Jon Jones and Rashad Evans over the 'divorce'

 

UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans was the first UFC champion out of Jackson's MMA. When a young Jon Jones wanted to join the team, Evans okayed it, with the provision that Jones would not challenge him for the title. Then through a convoluted set of circumstances Jones got the title, and it was Evans who was the challenger. Evans did not feel adequate support from Jackson's, and so 'divorced' the team, going on to co-found the Blackzilians.

Jones and Evans then engaged in one of MMA's most epic out of cage battles, leading up to their 2012 fight at UFC 145. Jones won, but Evans gave him his hardest fight up until that point.

At the UFC 172 weigh ins on Friday, Jones was of course there as the main event, and Evans was there to support fellow Blackzilian Anthony Johnson, who fights Phil Davis on the main card.

Ryan Loco captured the moment:

Evans commented warmly, via Instagram.

suga_rashadevans
It's been a long time since @jonnybones and myself got a chance to catch up. I'm glad we did! If you are blessed enough, life has a way of bringing you around again. Good luck tomorrow @jonnybones! Living the blessed life! #ufc172

?Jones replied affirmatively, via Twitter.

Jon Jones @Jonnybones
All respect @SugaRashadEvans that was great.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani, Jones expanded.

"I saw Rashad and I honestly missed him," said Jones. "It was weird. I just missed him. The guy was definitely like a role model in a way when I first started off and I'll always remember looking up to him.

"Even though we have fought, it is so long in the past now and I legitimately missed him."

Evans still aims for one more title shot, but who that would even be against will have to wait until Saturday night.

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Vader03 site profile image  

4/26/14 10:29 AM by Vader03

Im happy for them. SarcAsm

BubblesNS site profile image  

4/26/14 8:57 AM by BubblesNS

You may be on to something but a pic or gif of a dude wearing a tinfoil hat is in order. Im actually considering getting myself.

TenOfSwords site profile image  

4/26/14 6:02 AM by TenOfSwords

This didn't just happen for no reason.

brahmabull81 site profile image  

4/26/14 4:26 AM by brahmabull81

I know CREs trolling but I do agree about Chael in the Bones fight. He was firing off NASTY dirty boxing uppercuts that had Jones all sorts of flustered. He had to take him down to stop the onslaught.

TenOfSwords site profile image  

4/26/14 3:40 AM by TenOfSwords

Let the conspiracy theories begin: 1. The photo was taken by Ryan Loco, who works for the Blackzilians; 2. This happens in the wake of former Blackzilian Alistair Overeem arriving on the scene at Jackson's; 3. Does this mean that Rashad no longer regards Jones as a direct rival; that is to say, Rashad, with nothing better do as he recovers from his knee injury, is now headed for middleweight? 4. And since Greg Jackson has absolutely nobody at middleweight - unless you actually consider Derek Brunson and Buddy "Don't Call Me 'Nature Boy'" Roberts to be "somebody" ... ? Stuff for some fun speculation indeed!  

Outlaw'd by Lytle site profile image  

4/26/14 3:39 AM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

Lol :D

the CREamcatcher site profile image  

4/26/14 3:30 AM by the CREamcatcher

nobody cares about their weak ass plastic beefSomeone post a gif of Chael sending both of their heads into the rafters with uppercuts.Funny how they both had to wrassle a naturally much smaller guy when they were getting WORKED on the feet.

Good Sir site profile image  

4/26/14 3:20 AM by Good Sir

And it all began with the "sup nod"

J-Tee site profile image  

4/26/14 2:15 AM by J-Tee

^Thank u