say that he hopes Jones makes a full “recovery” and that he returns to the UFC. Even if you’re not a fan of Jones, you have to admit that’s an admirable thing for Evans to say no?
The Jones talk aside, Evans is scheduled to fight Ryan Bader at UFC 192 this Saturday. It’s a huge fight for both men, as it could determine who will challenge the winner of Daniel Cormier-Alexander Gustafsson.
That fight will headline UFC 192, which will be hosted by the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.