With Dana White gleefully banging the drum for an immediate Jon Jones / Rashad Evans title fight if Jones takes the belt off Shogun, things are starting to get a bit tense around Greg Jackson’s camp. Rashad Evans started flipping out like a puss the second Jon said something vague about being willing to fight him, and now it sounds like he’s prepping to jump ship from the SS Jackson for good if the match is made:
“If we agree to fight, if we say we are going to fight, it’s over,” Evans said of his time at Jackson’s camp.
“If there’s a chance I am going to fight someone then I want to be able to keep an advantage somehow. If we are both drinking from the same well, learning the same knowledge, with the same camp, with the same partners, then how am I going to surprise them? He knows what I know.”
“I would need to divorce myself from the situation and just start over, and come with something new. I would divorce myself from the crew, from Jackson’s.”
“I just have to sit down and decide on what’s its going to be, because whatever it is going to be, there is no going back. There is no making it better. There is no going back to the team after it is done.”
And why is Rashad so butthurt about everything? Apparently Jon Jones is breaking the Jackson Code:
“When he joined the team, he joined the team on the premise that he wouldn’t fight none of us because that’s…with Greg Jackson, that’s one of his policies. Greg brought him on the team and he said he was like, you know what? Jon’s on this team, he’ll be a good addition to the team. He’s got a good style and he’s an up and coming kid and he’ll never fight you or never challenge you or nothing like that,” Evans told Larry Pepe. “There’s nothing you need to worry about. He brought him onto the team with that intro.”
Yeah, that’s all fine and noble and all. But Rashad Evans is the #1 contender. He was literally a month away from fighting for the belt when he got injured. Now he’s unhappy because the guy who replaced him might win the belt and they may have to fight. Boo fucking hoo. Get that sand out of your vagina and fight him or say you won’t and don’t. It’s that simple. Take a cue from Shogun Rua, who sat on the sidelines while his training partner and BFF Wanderlei ruled the PRIDE middleweight division. He put his money where his mouth was and wasn’t a gigantic bitch about it.
If Jones has the belt, it’s 100% Rashad’s decision whether he decides he wants to fight for it. Is Jon Jones being a dick by saying he’ll give Rashad his title shot? No.