LAS VEGAS - MAY 29: UFC fighter Rashad Evans (L) battles UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson during their Light Heavyweight fight at UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans at the MGM Grand Hotel on May 29, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images)
When former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans gets a 205-pound title shot, he likes to keep it. Even if it means indefinitely riding the pine while the division sorts itself out.
Not this time.
While Evans awaits a clean bill of health, Jon Jones will go ahead and defend his strap in the main event of UFC 140, currently scheduled for Dec. 10, 2011, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
As a result, the Jones vs. Evans grudge match has once again been put on the back burner.
"Suga" recently had surgery to remove pins from his reconstructed hand following his UFC 133 win over Tito Ortiz last August. The timing of the surgery, as well as the mandatory recuperation period, prohibited Evans from starting a training camp in time to make the Dec. 10 contest.
And UFC President Dana White tells MMA Weekly the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 Champion will "probably" fight again before getting another shot at the belt.
"I told him that, 'you're the unluckiest guy I ever met.' Depending on the timing and how all this shit works out he will fight again. He wants to. He was like 'I'm not gonna sit around and wait again.' So he probably will (fight). We'll see how this whole thing goes down, we'll see what happens. Plus Jon Jones has fought four times in 10 months. It's crazy."
When Evans earned another crack at the crown in 2010, he decided to sit and wait for Mauricio Rua, who blew out his knee in his win over Lyoto Machida. White called him "insane" for not taking a fight while "Shogun" was hurt, informed him the window was closing on his title shot and blasted him with an "I told you so" moment following the UFC 128 fiasco.
Supportive boss is supportive.
Now it doesn't matter, as Evans apparently wants to keep busy. So who do you, as a fan, want to see him paired up with? What 205-pound match-ups for "Suga" intrigue you? Anyone think they'll try the Phil Davis fight again?