Rashad Evans talks knee injury, sends message to Jon Jones: “Go get that belt”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans has spoken for the first time about the knee injury that’s forced him to withdraw from his proposed fight with Maurcio “Shogun” Rua next month at UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey, adding a heartfelt message to his fans and encouraging his teammate, Jon Jones to “go get that belt”.

Evans, speaking via the Telegraph.co.uk, said:

“I’m very disappointed. I was at practise on Wednesday, we were drilling wrestling technique, and one partner was going at 100pc and the other partner at 30pc and the drill was seeing how many takedowns you could get in a minute. I was being a partner and someone ran into the side of my leg – two people tried to do a takedown – they took my knee and I just fell down right away. I knew right away I was done. The injury is to the medial lateral ligament. It’s a pretty bad strain, so it will be bad for 4 to six weeks, so if the fight had been another month away, then I’d at least be able to train before the fight.”

“But I’ve got to rest it, even before I could do any training on it. I’m down, I’m a bit upset, I’ve waited for the opportunity to fight for the belt and it just didn’t work out like that, but on the flipside I’m happy that Jon got a chance to do it because he’s an exciting fighter, he’s talented, he’s my training partner and I’m happy for him. But I’m just a bit down inside because I’m losing an opportunity.”

Evans, posting via his Twitter page, said:

“At 126 last night: Hey my ppl! Last night most of u heard the news. If not, here is the latest. I have 2 pull out of my Shogun fight because of injury. I severely sprained my MCL in practice. While in practice I got blindsided by another group of partners right into the side of my knee like football lineman style.. Since I’m hurt my teammate young phenom Bones Jones is gonna step in 4 me! I’m gonna recover & then see what happens next 4 me! Thank all u 4 the encouragement! I love my supports & my haters! Go get that belt brudda Jones!”

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