UFC 145 was originally slotted for March 24, 2012 at the Bell Centre in Montreal; however, was later pulled due to what some sources claim was an inability on behalf of the UFC to sign a champion for the title fight, and what others refer to as a “scheduling conflict.” Whatever the real reason the general public will never know, but it is my suspicion that this change was a direct result of GSP’s second knee injury sustained during training in December, 2011. With GSP being the Canadian poster boy for UFC and a Quebec native, it would be unlikely the fans would be as responsive to a bout showcasing the interim title holder with the true champion sidelined. That being said, it would be no shock to see GSP face Condit to defend his title at UFC 154 in Montreal, scheduled for November 17, 2012.
We’re all itching to see GSP return to the octagon, but let’s move on to the main fight on the card for the rescheduled event on April 21, 2012: Jones vs. Evans. It’s no secret that Jones and Evans have a colourful history, but in a recent interview on CSS, Jones claimed that the fight will not be personal, to which Evans mocked him retorting, “Of course it’s going to be personal.” With the young champion seeming very confident, and taking into account not only his extreme versatility as a fighter, but also the history of the light heavyweight title since Evans first took the belt from Griffin in December, 2008, I think it’s a safe assumption that Jones is going to stomp Evans flat.
Without ever even defending his title, Evans lost the belt to Lyoto Machida on May 23, 2009 after receiving a vicious barrage of strike after strike resulting in a knock out, and reducing Evans to a smudge on the surface of the octagon. The Dragon then went on to face Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC 104 in Los Angeles, and won by a questionable and controversial decision which led to the scheduling of an almost immediate re-match. Shogun answered with amazing force and precision capturing the title with a first round KO, and handing Machida his first defeat as a MMA fighter. Almost a full year later, Shogun lost the belt to a hungry, young Jon “Bones” Jones in a fight that showcased just how much of MMA powerhouse Jones is, putting him in a league of his own and making Shogun look like an amature.
Putting all this together in the simplest way possible, if Evans was so easily defeated by Machida, and Machida by Shogun and Jones wiped the floor with both The Dragon and the defending light heavyweight champ, what possible chance does Evans stand? I like a good underdog tale as much as the next person, but unless Evans has been doing some serious training, and has developed skills we have yet to see him bring to the table, I think he stands to get spanked by Jones…and not in a fun way.
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Written by Amanda Gloster
I'm a small town girl with a double science major, a part time cashier job, a million purses and a dirty little sports addiction! I grew up as one of the guys and it's never changed...on the inside at least. On the outside I'm a complete girly girl, but don't let the french-tipped nails and stilettos fool you, I'm just as comfortable shopping as I am yelling and throwing doritos at the ref on TV for a garbage call like the rest of you ;)