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Rashad Evans: Jon Jones May Fake Another Injury to Avoid Fight

Rashad Evans and Jon Jones are set to fight for Jones’ UFC light heavyweight championship at some point in the future. The two were supposed to meet at UFC 133, but Jones pulled out because of a hand injury. Jones healed and beat Rampage Jackson at UFC 135 in late September. Once he gets clearance from his 180-day medical suspension, he’s expected to fight Evans. Only Evans thinks Jones may come up with another injury excuse.

“I just want to fight this dude bad. Jon knows what I can do to him. Do you think that Jon pulled out of the first fight because he was confident? No! He was afraid, and watch him try to pull out of this fight too,” Evans told Pro MMA Radio. “Watch him be like ‘Oh my foot is hurt’ or something like that to try and get out of this fight too, to try and make me fight somebody else. When it comes down to it, the kid, he doesn’t really want it.”

The feud between the two fighters has been well documented, so this is the latest twist in the friction between them. Evans was actually very respectful and complimentary of Jones’ ability throughout the show, but he’s confident he’ll win. He also said he’d wait for the fight if Jones comes up with another injury, noting that he knows how to break his former training partner’s will.

Evans should be careful about calling people out for faking injuries considering he’s had to pull out of fights, but his overall point is noted: he feels he has Bones’ number.

Fist pound to Bloody Elbow

GSP: Anderson Silva Is the Best Right Now

Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva is the bout MMA fans have wanted to see since each fighter began dominating the competition. After GSP failed to impress critics in his last several fights (the last four went to decision), the tune changed and there were plans for him to fight Nick Diaz. That fell through, and GSP will face Carlos Condit next.

Even if GSP wins his fight next month, don’t hold your breath on him fighting Anderson Silva anytime too soon:

St. Pierre has previously expressed reluctance about moving up in weight, so there is little doubt this is a serious concern for him. While many people could complain that this is an example of GSP wussing out, I think it’s a legitimate worry. Facing a guy who is bigger than you is difficult — that’s why there are weight classes. He’ll probably be at a disadvantage and that’s why it might not be worth it to him.

I also liked the perspective he offered on pound-for-pound fighters. Too often we get caught up in who’s the best “right now.” Like GSP points out, it wasn’t long ago that Fedor was considered the best ever. Now people are questioning his legacy since he lost three fights in a row.

In the sport of MMA, outcomes are unpredictable. Being able to maintain a level of invincibility for a long period of time is difficult to do. Silva hasn’t truly lost since 2004, and that’s why even GSP is saying he’s the best fighter.

Derek Boyle Flying Knee Knockout Ends Alex Popov Fight (Video)

Another weekend, another knockout by way of a kick to the head. Well, kind of. This time it was a knee, but those are just as fun.  During this week’s Rage Fighting Series event, Derek Boyle ended opponent Alex Popov’s night rather abruptly.  Once again it was hardly as punishing a blow as Vitor Belfort took from Anderson Silva, but the flying knee is always tough to execute.  Check out the Derek Boyle vs. Alex Popov fight video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

How does the flying knee stack up with the other knockout videos we’ve shown you over the past several months?

Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem to Fight in UFC December 30th

Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem will fight in the UFC December 30th, the LA Times reported Tuesday afternoon. Overeem just signed a standard contract to fight in the UFC two months after leaving Strikeforce. We at LBS speculated three weeks ago that the two mega-stars could meet at UFC 140 and it looks like that is going to happen.

This is sure to be a blockbuster event that will be one of the most-watched UFC fights in history. It will take place on a Friday night at the MGM in Las Vegas. Dana White put it well, saying “This is the fight the fans want. Both of these guys are monsters. Can Lesnar take Overeem down?”

Overeem described the fight as a “dream matchup,” saying “Brock is a big name,” and “a dangerous guy.”

This will be Lesnar’s first fight since losing to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in Anaheim last October. Given his time off and the level of difficulty for his opponent, I’ll take Overeem.

The best part is that another blockbuster will be in the works. The Times says the winner will likely face the victor of the Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos fight. No matter how you look at it, the heavyweight division in the UFC just got a lot more exciting.

Let’s Hope the UFC on FOX Goes Much Smoother than this Awful Introduction

The UFC recently announced a groundbreaking deal that will see their events televised on FOX four times a year for the next eight years. It’s the type of partnership that can help MMA go mainstream, which is something I’ve openly questioned. When the first show is televised in November, let’s just hope it goes much smoother than this awkward introduction Tuesday:

That was quite an extensive list of awkwardness. We saw a nervous Joe Rogan struggle with what appeared to be a slow teleprompter; an executive had his cellphone out when he appeared on camera; and the identities of Georges St. Pierre and Frankie Edgar confused.

Hey, the bright side is it can’t possibly get worse than that! In all honesty, the partnership should work out well for both sides. FOX knows how to do TV and the UFC knows how to put on shows. The UFC on FOX will likely be a big hit for each company.

Video Credit: YouTube user fistsofprotocol

Jon Jones Tells Rampage Jackson He Wouldn’t Stoop to Spying on an Opponent

Jon Bones Jones is defending himself against accusations that he has a spy in Rampage Jackson’s camp. Writing on Twitter Tuesday, Jones addressed Jackson, taking a shot at him in the process.

“Just so you know, I’m not a person who looks for shortcuts in life,” Jones wrote to Rampage. “Unlike you, MMA is not something I do because of money.”

Jones’ tweet is a reference to Jackson who left the sport to act in The A-Team remake. He continued to defend himself to the public, adding “[MMA is] a way of life for me and I would never disrespect the integrity of that. I have way more faith in myself, as well as, respect for the art of fighting to ever stoop that low, that’s just bad karma.” Jones went on to wish Rampage a successful camp.

It’s important to note that Jackson didn’t accuse Jones of spying on him but rather his manager. But as Rampage pointed out, a manager’s actions reflects upon the fighter. Besides, that’s no excuse — if a fighter who’s so concerned with integrity knows his team is spying, wouldn’t he tell them to stop? That’s what one would figure.

Rampage Jackson Accuses Jon Jones’ Camp of Spying on Him

We have a scandal on our hands in the MMA world and it centers around potential moles. Rampage Jackson told Yahoo! Sports he believes there’s a rat in his camp who’s been leaking information to opposing fighters. Rampage cited several examples making him believe Jon Bones Jones, his UFC 135 opponent, is spying on him.

Rampage says he first became wary of a spy during his UFC 114 against Rashad Evans. Evans beat Rampage in a unanimous decision and won the fight pretty easily. What surprised Rampage was the way his injured knee was repeatedly punched by Evans. Rampage never had an opponent punch him in the knee, and there was no public announcement of a knee injury that would make Rashad want to attack it.

Evans says he punched Rampage’s knee because he could tell it was a point of weakness, but he says he picked that up during the fight, not because of inside information. Rampage found the knee punching strange, but he didn’t do anything. It wasn’t until he received a Twitter message from a fan saying there was a spy in his camp that he considered it a legitimate possibility. The sly fighter decided to test it.

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