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UFC 161: Jones Picking Evans Over Henderson

Kelsey Mowatt

Rashad Evans

Less than 14 months ago, fans were busy discussing whether Rashad Evans was the man who would defeat his former teammate Jon Jones, and end the star’s reign as champion. Now, just one day before UFC 161, Evans is looking to end a two fight losing skid and Jones will soon begin preparing for a September tilt with Alexander Gustafsson. Lot’s has changed.

Of course, despite Evans’ recent setbacks, many fans, and the oddsmakers as well, are picking the former champ to beat the legendary Dan Henderson tomorrow night. One of those folks, in fact, is Jon Jones. While speaking to MMA’s Ariel Helwani recently, the 25 year-old offered this prediction on Saturday’s headliner.

I got Rashad winning. If he gets Henderson on his back, the fight is pretty much over

Evans’ wrestling and agility could certainly be the deciding factor in the fight, particularly if “Hendo” overreaches in an effort to land his bomb of a right hand.

Jones also discussed in the interview how he recently met Fedor Emelianenko during his trip to Russia, and  relayed that:

“I let him know how big of a fan I was of him. I told him if there was ever anything I could do to support any causes of his, I would be honored. Basically, I was just being a groupie for 15 minutes. It was pretty cool. He was so respectful and showed a lot of respect back at me. It was a little bromance for a bit.”

Apparently Fedor told Jones that if the champ wants to train with him in Russia, to just let him know and he’ll make time. Who wouldn’t want to check out that sparring session?

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