A report today alleges that Jon Jones and Rashad Evans were involved in an altercation at Las Vegas nightclub ‘Surrender’ on Wednesday night.
The former team-mates were in town for the UFC Fighters Summit this week, and according to the Las Vegas Journal Review, “They got into a heated squabble that turned physical.”
UFC welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre was also at the club when the incident took place, and he separated the two rivals before the situation escalated further.
Jones and Evans relationship has soured since ‘Bones’, the current light-heavyweight champion, agreed to fight his friend, something that Evans claims they swore never to do.
Since then bad blood has grown between the two, and earlier this week Evans recounted another tense meeting between the two last month at UFC 129 in Canada.
“I seen him in Toronto and walked by him and he looked at me and said “What you lookin’ at?’ and I said “What you lookin’ at?” Then he said “You a clown!” and I said “You a clown!” and that was it….it was nothing,” Evans recalls.
It appears that last night’s confrontation went a step further, but steered just clear of a major incident.
All this is nothing new to the former 205lb champ Evans who was involved in a similar incident in a Vegas club with his other bitter rival Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson back in February which ended with him being slapped before he retaliated in similar fashion.
Despite the animosity that exists between those two dating back to their time coaching on The Ultimate Fighter Season 10, Evans has said in the past week that he has more respect for Rampage than he does for Jones, despite the fact the two were once friends.
A title fight between Jones and Evans had been planned for later this year, but an injury to the champion put the match-up on the backburner with Evans now scheduled to fight Phil Davis instead.