Actions Speak Louder than Words
In one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history, two former friends and training partners turned trash-talking rivals, will finally settle the score as words will no longer matter when the cage closes on UFC 145 in Atlanta, Georgia.
In the Main Event of this stacked card (to be broadcast at a cool sports bar near you), the Light Heavyweight belt will be on the line as the 205 lbs champion Jon "Bones" Jones will square off against former division champion "Suga" Rashad Evans.
Jones has burst onto the scene dismantling his opponents becoming the youngest champion in UFC history at just 24 years old. Finishing former strap holders Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Lyoto "the Dragon" Machida while defending his crown has been the ultimate statement that this kid is for real. Before the "Bones" phenomena, before he climbed the ranks to contender, Jones was fresh out of college and followed his wrestling passion to Jackson's MMA, the camp where he started studying and learning from one of the most well respected coaches in all of MMA, Greg Jackson.
Evans, 32 who's been around much longer also came out swinging since his The Ultimate Fighter 2 win (which is basically America's Next Top Model for fighters). He's had a string of 'Knockout of the Night' performances, including a devastating K.O to Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell. He was a member of Team Jackson when Jones arrived on the scene. Paired as sparring partners, Jones and Evans created a bond, a friendship that was supposed to last forever. It will be more than a little bit of brotherly love tonight when the two lock horns in the square circle on the worlds biggest stage.
Jon Jones replaced Rashad Evans at UFC 128 to fight for the title against Shogun Rua, when Evans was sidelined with an injury. It had been only six weeks prior that Jones beat Ryan Bader, but Jones went on to claim the belt and the rest is history. Now Evans wants his belt back and he has go through his old sparring partner to get it, truly a great storyline. If you wanna see a good fight tonight not on ice? Where the only headshots you can't give are to the back of the head on a downed opponent? UFC 145 is happening tonight and it's going to be explosive.
Posted by jen at Saturday, April 21, 2012