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8/28/12 7:18 PM
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Jon Jones and Rashad Evans engaged in one of MMA most epic out of cage battles, following their 'divorce' and leading up to their fight at UFC 145 in which Evans, although losing, gave Jones his toughest in cage test to date.

When Jones declined a last moment fight with Chael Sonnnen, causing the collapse of UFC 151, the entire sport piled on Jones, leaving him widely hailed as "the most hated man in MMA." In a testament to his character, rather than pile on, in an interview with Pro MMA Radio, Evans offered an insighful, nuanced appraisal of his former teammate.

"It's a two part question for me," said Evans. "For one, you want to always keep it right for the fighters. It's great for the fighters to have the right to choose a fight. That is one of the liberties we do have, the option to say yes or no to a fight.

"But then on the other hand, you have a tremendous responsibility as the champion. You are the champion of the UFC. Not only that, you became champion of the UFC through circumstances like this. You had the opportunity to fight for someone that was injured. He stepped into a fight, after I got hurt, so he stepped in for me to fight Shogun. So, he was rewarded by the very process of somebody stepping in to take a fight. So, he owed it to the UFC to take the fight. Not only that, he owed it to all the other fighters on this card who are going to be missing paydays because of that.

"And lets not talk about how the UFC has done so much to make him the face of the UFC. They sponsored him. Everything he's gotten is because of the UFC, the whole Nike endorsement and everything else like that, has all been because of the UFC. When he got in trouble a few months back, it was the UFC who stood behind him and kind of made it go away relatively quickly.

"So, for him to turn his back on the UFC is very hard to believe, for one, but it's just disappointing. I'm sure one day, when he has the time to understand the ramifications of his decision, he's is gonna think, 'Wow. What did I really do?'"

"For me, it's more of a sadness than anything. What it comes down to at the end of the day, despite the fact that me and Jon had our situations and we did part ways the way we did and we fought and I lost, I don't want to wish bad on him. I never want to wish bad on anybody like that because these are things in life that affects more than Jon Jones. It affects his family, it affects everyone that is close to him. So, to wish bad on him is to wish bad on a lot of other people that I have no problems with.

"Another thing is, dimming his light doesn't make my light any brighter. So for me, I just feel bad that it has come to light, exactly what I was saying and I don't want to be like, 'Ah man, I told you so, I told you so.' I would have been happy if he made me look like a liar. For me, it's about the organization and the sport and he is an ambassador for the sport, so, when he does things like this, it affects everybody involved. If he is going to be champion, then he has to take responsibility pretty serious and know and that he is representing more than just himself with the choices that he makes."

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8/28/12 7:21 PM
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 Rashad is 100% correct:)


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8/28/12 7:22 PM
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Well said.
8/28/12 7:22 PM
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Hasha laying down the truth.  Class act as always.
8/28/12 7:25 PM
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His responsibility was fully met when he kicked Rashads ass though! Rashad is right, but we all know what happens when he fights Jon Jones! Just saying! Phone Post
8/28/12 7:25 PM
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If you had all just taken the time to ask Greg, you would see that Bones was perfectly in the right.

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8/28/12 7:27 PM
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Wow, Rashads got got another fan for killing Jon with kindness. Well put brotha. Phone Post
8/28/12 7:30 PM
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Hasha = correct. Jon Jones just got served. Phone Post
8/28/12 7:30 PM
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Rashad put that very well. Exactly the way I feel about the sitch. Phone Post
8/28/12 7:32 PM
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 RASHAD READS THE UG HE DEF DID THIS INTERVIEW AFTER HE SAW WHAT WE ALL SAID ABOUT HOW THIS IS EXACTLY HOW HE BECAME CHAMP BY SOMEONE GETTING INJURED AND HIM STEPPING IN LOL NICE. 
8/28/12 7:32 PM
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Snap! Phone Post
8/28/12 7:34 PM
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Warzone209 -  Shogun had 6 weeks notice he would be facing JBJ..Clearly that is the same as 8 days notice no camp.  How can Hashad say everything the UFC has done was for Jones the UFC sponsorship....

Im sure it had nothing to do that he has smashed everyone to pieces...They got an undisputed champion wearing their Brand it seems like JBJ is doing the favor considering Nike even wants a piece of him.

  
You're pretty much wrong on this one. If you would remember correctly, the UFC did JBJ a favor in sponsoring him, as he didn't want to be a "walking billboard" since he was trying to get the Nike deal done. Even BLAF says he doesn't like the sponsoring of fighters, and said so even before this debacle. Phone Post
8/28/12 7:36 PM
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KrisDonahoo -  Hasha = correct. Jon Jones just got served. Phone Post

 No JBJ served Hashad up with some elbows in the octagon that made him do the Stanky Leg thats when he got served.
It also seems like you got served a steaming vial of "Bones" jism...... in every single thread you post in. Phone Post
8/28/12 7:41 PM
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Rashad got me as a fan awhile ago, and this post just proves it further!
8/28/12 7:42 PM
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 Indeed.  Jon Jones the very best fighter in the world under certain conditions.

Can one imagine him in a street fight, will he fight or flee. What to do what to do, where's Maliki text Greg and tell me what to do soon.

Set game hut ( what ever that silly thing is called); perhaps Jon "Bones" Jones ought to join his brother in skip to my lou 0.01 second interval game plans. Sad state of affairs. Awaiting for Jackson MMA to petition the MMA powers that be to implement TIME-OUTS during fights.

So that he can of course "game plan".
8/28/12 7:42 PM
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Warzone209 -  Yes I'm sure Blaf was pissed off he was Sponsoring a #3 P4P in the world Undisputed Champion...
I was unaware that Jones wore a shirt and hat that said "Dana White" on it. Any fighter that wears nothing but UFC gear isn't selling UFC gear to the uninitiated of the sport. Most people see it a a generic brand. Anyone you talk to that doesn't follow it like the UG sees MMA = UFC. Not the other way around. Phone Post
8/28/12 7:44 PM
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Rashad speaks real truth. Phone Post
8/28/12 7:44 PM
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Very well put by Rashad. Phone Post
8/28/12 7:46 PM
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Rashad is spot on........again. Phone Post
8/28/12 7:46 PM
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Wow, this bro "Pep" is really annoying.
8/28/12 7:46 PM
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LilBrockonmychest -  "Not only that, you became champion of the UFC through circumstances like this."

Would people quit fucking saying this.  Jon Jones was 12-0 going into the Bader fight (not counting the Hammil 'loss') and fighting a guy, Bader, who was 5-0 in the UFC.  Jones was 6-0 in the UFC in the LHW division and had DESTROYED all 6 opponents.  He had 100% earned his title shot.  Chael was 2-2 in his last 4 in the MIDDLEWEIGHT division and lost 2 of his last 3 in the LHW division, getting finished in both.  Oh, and that was 6-7 years ago. 

And why do people keep bringing up what you just brought up?

Jones didn't refuse to fight because Chael Sonnen hadn't "earned it".

Jones refused to fight PERIOD.
8/28/12 7:47 PM
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Warzone209 -  Shogun had 6 weeks notice he would be facing JBJ..Clearly that is the same as 8 days notice no camp.  How can Hashad say everything the UFC has done was for Jones the UFC sponsorship....

Im sure it had nothing to do that he has smashed everyone to pieces...They got an undisputed champion wearing their Brand it seems like JBJ is doing the favor considering Nike even wants a piece of him.

  
Will you just go back to posting racist YouTube comments? Please. Phone Post
8/28/12 7:47 PM
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Well said.
8/28/12 7:50 PM
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 Shogun didnt say no to jones and he def wasnt ready for that fight.  
8/28/12 7:52 PM
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Hey Rashad, you were only Champ for fifteen minutes before "pillowfists" KO'd that ass.

The only that saved you from being choked out by Jones, was because you were a better runner than Jones.

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