Rashad Evans understands the reasoning behind Jones vs. MachidaPosted on October 6, 2011, 04:45 PM by Trent Reinsmith
Yesterday there was some speculation that UFC 140’s main event would feature the long awaited bout between current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans. When UFC President Dana White got wind of that talk he quickly put it to rest, flatly stating, via Twitter, “Don't listen to these HACK s**t websites!! Jones vs Evans is not true.”
Earlier today White announced the fight that was going to headline the December 10 card, Jones versus another former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Lyoto Machida.
Rashad Evans, who looked like he would be in next in line to face Jones, offered his take on the turn of events, "After my last fight against Tito Ortiz, I dislocated my right thumb, which required it to be set back in place and held with pins. 24 hours ago, my physician removed the pins. At that time, I learned that it would require another three weeks of rehabilitation before engaging in any exercise or training that would require the use of my hand.
Dana White and I spoke earlier today, and I fully understand his decision to put Machida against Jones for the title at UFC 140. Given the rehabilitation time I require for my dislocated thumb, I would not be 100 percent ready by December 10. The UFC has to keep making fights that entertain the fans. I would have done the same thing as Dana in his position. I'm asking for the fans to support me as I rehabilitate my hand, and I promise I will be back fighting very quickly."
Further Reading: Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida set to headline UFC 140 in December
Photo: Rashad Evans during UFC 108 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 2, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker