After a knee injury cost him another shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, former champion Rashad Evans is in line to challenge the winner of UFC 128’s main event between champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and replacement Jon Jones for the 205-belt, UFC President Dana White said Thursday on ESPN’s MMA Live.
“We gotta see who comes out of this fight and if they come out unscathed, but if the guys are ready to roll again with no injuries, then Rashad is definitely next in line,” White said.
Evans injured his knee in a training accident early last month, leading the UFC to offer his teammate Jones the shot at “Shogun” following his UFC 126 win over fellow prospect Ryan Bader.
Evans and Jones originally dismissed the idea of fighting each other if Jones was victorious, reigniting the debate over whether teammates should fight, but have seemingly opened to the idea in the weeks since after trading words in the media.
With an impending matchup against “Shogun” on Saturday, Jones said he’s focused on the champion and will worry about his next opponent when the time comes.
Pictured: Rashad Evans