The light-heavyweight grudge match that fans have been clamoring for has been booked and made official.
UFC 145 is set to go down from Atlanta’s Phillips Arena on April 21, in the main event light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will attempt to defend his UFC title against bitter rival Rashad Evans.
The two former teammates have been feuding since Jones spoke up publicly about his willingness to fight Evans should the UFC propose. This statement broke their prior agreement that being teammates they would never fight.
Evans has long been the number-one contender in the division, but over the course of the last two-years has missed opportunity after opportunity to fight for the title due to injury. He is now healthy and has medical clearance.
Evans last saw action in the five-round main event of the UFC on FOX 2 card against the previously unbeaten Phil Davis. In the bout he decisively outpointed the wrestling standout to earn a shot at the title held by Jones. Evans is a former champion who lost his title to Lyoto Machida back at UFC 98 in 2009. To date the Machida loss is the only blemish on his record.
Jones has been unstoppable his entire MMA career. He initially won the title against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 in March of last year and has since defended it successfully two-times, most recently against the only man to beat Evans, Lyoto Machida.