Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans: Coach Trevor Wittman on Why They Should Fight

By Mitch Ciccarelli

After defeating Ryan Bader at UFC 126 in yet another dominant performance that had us all question whether Jon Jones was genetically created from the sperm of a Kryptonian, the undefeated light heavyweight was publically granted a title shot with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.

Jones will replace an injured Rashad Evans, one of his close friends and training partners, in the UFC 128 main event against Rua next month. The logical next step would be to have Evans, who is already established as the No. 1 contender, fight the winner for the title when he’s healthy enough to compete.

However, Evans has stated on numerous occasions that he will never fight his friend Jones and would consider changing weight classes if Jones were to win the championship. We’ve all heard how UFC President Dana White feels about the situation but I recently had the opportunity to speak with elite MMA striking coach Trevor Wittman on the subject.

Wittman is the owner of the Grudge Training Center in Colorado and is affiliated with Team Greg Jackson. He works very closely with Evans and was brought on as an assistant coach for Team Rashad on The Ultimate Fighter Season 10.

Surprisingly, he feels that Evans should challenge Jones if the UFC light heavyweight championship were up for grabs. Here’s what he had to say.


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