Rashad Evans vs Jon Jones officially announced for UFC 145 main event

The one-time friends agreed to terms Monday to meet in the main event of UFC 145 in Atlanta on April 21 with Jones’ light heavyweight belt at stake. The UFC announced Jan. 28 that Jones would defend the belt on that date, but didn’t confirm that it would be Evans getting the bout until Monday.

Evans’ hand was sore after his Jan. 28 victory over Phil Davis at the United Center in Chicago. He sought the advice of several doctors, all of whom cleared him to fight. The UFC had veteran Dan Henderson on standby to fight Jones in the event that Evans couldn’t compete.

When Evans was medically cleared, what figures to be the most heated promotion in the UFC since Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz in 2006 was officially on.

“If I was fighting anybody for the belt at this point, there would be pressure, but there is added pressure in this situation because it’s Jon and our whole personal situation,” said Evans, who mentored Jones when both trained at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., until they had a bitter split last March.

“I’m very happy for what he’s done in this sport and what he’s accomplished for himself. He’s worked hard for it, but that’s where the respect and admiration stops. I don’t care for him too much as a person.”

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