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Rashad Evans former striking coach, going to continue to work with Jon Jones in preparation for title defense

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Mike Winklejohn tells MMA Fighting that Rashad hasn't used him as his striking coach since the Machida loss. Winklejohn had been Evans striking coach in all his fights prior to him losing his title. Winklejohn tried to reach out to Evans after the fight, but their relationship just drifted apart. So Winklejohn then started working with Jon Jones more frequently, and will continue to prepare him for his first title defense. Winklejohn feels the sides have been chosen, and feels no guilt preparing Jones for Evans.

Winklejohn talks about the Machida loss, and explains the fallout

"He just had one of those nights where he didn't perform anywhere close to what he was capable of. All fighters have those nights. It just happens. He had a bad night, the night was over, and maybe I made a mistake by not consoling him enough. I know that I was the type who, when I lost a fight, I just wanted to be left alone. I kind of misread that a little bit, but he just didn't do any of our game plan at all. Then he left. He went on the 'Ultimate Fighter' show, he didn't call, and that was it. Then Jon Jones comes in. But in my mind, if I was fired by Rashad, I don't think I should take myself out of another job just because I used to work with the guy that fired me."

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