By Chase Raymond:
It should be one of the most exciting fights of the year this weekend when Jon “Bones” Jones defends his light heavyweight championship against “Sugar” Rashad Evans this weekend at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
You might believe that Rashad Evans doesn’t stand a chance against the newest ruler of the UFC. Even Vegas isn’t giving “Sugar” Rashad such sweet chances with the odds set around 5 to 1 for Jon Jones.
Well, call me crazy if you want, but Rashad Evans is the real deal and has a legit shot at defeating “Bones” Jones.
First of all I can’t agree more with Jens Pulver and BJ Penn when discussing the fight on “Just Scrap” Radio on bjpenn.com. They both agreed the key to Rashad winning is to get the fight to the ground.
We all know Jones is great on his feet, great on the ground from the top, and great almost anywhere else. What we don’t know yet, is how Jon Jones will do off his back. If anyone will have a chance at letting us see that side of Jones game, it’s Rashad Evans.
Rashad has used his wrestling and speed ever since he won the “Ultimate Fighter 2” when he won as a heavy weight and currently holds the record for the most completed takedowns in the UFC’s 205 pound division. To date he has taken all his fights to the ground at least once.
We seem to forget when getting caught up in the Jon Jones hype that Rashad Evans is a true veteran of the UFC and holds a record of 17-1-1.
His only loss was to Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 in 2009. He since has won four straight against top tier light heavyweights.
We can all agree that Jon “Bones” Jones is great, but we should also be able to agree that Rashad Evans is the toughest fight of Jones’ career. Rashad is a former light heavyweight champion and has trained with Jones and his same coaches not long ago. There are so many reasons this will be exciting and I know Rashad Evans will be ready and willing to take what he feels is his; the light heavyweight championship.Tags: featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news, UFC on FOX, UFC on FOX 2, ufc on fox 3, UFC on Fuel, UFC on FX