Rashad Evans: Greg Jackson brought Jon Jones on board against my wishes

Moments after dismantling Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 to become the new Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones was immediately greeted by his first challenger, former friend and teammate Rashad Evans.  In the weeks leading up to Saturday’s bout, both “Bones” and Evans swore they would never fight one another.  Its a policy that most Jackson’s MMA fighters have strictly adhered to in the past.  However, just days ahead of the biggest fight of Jones’ professional career, “never” became “possibly,” and “possibly” has now officially become “certainly.”  Though head coach of the Albuquerque, New Mexico gym, Greg Jackson, has stated a preference to have no involvement in the match-up, Evans has made it clear that he is “done with Jackson’s.”  With little explanation offered regarding the sudden change of heart, the former champ took to his Twitter account following last night’s event:

“Many of u probably already seen that I got offered the title shot & decided 2 take it. @jonnybones fought amazing! I’m very happy 4 him! … With that said I can’t wait 4 the chance 2 compete against him! I no longer will use Greg Jackson as my coach but we r still coo! 505 4life … @Sam_Blackburn I will not use Greg ever again.. I really haven’t used him in a while anyways.. In my last 2 fights I trained with him 5x’s.. … @pirushaccy no worries the fans r always like 2 me! But then they wait hrs 4 me 2 sign something or take a picture. They r fake! … @danstrandberg Greg brought this situation about. He brought Jones on board a while back against my wishes & here we r today. … @danstrandberg so I decided 2 leave Greg because I felt like he didn’t have my best interest anymore. Greg is not the same coach he use 2 b. … I know @jonnybones style well cuz we trained 2gether & he knows mine. Now it’s just a matter of who payed more attention or held back more.”

While the remarks raise more questions than answers, its apparent that there is more to the story than what has been told.  Where Evans will train for the title bout is also unclear at this time.  Grudge Training Center has been suggested as a possible alternative, but is a close affiliate of Jackson’s.  Stay tuned to LowKick for more info as it becomes available.


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  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Bshaw/ Bshaw

    jones staying where he knows best and they know him while evans starts somewhere new will give jones an advandage

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JP86/ JP86


  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Spyridon/ Spyridon

    May be true since Jacksons has a good rep for a reason, but it also may not be true, considering it may also give Rashad the advantage as Jones will not know any possible tricks he may have up his sleeve when he trains with completely new people. Rashad already knows Jones’s training partners.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mmauk/ mmauk

    if he’s a bitch, what’s your boy Brock then. When Rashad got knocked out at least he trying to fight and survive. when your boy Brock just curled up closed his eyes like a little girl who’s scared of the dark

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Spyridon/ Spyridon

    But to be honest, I think Rashad is doing this for marketing. He knows how to hype a fight, as he not only been around awhile, but he has had more experience than nearly every other fighter considering both stints on TUF.

    What better way to start a rivalry than leave camp and talk trash about the mans trainer? Remember what happened when Sonnen talked about Big Nog?

    This may also be the real way he believes he could beat Jones – beat him at his own mental game because he knows Jones is a thinking fighter. Try to get in to Jones’s head and attempt to use his inexperience to his advantage as it’s his first title defense. It’s much easier for someone you know to get in to your head if they want to – think of any time you may have gotten in to a fight with a friend and they push your buttons – only a friend will really know how to push your buttons.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ogobska/ ogobska

    i think evsns is just freaking out because jones really pose a threat to his skills…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/IChokePeople/ IChokePeople

    Not necessarily. Sometimes completely changing things up can lead to quick and exponential improvement.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Rane/ Rane

    QUICK!!!! Give Rashad a PACIFIER!!!!!!!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/3RD-EYE/ 3RD EYE

    Either way I don’t see Rashad taking this fight. I don’t see him controlling Jones on the ground or being more aggressive on the stand up. RUA IS a much more efficient striker than Rashad and couldn’t land much of anything on Jones. Jones also has another great size advantage in this one

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Scrappymcgee/ scrappymcgee

    im feeling that too. Gregs camp has a bad philosphy. if youre gonna train 2 contenders, obv this is gonna happen. even if greg isnt open about it, he is probably paying way more attention to jones, kinda led him to snaking the title shot, noones really at fault, rashad has every reason to be pissed. jones took his shot, greg prefers to train jones, rashad wants to leave bc jackson ****ed everything up

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MAMBA24ILL/ MAMBA24ILL

    Rashad’s gonna need a tag team partner.

    It was funny the expression he gave when they showed him up on the screen after the fight.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheRealDeal/ TheRealDeal

    Blah blah blah. None of this matters. Jones will destroy Evans and whoever fights for the title after Evans. The way things stand right now there are no real challengers on the horizon for Jone’s belt. Phil Davis MIGHT give him some competition.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JP86/ JP86

    Fought back??? Did you watch that fight….Evans just kept wabbolin around till Lyoto finnaly connected..Then Evans proceded to do the stanky leg and fold up like a ****in accordion..At least Brock got the shit beat out of him and not get his eyes crossed silly like evans did!!! Evans says ” I really havent used Greg in a while….out of my last two fights i have trained with him 5 times” Then procedds to say that Greg brought them on himself…Why did he bring it on himself…cause he didnt suck your **** like you wanted it….

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JP86/ JP86

    I jsut hope Evans doesnt take the shit talkin to far…cause last time Somebody talked shit about Jones….The dude got his Face smashed into three pieces!!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Daigoro702/ daigoro702

    oh let the mud slinging begin!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JP86/ JP86

    @Cage i think Lyoto would give him a little trouble imo!! But ya never no

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JTalbain/ JTalbain

    Exactly, Evans was rocked hard and wobbly, but he was still in the fight trying to survive and win. Brock was clearly lucid when he turned and RAN AWAY from Shane Carwin after getting punched in the face twice.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JTalbain/ JTalbain

    I agree, Lyoto’s got the right mix of striking, timing, and takedown defense to give himself a fighting chance against Jones. Even still, I heavily weight the match in Jones’ favor.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JP86/ JP86

    I never made a reference to brock on this page!! Yes i am a Brock fan but i will be the first to tell you he got his ASS handed to him in that fight…i no this but why someone would bring up brock on a Evans jones thread is jsut bein a bitch move tryin to one up someone…Come on guys…can we jsut talk about brock perhaps gettin his ass handed to him on a Dos Santos thread and not on a LHW thread….just makin my case to why i think Evans is being a bitch…..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JP86/ JP86

    Gased Shane Carwin or not Brock still won that fight!!! Just sayin

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Cronos/ Cronos

    Lyotot may be the only person able to take him down. Lyoto’s leg sweeps are just as good/unexpacted as Jones. As far as any other takedown, Lyoto has no chance.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Kevinowns/ kevinowns

    let the jon jones bandwagon begin!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mma420/ mma420

    Rashad should try to train at Blackhouse or Golden Glory he is gonna need serious help with his striking

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Gnasty/ Gnasty

    evenas trained bones but bones will be to much for anybody and i mean anybody they put in front of him.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Gnasty/ Gnasty

    anybody who says otherwise i have a question 4 ya did you see his fights…in most cases i would say its a toss up in the top 5 anybody could beat anybody but that is so far from the truth right now when i see jones fight to a dec. then i will change my mind….he is a finisher

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Cranestyle/ cranestyle

    “Against my wishes”? Yeah, I’m sure every aging fighter thinks something like that when a young stud shows up at the same camp in his weight class.

    But to actually say it? What planet has Rashad moved to?

    Put another way, could you imagine any manager turning down a fighter with Bones’ potential/skill.

    Greg Jackson said he didn’t want anything to do with the fight, but if Rashad goes to another camp and keeps running his mouth, he might change his mind. Big mistake.

    Jon Jones might know some of Rashad’s weaknesses, but I guarantee you Greg Jackson knows them all.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Codemaster/ codemaster

    If anyone is going to have a chance against Jones, it is a former training partner.

    After seeing Bones destroy Shogun, I don’t give Rashad much of a chance. I do understand Rashad being a bit put out since he was with Jackson long before Jones.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Drunkslug/ drunkslug

    If Rashad beats Jones, would Shogun and Jones go at it again for the number one contender’s spot? Or would they throw Rampage into the mix? If only the UFC did Grand Prix’s! They could have one for every division and it would all be great!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/IStink/ IStink

    BS this is all publicity to hype the fight.