Despite rumors earlier this week that Rashad Evans would again be passed over for a shot at UFC light heavyweight champion and former teammate Jon Jones, it appears that "Suga" may get his chance after all.
In an appearance on the "Jim Rome Show" on Tuesday, White stated that if Evans were to defeat fellow top contender Phil Davis at the next "UFC on FOX" event on January 28, and come out of the bout injury-free, he would receive the next crack at Jones later this year.
“We’re working on it now," White said on the show. "We’re going to obviously see what happens in this Rashad fight at the end of the month. The next fight on Fox, Rashad is fighting Davis, so we’ll see what happens there. If Rashad wins, if Rashad comes out injury free, we’ll get the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones/Rashad Evans fight going.”
"Jon Jones called about four days ago and said 'okay let's go, I'm done with vacation. He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He's ready to go. What could end up happening is Dan Henderson fights Jon Jones first, and then that would be close to the time that Rashad fights. Or we see how things go with Rashad versus Phil Davis and Rashad fights him first."
UFC President Dana White tells ESPN Radio in Las Vegas via Yahoo! Sports that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has just ended a brief respite following his recent title defense against Lyoto Machida and is looking to fight as soon as possible, leading the UFC to potentially skip over Rashad Evans once again and hand a title shot to former Strikeforce title holder Dan Henderson.
It's a great day for lighterweight fighters but a day of reflection for former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
UFC President Dana White announced today that the organization will be making an announcement regarding the addition of a 125 lb. division at some point this weekend, a move well over a year in the making.
He also commented on Evans' remarks towards UFC on Fox 2 opponent Phil Davis at yesterday's pre-event press conference, in which Evans compared his planned striking strategy to that of shamed former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is currently under investigation for over a dozen counts of child abuse.
Members of the media met today with the six-man main card lineup for the UFC's second event on FOX, which will take place on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
UFC President Dana White took the podium alongside participants Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Mark Munoz, Michael Bisping and Demian Maia. The proceedings were interesting to say the least.
After the jump is video of the entire press conference. Enjoy.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
— After Rashad Evans went down with injury, it was Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, not Jon Jones, who was first approached about facing Mauricio "Shogun" Rua on March 19. However, Jackson declined, stating that it would not be enough time for him to prepare for Rua nor get into proper fight shape. [MMAJunkie.com]
— The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released the list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC 126 this past weekend. The most notable suspensions were handed out to Forrest Griffin and Jake Ellenberger, who could be sidelined until August with a broken foot and a pair of broken hands respectively. [MMA Weekly]
Rashad Evans. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
The allure of regaining championship gold isn't enough for Rashad Evans to potentially fight his teammate in Jon Jones.
Jones agreed to replace Evans, who suffered a sprained MCL ligament in training, in a light heavyweight title fight against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua on March 19 following his win over Ryan Bader at UFC 126 on Saturday.
Both Jones and Evans have publicly stated that they would refrain from fighting each other. However, if Jones were to defeat Rua next month, Evans may even go as far as changing weight classes.
Jon Jones. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Following his submission victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 126 on Saturday night, rising UFC light heavyweight star Jon Jones was handed one of the biggest surprises of his life - a shot at champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Jones has accepted a short-notice fight against Rua at UFC 128 on March 19, which will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
His training partner, Rashad Evans, who stayed on the sidelines since last May for a chance at regaining his title against Rua, will now be unable to train for 4-6 weeks due to a sprained MCL ligament and may require surgery at a later date.
Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva stand face-to-face at the UFC 108 weigh-ins. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The weigh-ins for UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva took place Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aside from Paul Daley, all the participants for Saturday’s card successfully made weight.
Daley tipped the scales at 172 pounds and the Nevada State Athletic Commission deemed it unsafe for Daley to continue his attempt to reach the 170 pound limit. Hazelett has agreed to a catchweight bout of 172 pounds and Daley will forfeit 10% of his purse.
UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter 10 coach “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva. The card will also feature a welterweight bout between contenders Paul “Semtex” Daley and Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett.
Pay Per View Bouts:
Thiago Silva (205 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Paul Daley (172 lbs lbs*) vs. Dustin Hazelett (168 lbs)
Sam Stout (155 lbs) vs. Joe Lauzon (155 lbs)
Jim Miller (155 lbs) vs. Duane Ludwig (156 lbs)
Gilbert Yvel (239 lbs) vs. Junior Dos Santos (237 lbs)
Preliminary Bouts on Spike:
Jacob Volkmann (171 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (171 lbs)
Dan Lauzon (155 lbs) vs. Cole Miller (155 lbs)
Ryan Jensen (186 lbs) vs. Mark Munoz (185 lbs)
Jake Ellenberger (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Rafaello Oliveira (156 lbs) vs. John Gunderson (155 lbs)
Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson isn’t done venting yet.
In his latest response to remarks by UFC President Dana White and fellow “TUF 10” coach Rashad Evans, Jackson reiterated his stance on leaving the UFC in order to pursue acting, gave his feelings on Evans and White, and listed the differences between competing for the UFC and PRIDE among other things.
Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— Rashad Evans says that a light heavyweight clash against fellow contender Thiago Silva could be possible for a UFC event in December or early next year. “Thiago Silva is a good fighter, I’d like to fight him and I think he wants to fight me,” Evans said. “When I saw him after he fought Keith Jardine, he kind of gave me a nasty look that I interpreted like he wanted to take me on, and I’d like that.” [MMA FanHouse]
— Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled debut with Japan-based DREAM after suffering a broken hand during his first-round TKO of Jason Riley at Adrenaline MMA IV last weekend. According to Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, the Miletich Fighting Systems product will now attempt to land a spot on the DREAM and K-1 co-promoted “Dynamite!!” show on New Year’s Eve. [Sherdog.com]