The last several months, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (above, right) has presented his case to the media like a court-appointed attorney. All of the evidence has shown that he has no shot at winning his case (fight), but if he can show a reasonable doubt, he might have a chance.
Jonathan Dwight Jones vs. Rashad Anton Evans will take place at UFC 145 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on April 21.
All of the physical evidence is overwhelming and in favor for Mr. Jones. The champion, Jon Jones (left), has destroyed every top contender and former champion he has faced in the octagon.
Case in point:
Ryan Bader was an undefeated (12-0) fighter at the time he fought Jones. Let the evidence show that he suffered his first loss, by submission, in less than two rounds.
Mauricio Rua was the champion at the time he fought Jones. Many considered him one of the top light heavyweights ever to fight in the UFC. Let it be shown that he was TKO'd due to strikes for the first time in his 24-fight career.
Quinton Jackson came into the fight with no injuries or no excuses, but left the cage after submitting for the first time since 2001. Jackson had fought 27 fights since he last lost by submission. Let the evidence show that Jackson was a common opponent of Mr. Evans and Mr. Jones.
An injured Jackson went the distance against Evans in one of the most disappointing, over-hyped main events in UFC history. Both fighters engaged in a war of words on The Ultimate Fighter 10 reality series. Each week, their banter overshadowed the fighters. The ratings were great, the exchanges were memorable, but their fight itself was a disappointment. I equate it to saving your biggest firework for the finale on the Fourth of July and lighting it, only for it to be a dud.
Lyoto Machida was another common opponent of both fighters. Let’s look at exhibit 'A,' which shows that Mr. Evans held the light heavyweight championship belt less than 3 years ago. At UFC 98, in walked undefeated Lyoto Machida, a karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter from Brazil. In less than nine minutes, Mr. Evans would taste defeat for the first time in his career when he was KO'd (the hell out) by Machida.
In Mr. Jones' last fight, he fought Machida with the championship belt on the line. But this time Machida could only dream of winning. He was put to sleep by Mr. Jones in little over nine minutes by a devastating guillotine choke in the second round. Let the evidence show that this was the first time Machida had ever submitted in his career.
Before we award Mr. Jones, let’s see what Mr. Evans has as his defense.
His key piece of evidence is that he held Jon Jones down in practice one day and he wouldn’t let him escape and Mr. Jones was “crying” because he wouldn’t let him up.
So, Mr. Evans held Mr. Jones down in practice.
Do you have a response, Mr. Jones?
In the words of Allen Iverson, “We're in here talking about practice. I mean listen, we're talking about practice. Not a game, not a game, not a game -- we're talking about practice. Not a game. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it's my last. Not the game. We're talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that? We're talking about practice.”
Make your case for the winner.