Jon Jones may now have a new opponent in Lyoto Machida to focus on, but while reacting to the UFC 140 fight announcement yesterday he couldn’t resist taking a pot-shot at the man who was expected to face him next – Rashad Evans.
Earlier this week Evans cast the first stone when he claimed Jones would pull out of their fight.
“Watch him be like ‘Oh my foot is hurt’ or something like that to try and get out of this fight to try and make me fight somebody else,” Evans told ProMMARadio. “When it comes down to it, the kid, he doesn’t want it.”
As it turned out, just days later it emerged that Evans himself wouldn’t be able to fight due to the fact that a hand injury suffered during his last fight wouldn’t heal quickly enough to give him a full training camp.
Naturally Jones was only too keen to point this out.
“Rashad, predicting that I would say no, he kind of kicked himself in the butt because I said yes, he turns around and says, ‘Oh, I didn’t expect Jon to say yes. I don’t want to fight him that soon.’ Jones states in an interview with MMAfighting.
“So in reality, he’s kind of the one who’s ducking the fight. I feel like he’s ducking the fight.”
There’s definitely a certain irony to how things have turned out after Evans comments, though in a statement since the fight was announced the former champion was keen to stress that it was Dana White who made the final decision.