Nick Diaz vs GSP may be scuttled but when you think about it the UFC has been pretty lucky lately with how everything has fallen into place. A gift decision saved them the Chael Sonnen v Anderson Silva superfight and then there’s also Rashad Evans v Jon Jones to look forward to. Not only did Rashad dominate Phil Davis, he managed to walk away without injury and is now official for April 21st.
Two out of three isn’t that bad, especially considering the UFC’s track record of getting big fights off the ground in 2011. Unfortunately, it does mean we’ll have to hear more petty back and forth between Jon and Rashad as to who is responsible for ruining the flower of their friendship:
Evans said that an interview Jones did on Versus changed things. Jones said he would fight Evans, and that was the beginning of the end of their relationship.
“He was asked the question by Ariel Helwani and he said, ‘I would fight Rashad if [UFC president] Dana White told us to, because I wouldn’t want to get fired.’ ” Evans said.
“But so what, say he did that interview or whatever, people say things during interviews. But at that point, if he’d have shot me a text and said, ‘Listen, bro, this is what was said. This is what I meant by the whole thing,’ it would have been all good. I never would have fought Jon.”
Oh noes, Jon said he’d be okay with Rashad getting a title shot if that’s what the UFC wanted. And he didn’t even text Rashad afterwards to explain! That’s just improper fight etiquette right there, and the reason why Rashad went from never wanting to fight Jon ever to suddenly hating him and everything he stands for. Seems reasonable. If you’re a 14 year old girl. Now let’s try to ignore the inane details and focus on what a great scrap it’s going to be!