Rashad Evans and Jon Jones famously 'divorced', with Evans leaving Jackson's MMA, and eventually founded the Blackzilian fight team. Evans and Jones fought at UFC 145, with Evans losing a lopsided decision, but became the first and to date only fighter to go all five rounds with Jones. In so doing, he feels he learned where Jones is weakest.
Belfort is now training with the Blackzilians, and Evans says although he will not name them, he has shared with the Brazilian the places he feels Jones can be beat.
"I picked up a lot," said Jones in a recent interview on Spike TV's MMA Uncensored Live. "I was in there for five rounds. I saw a lot, and I felt a lot. I have a pretty good idea of some the things he's strong at and some of the things he's weak at."
"I hit him with a few good shots, and I had a few good opportunities, in the fight, but I just wasn't able to stay at the level for the whole fight. I've been working on myself to make sure that never happens again. I let myself down, in that area -- being conditioned to fight that kind of fight and to keep the kind of pace I needed to stay at. I think that Vitor -- we train him enough to be able to fight where I wasn't able to."
But what if Belfort wins? Will Evans now once again find himself having to fight a teammate for the title?
"No," said Evans definitively. "I'm not gonna fight Belfort. I'll figure out a fight for me. You know, Jon Jones was saying, 'I dunno what Rashad's doing. He's coaching somebody to fight for the belt that he wants.' I do want the belt, but when you compete, and you really have a love for competing, you understand what it's really about. What's for me is for me, and what's for somebody else is for somebody else. I believe I'm gonna get mine, either way. I don't see a problem with helping somebody else become champion."
So will be drop to middleweight and fight his way to title contention?
"I would consider dropping to 185, but the problem is, I'm kinda heavy right now. I might have to do a practice cut to get down there before I make any commitment to fight at 185. I've never cut weight like that, not since college. And, I always told myself, I said, 'If I compete again, there's no way that I'll turn myself into what I did in college, as far as living just to cut weight and stuff like that.' If the offer is interesting enough, I'll drop down. But, if not, I'll stay at 205. It makes no sense for me to drop down to 185 to be right in the same position I'm in now at 205."
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