Jones and Evans once held each other as brothers, training under the same roof at Jackson-Winkeljohn’s renowned academy in Albuquerque. The two had made a pact never to fight one another, but as soon as the title was thrown into the picture, that pact dissolved.
23-years-old at the time, Jones stepped up for an injured Evans to challenge Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the title last year. Before dismantling Rua to capture the belt, Jones did an interview where he said he’d be willing to fight Evans if he had to — leading to the rift which separates the fighters to this day.
Evans parted ways with Greg Jackson’s camp and a rivalry was born, with each man publicly disparaging the other. In the main event of UFC 145, which takes place on April 21 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, Jones and Evans will finally settle their long-burning feud.
Check out the extended preview video of UFC 145 below and start getting excited.