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UFC 161: Evans Wants Rematch With Jones

Kelsey Mowatt

Rashad Evans

Much of the talk regarding tomorrow night’s UFC 161 headliner between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans, has focused on whether “Hendo” can win, and further, if the 42 year-old wonder can secure another title shot with Jon Jones. Of course, part of that is due to the fact that Evans fought and lost to the light-heavyweight champ just last April. Another key reason is that Evans looked terrible in his last outing versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in February, when he dropped a unanimous decision loss to the renowned vet.

As a result, Evans has fielded numerous questions in recent weeks about his dedication to fighting and what his future holds, and the former champ has consistently said that he’s looking forward to proving his critics wrong Saturday night. In fact, in a recent interview with MMA’s Ariel Helwani, not only did Evans distance himself from talk that he might move to middleweight, but he relayed he wants to work his way back to a rematch with Jones.

“I want to stay at 205; I want to fight Jon Jones again,” said Evans, who after getting KO’d by Lyoto Machida in 2009, rebounded with four straight wins to lock up a title fight with his former teammate. “Jon Jones has been getting better and better every fight and I want to go in there and see how much better he’s got.”

When asked by Helwani how long he believes it may take him to secure another bout with Jones, who it was announced just yesterday will fight Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 on September 21st, “Suga” stated:

“I’m just going to let each fight speak for itself. I’m going to go in there and fight Dan, and whoever’s after that, but I’m going to enjoy myself along the way and I’m not going to worry too much about how many fights it takes to get to Jon Jones. If he’s still there when I get there then we’ll fight.

Certainly doesn’t sound like Evans has any doubts as to where his future fights lie, and if he takes out Henderson on Saturday, the comeback narrative will certainly kick off.

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