You all know the story of Jon Jones and Rashad Evans. The two were great friends at one point, then bitter rivals. At UFC 145, Jones reigned supreme, thoroughly dominating his former friend. There wasn't much said between the two after the event, but now, Rashad has made a move towards ending their rivalry.
In a recent interview on The MMA Hour, Rashad was very complimentary of Jones, and explained his role coaching Vitor Belfort for the fight with him. He said that Vitor definitely has a chance at beating him, but it was interesting to see him note that Jones is a "phenomenal fighter."
Even more interesting, he also went on to talk about Jones on a more personal level, talking about why Jones may be so disliked by some MMA fans, and complimenting Jones' "real" personality:
"Being who he truly is, is not a guy who is disliked. He can actually be a good person, but I think him slipping back and forth between the person he thinks people want him to be and who he truly is has really messed him up."
Now we see Rashad echoing what a lot of others have already said about Jones. He's constantly been accused of being fake, and Rashad is now saying that he really is a likable guy beyond his public image.
Evans even went as far as to suggest that he'd help Jones if he were to ask:
"Of course, if he ever needed me for anything, I'll be there to talk to him and to help him out if he needs it. And I don't know everything there is to know about life, either, so if there's something i have a problem with, I'm sure I can learn from him, too."
Some very kind words from a former rival. It'll be interesting to see Rashad's role leading up to and after Jones' fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 152. It could be very possible that the two come back together, and both have a lot they can learn from one another.