Moments after dismantling Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128 to become the new Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones was immediately greeted by his first challenger, former friend and teammate Rashad Evans. In the weeks leading up to Saturday's bout, both "Bones" and Evans swore they would never fight one another. Its a policy that most Jackson's MMA fighters have strictly adhered to in the past. However, just days ahead of the biggest fight of Jones' professional career, "never" became "possibly," and "possibly" has now officially become "certainly." Though head coach of the Albuquerque, New Mexico gym, Greg Jackson, has stated a preference to have no involvement in the match-up, Evans has made it clear that he is "done with Jackson's." With little explanation offered regarding the sudden change of heart, the former champ took to his Twitter account following last night's event:
"Many of u probably already seen that I got offered the title shot & decided 2 take it. @jonnybones fought amazing! I'm very happy 4 him! ... With that said I can't wait 4 the chance 2 compete against him! I no longer will use Greg Jackson as my coach but we r still coo! 505 4life ... @Sam_Blackburn I will not use Greg ever again.. I really haven't used him in a while anyways.. In my last 2 fights I trained with him 5x's.. ... @pirushaccy no worries the fans r always like 2 me! But then they wait hrs 4 me 2 sign something or take a picture. They r fake! ... @danstrandberg Greg brought this situation about. He brought Jones on board a while back against my wishes & here we r today. ... @danstrandberg so I decided 2 leave Greg because I felt like he didn't have my best interest anymore. Greg is not the same coach he use 2 b. ... I know @jonnybones style well cuz we trained 2gether & he knows mine. Now it's just a matter of who payed more attention or held back more."
While the remarks raise more questions than answers, its apparent that there is more to the story than what has been told. Where Evans will train for the title bout is also unclear at this time. Grudge Training Center has been suggested as a possible alternative, but is a close affiliate of Jackson's. Stay tuned to LowKick for more info as it becomes available.