It has been one of the UFC's most heated feuds. When Rashad Evans was preparing for his fight against Muricio 'Shogun' Rua for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title, he suffered an injury and was forced out. There, Jon Jones stepped in for his then teammate Evans, and walked away from UFC 128 as the youngest ever UFC champion.
This caused a massive spark between the two. Greg Jackson, both men's coaches, was prepared to stay neutral from the two if they met. This angered Rashad, who had been training with Jackson for much longer than the young champion and sparked his decision to leave the gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Since then, they have been in dispute with each other, peaking when the two were headed to meet at UFC 145, which Jones won by decision. Rashad claimed that he used to bully Jones in training and hold him down with his then apprentice begging for Rashad to get off him.
However, it seems that the pair have settled their differences. On Friday, prior to Jones' title win over Glover Teixeira, the pair were pictured together, smiling in what seemed a very over-due catch up.
After this, Jones stated that he missed Rashad. Talking to Ariel Helwani, Jones stated:
"I saw Rashad [Evans] and I honestly missed him. It was weird. I just missed him. The guy was definitely like a role model in a way when I first started off and I'll always remember looking up to him.
"Even though we have fought, it is so long in the past now and I legitimately missed him."
Although Jones does miss his former training partner, it is unlikely they will again train together. Evans is still very much at the top of the Light Heavyweight division, after most recently defeating Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson.
The fight between the two at UFC 145 was very one sided in the favour of Jones but 'Suga' is still adamant the outcome would reverse if they met again.
However, Rashad may be waiting a while if he does want the fight. The Light Heavyweight Champion next meets Alexander Gustaffson in their anticipated rematch. Further, Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson are scheduled to meet in a number one contenders fight to meet the winner of Jones and Gustaffson.
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