Rashad Evans knows ‘for a fact’ that he won’t lose to Jon Jones if they fight again

Scott Cunningham

A confident Rashad Evans says he knows "for a fact" that he won’t lose to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones again, should he find himself face-to-face against his former training partner inside the Octagon.

While everybody is switching weight classes like it's going out of style, one mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter is staying put.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans says he isn't going to be bolting down to the middleweight division anytime soon.

Unless, of course, something "big" comes along that makes him reconsider.

Until then, "Suga" is staying put and assures Bleacher Report that he isn't going to drop down to a lighter weight class to avoid a second fight against 205-pound champion Jon Jones. In fact, Evans says he would love nothing more than to get another crack at "Bones."

His words:

"I'm staying at 205 until there's something big at 185 that makes more sense than 205, but I've been a light heavyweight for the longest time, so it's hard just to make that jump down without some good reason. It's like why do that when I don't need to cut? I'm already in a position where I'm pretty high ranked in my weight division, and I'm not worried about fighting (Jon) Jones, I'm not afraid to fight Jones. I think that I can beat Jones. It's not something like 'Oh Jones is at 205 maybe I should move weight classes that way I can get a belt.' Hell no, I want to fight Jones."

The two former training partners went toe-to-toe at UFC 145 in April of 2012, with Jones getting the better of Evans, earning a unanimous decision victory. And while the feud seems to have cooled off, Rashad would love another chance to face "Bones."

And he won't lose the second time around.

That's a fact:

"I would love to have a few more rounds with Jon. Jon is a fighter, he's a great fighter, one of the best I've ever seen, one of the best I've ever competed against. I'd like to challenge myself to get a chance to fight him, it would be amazing. I know for sure, for a fact, this time if I fight him, I won't be walking away with a loss."

Evans recently got back on the winning track when by defeating Dan Henderson at UFC 161 this past June. Prior to that, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 2 winner had suffered back-to-back losses to the aforementioned Jones and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Jones, meanwhile, is set to defend his title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 on Sept. 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While Evans looks forward to a rematch against the champ, he'll need to rack up a few more impressive wins in a very competitive light heavyweight division.

Title fight or not, does a second fight between Evans and Jones interest you?

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