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Old 03-02-2011, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Coach Tells Evans He Should Be Willing to Fight Jones

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Trevor Wittman has advised Rashad Evans to fight teammate Jon Jones if Jones wins the UFC light heavyweight title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128.

Evans had been scheduled to challenge Rua at the March 19 event. When Evans sprained a ligament in his knee, however, Jones filled in as his replacement.

“Mentally, I know it’s a little rough for [Evans] to see one of the guys he made a pact with to not fight go out there and take his position,” said Wittman, who is the head coach at the Grudge Training Center, a Jackson’s MMA affiliate gym where Evans has trained. “… I had the conversation with Rashad that I felt Rashad should fight Jon Jones if he wins.”

Wittman does in fact think Jones will beat Rua. He believes the 23-year-old could become one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. However, Wittman doesn’t feel Jones should have moved into Evans’ spot.

“I feel Jon Jones could have been like, ‘Hey man, I’ll tell you what. I’m going to take another fight,’” Wittman said. “And let Rashad -- he’s not at the beginning of his career. He’s at the peak and the tail end of it. Let him go fight for it.”

Regardless, now that Jones could soon be the light heavyweight champion, Wittman sees no problem with the teammates fighting each other.

“It makes for a great fight,” he said. “I think Rashad’s got the speed to do it. I think it’s just one of those things [that] makes for great media. To see two guys go out there, you’re fighting to make a legacy. You’re going out there and fighting one of your training partners: I think it’s a great thing. I think it’s great for the sport. A lot of people think we’re just brutal guys that kick each other’s ass. If we’re not in that mindset of brutality, you should be able to fight your friends, especially if there’s a world title on the line.”

In Wittman’s view, it will hurt Evans if he isn’t willing to fight Jones.

“We’re in the gym. Do we pull our punches in the gym? Heck no. We’re in here and we’re fighting every day,” Wittman said. “I can understand if there’s nothing on the line, [then] heck no. But if Rashad -- this is my key point with it -- if Rashad steps back and … says, ‘I ain’t going to fight Jon Jones,’ he’s putting his family on the line. He’s putting his career on the line. Dana White already doesn’t like him. I don’t want to say Dana White doesn’t like him but doesn’t like the decisions he’s made, so he’s going to smear that all over the Internet. It’s going to be horrible for Rashad’s career.”

Wittman doesn’t think Evans should change weight classes if Jones becomes champ either. He pointed out that teammate Shane Carwin is one division up at heavyweight and teammate Nate Marquardt is one down at middleweight.

With that said, trainer Greg Jackson has praised Evans’ handling of the situation and recently described Evans and Jones as “really, really good friends” during a Sherdog Radio Network interview.

“I know Greg feels differently about it than I do,” Wittman said. “I love Greg to death. Everybody has their own ways on how they do things, and this is just my little thought on how it should work.”
The team mate fighting issue sure does divide the fans and the fighters/coaches. Good to hear what Trevor thinks.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thinking about it, if these guys agreed never to fight each other then Jones shouldn't have agreed to fight Shogun. Rashad is right there and has no where else to go other than MW because Jones couldn't wait a year or two. Both of them know Rashad wouldn't keep the belt for that long and Jones got years and years of fighting ahead of him.

Sure Rashad probably told him to take the fight but that's Rashad being humble. Jones should have stepped back and said I'll beat some more guys, gain some more experience, and fight for the title down the line.

Luckily for Rashad, Jones is too confident and is going to get mauled by Shogun.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This is almost funny. So you really thing JBJ should have turned down the fight? HELL NO!!! That would have been career ending for him as well. Rashad should man up and fight JBJ if he wants the belt. Well, if JBJ wins which is very possible. I give him a better chance than Rashad. You don't turn down a title fight without repercussions especially when the UFC needs you to step up.
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Thinking about it, if these guys agreed never to fight each other then Jones shouldn't have agreed to fight Shogun. Rashad is right there and has no where else to go other than MW because Jones couldn't wait a year or two. Both of them know Rashad wouldn't keep the belt for that long and Jones got years and years of fighting ahead of him.

Sure Rashad probably told him to take the fight but that's Rashad being humble. Jones should have stepped back and said I'll beat some more guys, gain some more experience, and fight for the title down the line.

Luckily for Rashad, Jones is too confident and is going to get mauled by Shogun.
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“I feel Jon Jones could have been like, ‘Hey man, I’ll tell you what. I’m going to take another fight,’” Wittman said. “And let Rashad -- he’s not at the beginning of his career. He’s at the peak and the tail end of it. Let him go fight for it.”

What kind of fairy tale world is he living in lol..
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Rashad got hurt and will be out for a significant time, its not a 2 week recovery period. Dana White needed a replacement and he basically gave JBJ no way of turning it down even if he wanted to, he told Joe Rogan to go in there right after a win and offer him a shot.

What is JBJ supposed to do on live TV? say he doesn't want it because Rashad is next in line after his recovery? that is detrimental to his career and will probably lose some fans of his.

Rashad had his chance at the belt, its not like he will be forced to move down to MW without ever getting a shot at the LHW title. If Rashad never had the opportunity to fight for the title, I could see how JBJ could have said he wants Rashad to make a run for the belt first since he is older, but even then its sketchy in this sport.

Dana White hates when fighters don't fight their team, it would even make him more angry if one of his next biggest stars declinded a title when no team member is currently holding it.
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Lol lets be honest here. The way the UFC approached Jon Jones for this title fight, there is NOOOO WAY Jon Jones was able to turn it down. Even if he didnt want it, the UFC put him on blast. He had to take the fight...
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Sure Rashad probably told him to take the fight but that's Rashad being humble.
Rashad didn't tell him anything.
The UFC made the decision to give Jones the title shot that night, in case he would have beaten Bader. Wich he did.
Jones had no idea about getting the shot, untill Rogan told him.

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Jones should have stepped back and said I'll beat some more guys, gain some more experience, and fight for the title down the line.
NO F__in way!
Pass on the opportunity to fight for the title??!
Every fighter's objective is to become a champion!

The "gain more experience" quote doesn't work in situations like this.
99% of the fighters would have accepted the challenge of fighting against Shogun.

And another thing: the "fight for the title down the line" expression is even more out of place in this case.
Rashad, out of all people, waited one year for the title shot and look what happened. he could have fought someone else in the meantime, maybe for an interim title and who knows what would have happened.

In life you gotta grab every opportunity that comes your way and try to make the best out of it.

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Luckily for Rashad, Jones is too confident and is going to get mauled by Shogun.
That remains to be seen.....Mr. Hiro.


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“I feel Jon Jones could have been like, ‘Hey man, I’ll tell you what. I’m going to take another fight,’” Wittman said. “And let Rashad -- he’s not at the beginning of his career. He’s at the peak and the tail end of it. Let him go fight for it.”
What kind of fairy tale world is he living in lol..
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Lol lets be honest here. The way the UFC approached Jon Jones for this title fight, there is NOOOO WAY Jon Jones was able to turn it down. Even if he didnt want it, the UFC put him on blast. He had to take the fight...
I was thinking the same thing. To offer it to him right there after the Bader fight. Never in a billion years is he going to say anything but "f*uck yes".

If had he had a chance to go home, and talk to his coaches/team about the offer... he still would have said yes.

When it comes down to it, when titles are on the line, you do it. You might not like it, but to live the rest of your life wondering "what if?"... that shit would eat up inside.
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Great articel. Thanks ridiculous one for this + rep

I am not a Dana White fan but in this case I think like him.

A fight is a fight. I would fight a friend. This is a sport. They are all professional fighters, it is not a dirty fight in a parking lot.

So get in there, fight like a man and after that have a beer or a water and everything is good.

Its the same in every sport I guess...would you not drive past your opponent that also might be a friend in a Nascar race or Formula 1? Break for friends?
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I was thinking the same thing. To offer it to him right there after the Bader fight. Never in a billion years is he going to say anything but "f*uck yes".

If had he had a chance to go home, and talk to his coaches/team about the offer... he still would have said yes.

When it comes down to it, when titles are on the line, you do it. You might not like it, but to live the rest of your life wondering "what if?"... that shit would eat up inside.
"What if?!....." - that is one of the hardest question to ask yourself...and usually it's a sign of regret.

Life is all about the choices you make. Taking chances.
And in this sport, today, you gotta take every chance you get, because you never know when you'll get another one.

I know, because i am asking myself the "what if?!..." question, more and more these days... (regarding a certain subject)
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