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Rashad Evans Leaves Jacksons

HISTORY2011-03-22 18:26:03 +0000 #1
Wow, this is very interesting


A rumor first started circulating a few days ago that former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans had left Greg Jackson’s team. The news was easily passed off as it made it’s way to the popular mixed martial arts forum, The Underground.

I’ve received confirmation from one source, who appears to be valid, that Rashad did in fact leave Jackson’s MMA.

Evans has been spotted recently with a variety of fighters who once called American Top Team their home and Evans even posted a picture with the caption, “Trained 4 the first time since the injury.. I felt good! I trained with Yuri Villefort, & JZ Calavante @ Imperial! Good times!”

If Evans did indeed leave Team Jackson, it will be interesting to see the effect it has on the team and why he made the decision. I’m curious to know if the injury conspiracy theory or Jon Jones receiving Evans’ title shot has anything to do with the move. It will also be important to see if any fighters follow Evans, who was one of the camps leaders, out the door.

Cage Pages is still looking into the news and will have more as the story develops.

UPDATE: Rashad’s trainer, Glenn Robinson, told, “[Evans] hasn’t decided what he is going to do with training,” Robinson said. According to Robinson, Rashad is waiting to see what happens with the Shogun-Jon Jones fight before determining his next move.

It's not a bullshit source, apparently it's updated and confirmed. Rumour says Jones was a cocky bitch.

Who will he go train with now?

HISTORY2011-03-22 18:28:41 +0000 #2

Rashad Evans on "Suga and Pep" segment of Pro MMA Radio:

I've been enjoying Rashad in his new role on PMR every week. His candor and honesty have been pretty refreshing and he didn't mince words tonight. Someone asked for the "cliff notes" version on one of the other threads so I figured I'd relisten and put it together for you guys.

Rashad had a few key things to say during the segment:

- Jones signed up at Jackson's under the proviso that he would NEVER fight any of the other Jackson's fighters.

- Rashad talked with Jones after the interview he gave where Jones said that he would fight him. Rashad was very surprised. Jones had never expressed this. The interview was pretaped and Rashad never received a call or text alerting him to it. His reaction on ESPN was one of surprise when he said "I'm not a punk; if he says he'll fight me, I'll fight him."

- They had a conversation afterward and Rashad left feeling like there was more that needed to be discussed...this bridge would be crossed when it needed to be.

- Rashad was asked about Jones' frustrated comments on the media conference call where Jones first said he wouldn't be taking Rashad into the cage with him though he was his friend and went on to say: "I have a lot of people outside of Rashad who I can draw energy and power from and they'll all be with me."

- "That does sound a little bit cold-blooded", Rashad replied after hearing the above quote. "Jon's a young guy and when you're a young guy sometimes you talk a little too fast for your brain to keep up...I don't think it's acceptable at all. I don't think it's something I'd say."

- Next, this Jones quote was brought up by Pepe: "I absolutely hate when people mention Rashad Evans, especially throughout this training camp....for people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now...I think it's ludicrous. Rashad is not in my mind, he's not in my being, he has absolutely zero to do with my heart and who I am right now. This guy has nothing to do with Shogun and from here on out, I don't think I'll answer a question about Rashad."

- Rashad replied with "it sounds like he wants to fight, huh? Those sound like fighting words". He went on to say, "Ya know, I don't know how to judge the kid. It's kinda messed up, to be honest. Ya know, I can't control what anyone else says and it sounds to me like he's a little bit insecure about the whole thing. Sometimes when you open your mouth you show what you're afraid of more than anything. I don't know why he has such an adverse response like that to me. I've never challenged him or made him feel like he should do that sort of thing. It sounds to me -- if I was out of the situation -- that he was feeling insecure about me [not Shogun responding to Pepe's point]."

- Rashad goes on to point out fairly eloquently about how you have to answer reporters' questions to the best of your ability. You can't just expect to not talk about a situation where you stepped in for a friend and training partner in a title fight who was injured. He does say that that made Jon "sound like a baby".

- When asked to rank his feelings toward fighting Jones on a scale of 1-10, Rashad didn't say how likely he would be to fight Jon but said his mind is very open to it because of how things have gone. He's finding out that his teammate may fight him over TV and that this is not how things are done. Out of respect to the coach and Jon, he'll talk to them before he pulls the trigger.

- Rashad says that he's been working a lot with Trevor Wittman over the last few camps. Trevor is his guy and he's been spending time with him including the last 2 camps. By the way Rashad is talking, it seems like he doesn't have a problem fighting his training partners; that he agrees with Trevor. It sounds like Rashad had enough respect for Greg Jackson's agreement to not fight his training partners that he went along with Jackson's law. Now that the school has grown and Jones has said he would fight Evans and Jackson has not intervened and restated his mandate that Jones never fight any training partners, things may be different.

- Rashad says that the reality may be that he won't use Greg at all and has been playing around with the idea.
Red Tex2011-03-22 18:34:03 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by HISTORY

Wow, this is very interesting

It's not a bullshit source, apparently it's updated and confirmed. Rumour says Jones was a cocky bitch.

Who will he go train with now?

Where in there has it said anything about Jones being a cocky bitch?
HISTORY2011-03-22 19:07:13 +0000 #4

Originally Posted by Red Tex

Where in there has it said anything about Jones being a cocky bitch?

I said that was the rumour, and the second post seems to explain why Evans is leaving if you read it.
tw0mey2011-03-22 19:46:19 +0000 #5
Jones does come off as a cocky bitch, imo.
JAX2011-03-22 18:42:24 +0000 #6
Sounds like a possible fight setup should Jones win. it's better anyhow ,too many teamates are getting in the way of good fights.



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