"I respect Dana White a lot and if that's what he absolutely wanted to happen then, you know, I guess that's what would have to happen. Me or Rashad would not want to get fired over the situation. It would just be majorly awkward for us. Rashad and I have a lot in common; we're both young, African-American men with families, we both like to sing and have fun, we're both elite MMA fighters, I mean we have a LOT in common. We really clicked really well and there is just so many other great fighters in the world that we could compete against. And we're not animals, we're friends and we're people, we're human beings. I just would hate to have to fight my own teammate. I would never want to."
And the plot thickens. Speculation will continue to run rampant regarding the potential problem presented by Jon Jones and Rashad Evans fighting at such a high level in the same weight class. Because when two guys do as well as they both have, eventually their paths will cross -- and if things work out the way the way Team Greg Jackson wants them to, "Bones" could very well be the 205-pound titleholder after his bout against Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 in just two weeks on March 19. And for all intents and purposes, Evans is still technically the number one contender to that very same belt. However, "Suga" has remained steadfast in his refusal to fight any of his friends or training partners; to which they all responded in kind. This time though, when asked by Ariel Helwani if he would take the fight were it ever offered to him, Jones, in a somewhat shocking twist, remarked that if UFC President Dana White said it absolutely had to happen then he would sign on the dotted line. Not because he would want to, but because he wouldn't want to lose his job over it. Far be it from me to think the world's largest fight promotion would do such a thing but it's clearly something weighing on the mind of one of the companies youngest and brightest stars. Surely this is music to the bossman's ears, as he's been fighting the good fight for years on this issue. But how does Evans feel after hearing this? Your move, Rashad.