Rashad Evans has said that he won't be helping Jon Jones prepare for his upcoming fight against Daniel Cormier, despite the former teammates settling their differences.
After a well publicised fall out back in 2012, the two fighters eventually buried the hatchet over a phone call in April of this year. However, Evans has said that it wasn't enough for him to work with Jones.
No help for either friend
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Evans spoke of his long friendship with Cormier that means he wouldn't be comfortable working with Jones but also said that he wouldn't be helping Cormier either.
"I couldn't do it. Like I said, I have no problem with Jon, but at the same time, there's a couple of factors in the way. One, I have an outstanding relationship with DC. I've known DC since college and the beginning of his career and everything else like that. I can't see myself giving away any kind of inside information on DC." He explained.
"I couldn't give away game plans or what I would do and it's just because, not only that, we all may compete against each other. I would love a chance to get to fight Jon again. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a fighter and a champion and what he's done for the last few years. I definitely would like to get a crack at him again. I'm sure DC and I might cross paths as well in the cage again, too."
Who will he face when he returns?
Evans did note that Glover Teixeira is a fight that interests him, irrespective of whether or not he defeats Phil Davis in his next fight.
When would this fight be? Well Evans is hoping for February.
"I want to return in February," Evans said, since being on the proverbial bench from an injury he sustained in February of this year. "That's just me giving myself enough time to make sure that I feel comfortable getting back in there because I know when I get back in there, there's nothing but tough guys in my way. I'm definitely going to have a tough fight coming back. I want to be ready for that."
Whoever they have up there, whoever is ready for me, whoever they're going to put me up against, I'm ready for whatever."
But when asked about a fight with Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson, Evans said he couldn't fight his friend and Blackzillians teammate - wanting to avoid another situation like the one with Jones.
It poses a slight issue for the UFC as they need a top opponent for 'Rumble', who recently demolished Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in just 54 seconds at UFC on FOX 12, but it makes sense as teamfights rarely fight in the UFC.
It's likely that one of the two will get to face Teixeira in the near future. The Brazilian is a fresh matchup for the both of them and big test of their boxing.
Teixeira's patented counter right is what got him into a title shot against Jon Jones and although it was nullified well by Jones, it still posed a threat over the five rounds.
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