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Morning Report: Jon Jones says his beef with Rashad Evans is over but he couldn’t trust him to be a training partner

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Former teammates and UFC light heavyweight champions Jon Jones and Rashad Evans have put their feud behind them but Jones doesn’t believe they will train together again.

Jon Jones is willing to build bridges between himself and Rashad Evans, but it seems that training together is a bridge too far.

Four years ago yesterday, Jon Jones and Rashad Evans stepped inside the cage to settle a feud years in the making, and on the line was the UFC light heavyweight championship.

The back story was promotional gold. Jones and Evans had been training partners at the legendary Jackson-Winklejohn camp in Albuquerque, N.M.. Jones was the upstart novice to MMA with worlds of potential; Evans was the former champion and still highly ranked competitor trying to get back to the belt he lost to Lyoto Machida. The two were friends and teammates, the term ‘brother’ was thrown around. Then Jones won the title, and their relationship deteriorated. They fought at UFC 145 in 2012 with Jones winning convincingly.

Since then, Evans has had a rough go of it in the cage. He is 2-3 in his last 5 fights and last weekend he was knocked out in the first round by Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC on Fox 19. After the loss, Evans was noticeably emotional and the talk began in earnest about whether Evans would ever fight again.

Considering their rivalry, and Jones’s proclivity for social media gaffes, one might have expected Jones to do something he couldn’t do to Evans when they fought for the title, and kick Evans when he’s down. But on the contrary, after Evans’s loss to Teixeira Jones offered encouragement to his former rival. On Twitter, he commented that he felt bad for Evans losing in the manner that he did. ….View full article

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