After a remarkable performance that saw Jon Jones seize the UFC light heavyweight championship from Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Ru this evening, it wasn’t long before the subject of his first title defense was being broached.
The 23 year-old barely had a chance to savor the moment before his team-mate Rashad Evans stepped into the cage to confirm that he would be his next opponent.
Both men looked edgy and uncomfortable as Joe Rogan asked them for their thoughts on the fight, but despite previously having vowed not to fight each other, they accepted that this was a match-up that had to happen.
“We are teammates. I’ve sparred with him and he’s sparred with me,” Jones said. “This my dream and this is everything I believe in. And I know God wouldn’t lead me this far, to leave me, so I gotta do exactly what I have to do.”
“I guess you should never say never,” Evans admitted.
Evans had originally been scheduled to face Shogun this evening before a knee injury forced him to withdraw and Jones to take his place.