At one point in time, Rashad Evans and Jon Jones considered each other brothers during their time training at the JacksonWinkeljohn MMA Academy in Albuquerque New Mexico. The two vowed to never fight each other, however after a falling out, they ultimately fought at UFC 145, where Jones picked up a unanimous decision win. Fortunately, the pair have since began to rebuild their relationship.
During a recent interview with BloodyElbow, Evans was asked about Jones recent legal issues:
“You know, I believe that Jon, he can turn things around. I believe that it’s just… he needs to be honest with himself, always, through and through, and allow himself to be vulnerable enough to get the help that he needs in the areas that he needs help in.
“I don’t think any one of us is above making mistakes, but it’s about when you make mistakes in life, who do you have to reel you back in? To hold that mirror up in front of you? To tell you, ‘Hey, take a look at yourself’, ‘Is this what you really want?’, ‘Where do you see yourself heading off at?’, because it’s one thing for me to say – to preach on you and tell you this and tell you that – but if you don’t see it in yourself, what you need to do, then you’ll never change.”
Evans went on to reflect on his past “bad decisions”.
“Yeah, I’ve definitely had my pitfalls and made bad decisions,” revealed Evans. “As far as the people I hung around with, and things I allowed myself to be distracted with, you know, I’m not above any kind of mistakes at all.
“My mistakes may not be as well documented, but it’s just something that happens, that comes with the territory, and I feel that one thing that I’ve been able to do is just have a bit of self-reflection and just really be honestly humbled by the bad situations, by the things that I know needed to change.”