Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has been preparing new training partner Vitor Belfort for current champion Jon Jones ahead of this weekend's showdown at UFC 152. Belfort comes in to this fight as one of the biggest underdogs in the history of the UFC, but Evans doesn't see it that way no matter what the bookies say. Evans was interviewed by MMA Weekly about his role in coaching Belfort at Blackzilians as well as his chances against Jon Jones:
"I probably know a lot more about Jon Jones than most people and have such insight, so Vitor asked me to be his righthand man in preparation for the fight," Evans told MMAWeekly.com.
"I think it’s a huge mistake to consider him an underdog because this is an MMA fight," said Evans. "You’ve seen some of the most dramatic finishes and upsets in this sport. It only takes a second. Anyone at this elite level, no matter what your rank, has a chance to beat someone. It may be your night; it may not be your night."
More quotes after the jump.
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Evans is not only confident that Belfort will pull off the upset, but believes that the KO artist can add Jon Jones to hist list of victims.
"I definitely think Vitor can knock him out. Vitor has probably the fastest hands I’ve seen in MMA, and besides that, he has the power behind it too. If you look at all his experience, he’s been doing this since Jon Jones was like in the third grade. He has been doing this a long time," Evans commented.
As far as a potential rematch down the road with Bones, Evans is sure he will get one.
"I’m positive we will fight again at 205, maybe in a year or so, but we’ll fight again," Evans said about a rematch with Jones.
Evans fought Jones this past April, and despite his inside knowledge through extensive time together at Jackson's MMA, he was unable to mount any serious offense and found himself on the wrong end of a one-sided decision. A Belfort win would be a bigger upset than Serra vs. GSP, in my opinion. Jones has beaten nothing but fighters with much more experience than him, and has done so convincingly.
But as Rashad said, it's MMA, and as tiresome a cliche as it sounds in any sport, anything can happen.