ESPN The Magazine has a feature piece on the upcoming UFC 145 title fight between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans on newsstands today and in the piece it discusses the build up to one of the most heated rivalries in the sport today.
It also talks about Jon Jones entry into Rashad Evans life and how Jones looked at Evans as a brother:
Rashad Evans remembers the day in 2010 when Jon Jones first walked into his MMA training camp in New Mexico. Jones was gangly but promising, and Evans, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, was leery about working with a kid nearly a decade younger who was chasing the same goal he was: to become the best 205-pound fighter in the world. "But I ended up falling for him," Evans says. "Jon would run up to me and say, _What_s it like when everyone is taking your picture? What_s it like when everyone wants your autograph?_ I feel like I helped raise Jonny."
Jones remembers when he and Evans used to pound on each other all day and then hang out together all night. He smiles when he talks about their mutual love for family, fighting and singing R&B together. "I considered Rashad my big brother," says Jones, who at 24 is eight years younger than Evans. "Did I love him?