With one gigantic left hand, courtesy of Glover Teixeira at UFC on FOX 19 this past Saturday night, Rashad Evans said goodbye to his light heavyweight title ambitions.
The former UFC champion is currently recovering from what he described as an “embarrassing” performance against the Brazilian, failing to make it to the second round of their five-round bout.
Unexpectedly, his former bitter rival Jon Jones passed on some words of encouragement through social media this week, saying he “felt really bad” for his former teammate.
Yeah, I actually felt really bad for him. I'm sure he trained really hard for that fight https://t.co/LXrXzatH2G
— BONY (@JonnyBones) April 17, 2016
Jones also took to Instagram and agreed with a statement made by Brian Stann on the UFC on FOX 19 post-fight show, but removed the post shortly after.
“Stann’s absolutely right, keep your head up Evans. In my eyes you’ll always be a legend of the sport, you’re a great champion and always will be.
“Our fight records aren’t what defines us, it’s about the journey we are courageous enough to be on. Stay in the race my brother,” Jones said in the now deleted post.
Jones and Evans used to be training partners at Jackson-Wink MMA before Evans left to create his own gym, the Blackzilians; with both of them eventually colliding at UFC 145 where Jones won by unanimous decision and successfully defended his light heavyweight title.
While Evans licks his wounds and re-evaluates his fighting career, Jones is preparing for an interim light heavyweight title fight against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 later this month. Preux stepped in on short notice following the withdrawal of current champion Daniel Cormier due to injury.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena
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