White Says Evans Next for Bones; Hendo Turns Down Gustafsson for Chance at Title Shot

Rashad Evans. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

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.”

Several sources had stated that Jones would be pitted against former Strikeforce title holder Dan Henderson at the UFC's scheduled March return to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which still does not have a main event.

The aforementioned speculation may have led Henderson to reportedly turn out a bout against Alexander Gustaffson, who was announced as facing Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event of UFC on FUEL 2 in Sweden in April.

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