The rivalry between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans was rumored to finally get settled as MMAFighting.com broke news that the two were likely to headline UFC 140 in Toronto, Canada. However, UFC president Dana White says the fight isn’t happening, as he explained via his Twitter account:
“Just did a 2 hour press conf at 11 this am and told ALL the media that jones vs Evans would NOT happen @140. Then HACKS say it is. For the media guys who live on some other planet and didn’t know Rashad Evans has pins in his thumb and is out for a while!!!!”
Jon Jones is coming off a big submission win over Quinton Jackson at UFC 135. The win was the first title defense for Jones since winning the title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earlier this year. Jones had stepped in for Evans as a late injury replacement, and the feud has been brewing at an all time high since then.
Rashad Evans was last seen at UFC 133 where he stopped Tito Ortiz in the second round via TKO. The win was his third straight since losing the title to Lyoto Machida in May of 2009. All didn’t go as planned coming out of the Ortiz fight, as Evans suffered a hand injury that still needs to heal. Still, Rashad’s coach, Mike VanArsdale seems unconcerned as he explained to MMAFighting.com,
“I think if they give us any date, I can get him ready to beat Jon,” he said. “I’m not overly concerned about Jon like everyone else is. My fighter has the ability, tools and the determination to beat him. As long as he’s healthy, and I have eight or nine weeks with him — and it’s right around that right now, that’s all I need.”
UFC 140 is scheduled to take place December 10th at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada. Stay tuned to BJPenn.com as news becomes available and the card is finalized.
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