Jones took the title from Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 in March. The title shot was to have gone to Jones' then-teammate Rashad Evans, but Evans had to pull out with an injured knee and Jones was offered the shot after beating Ryan Bader at UFC 126.
Evans and Jones had trained together at Greg Jackson's MMA camp in New Mexico until Jones agreed to fight Evans in an interview. Evans reacted angrily and ended up leaving Jackson's camp entirely for Imperial Athletics in Florida. Evans will be taking wrestling coach Mike Van Arsdale with him.
Greg Jackson has promised to have nothing to do with the bout but Jackson MMA striking coach Mike Winkeljohn has made no bones about training Jones to beat Evans. Winkeljohn spoke to MMA Fighting:
"I'm positive I'm going to be working with Jon Jones because, well, the kid didn't do anything wrong. We have a good relationship."
"But in my mind, if I was fired by Rashad, I don't think I should take myself out of another job just because I used to work with the guy that fired me.
"Rashad lost to Machida, and he basically left. I know he left me, so that's how I feel. Choosing sides? I don't know if that's the term for it, but he made that choice. I didn't make that choice."
There is as yet no information about what event will feature Jones vs Evans, where it will be held or when exactly. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for updates.