The MMA world is still settling into a reality in which Anthony Johnson, and not Alexander Gustafsson, will battle Jon Jones next. And, based off how quickly Johnson took out the light-heavyweight division’s #1 contender, there’s considerable buzz as to whether Johnson could be the man to end Jones’ lengthy reign.
Well, one man who believes “Rumble” is destined to become the UFC light-heavyweight champ is Rashad Evans, who faced Jones in 2012 and was decisioned by the star. Yes, Evans is also a teammate and buddy of Johnson, since the two train out of the renowned Blackzilians camp in Florida.
Following Johnson’s first round, stoppage victory over Gustafsson at UFC on FOX 14, “Suga” posted the following on Instagram.
I'm extremely proud of my brother @anthony_rumble for his complete annihilation of Alexander Gustafson! Rumble's journey to be where he is right now is story of inspiration. I'm blessed to have the privilege to watch my bro develop as a fighter and most importantly a person. Now let me be the first to tell you that Rumble is gonna knock Jones out with an uppercut!! #rumbleyoungmanrumble#blackzilians#gorillasquad#jaco
Now sure, since Evans is friends with Johnson, it’s tempting to toss this prediction right into the ‘biased bin’. But, since Evans has faced Jones before, and he is a former champ, you might not want to dismiss the call altogether. Johnson’s power and explosiveness could prove to be the undoing of Jones, but to be fair, there was a similar narrative tied to Glover Teixeira leading up to his bout with “Bones”. That fight didn’t go so well for the heavy handed challenger.
It’s going to be an interesting bout, and if Jones wins, a jump to heavyweight could be not far off.
UFC on FOX 14 went down at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.