A lot of mean and nasty things were thrown back and forth between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans over the past seven months, but at the post-fight press conference Jon sincerely sounded like he wanted to salvage some part of their friendship:
“I still have a lot of thinking to do with the whole situation, but one thing I do want to get out of this is to rekindle a respect level and some type of communication with Rashad,” he said. “Hopefully we can do that in private and work on that in the future. I do have tons of respect for Rashad, and I know he does respect me to some degree. There’s a lot of emotion between us that can lead to a friendship.”
Rashad Evans sounded less interested:
“I don’t know,” he said. “It takes some time for the lessons you learn in the situation to kick in. But like Jon was saying, you never know what happens in future. We were friends before, so you never know what could happen. We got some cool experiences we shared together. We’ll see. We’ll probably compete again one of these days, so we’ll keep it on a level where we can say ‘What’s up’ but beat the hell out of each other when we have to.”
Nice to see Rashad already thinking about a remach. After watching the UFC’s Primetime shows I was a bit worried he’d have nothing left to do but sit in his big mansion feeling depressed and alone.