Rashad Evans says the decision to pit Chael Sonnen as Jon Jones' next challenge for his light heavyweight title is a 'good' one for the sport of MMA and "The American Gangster" will not only bring it to "Bones" in the trash-taking department, but in the fighting, too.
Rashad Evans, on the other hand, not so much.
In fact, the former 205-pound kingpin feels the complete opposite as "Hendo," saying the match-up between "Bones" and "The American Gangster," which takes place next April after the two complete their duties as coaches on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), is actually ‘good' for MMA because it provides an ‘excitement' factor for the promotion.
Evans, who knows both competitors quite well, having trained with Jones before and coming up short against him at UFC 145, says Chael, who often serves alongside "Suga" as colleagues for their FUEL TV broadcasting duties, is more than capable of taking the fight to the young champion.
Appearing on a recent edition of "The MMA Hour," Evans explained why having Sonnen challenge for the title isn't as bad a thing as many are making it out to be:
"I mean you know what, I think it's good for the sport. There needs to be some excitement, something to happen. I think Chael has what it takes to not only bring it as far as talking, but he can actually bring it when the fight comes, too. It's going to be interesting and exciting to see what happens. You have Jon Jones, one of the greatest champions in the making in the history of the UFC and he gets a chance to beat up somebody he don't like. We all gotta fight and be on the contracts and stuff like that, but, it makes it that much better when you don't like somebody and then you get to beat them up. So, it should be interesting to see what happens. This show, TUF, is probably going to be really crazy."
Rashad went on to say even though he and "Bones" aren't the best of friends anymore, they are ‘respectful' with one another and there is no animosity between the two former training partners.
Evans also confirmed he will indeed swing leather against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 156 on Super Bowl Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, in an intriguing light heavyweight showdown. A win for Evans could inch him closer to another title shot against either Sonnen or Jones.
How about it Maniacs, are you on Team Henderson or Team Evans as far as Zuffa's matchmaking decisions go?