This weekend’s fight between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans has already proved to be one of the more emotive of recent times. The pair are polarising figures and that has translated into two partisan fanbases who have a strong desire to see the other man lose.
Anticipation for this fight has been building for a long time as well - several previous attempts to make the match ended in failure - and UFC president Dana White is as keen to see the clash as anyone else.
“The light heavyweight division has always been a special weight class in the UFC and the Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans match could be the biggest fight at 205lbs in years. The last time we had a 205lbs title fight with this much emotion and excitement around it was the second Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz fight in December of 2006,” he says.
“Jon Jones is a freak of nature in mixed martial arts. Here’s a guy who got into the UFC after only a couple of years of training, came right out and started beating top guys using spinning elbows and all these other crazy moves, and he then wins the UFC title at only 23 years old.
“Jones is already on his way to being one of the best fighters to ever hold the UFC light heavyweight belt, which is phenomenal if you look at the killers who’ve held this belt.”
“But anyone who counts Rashad Evans out of this fight is out of their mind. Look at what he has done: he won the Ultimate Fighter as a heavyweight, then not only beat - but stopped - champions like Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, and also beat top contenders like Michael Bisping, “Rampage” Jackson, and Phil Davis.
“He’s been in the UFC since 2005. It is 2012 now, and in that time he’s lost once. Rashad Evans is the most underrated fighter in the entire sport. No-one can deny he is one of the best fighters, pound-for-pound in the world… I’m pumped for Jones v Evans. This is going to be historic fight for the division on April 21.”