Date: 08/08/2011 and 12/10/2011
After the announcement at UFC 128, the two were set to face off at UFC 133. During training for the fight however, Bones tore a ligament in his thumb. Initially it was thought to require surgery so he couldn't fight. Evans claimed that Jones was dodging him. Jones' camp claimed the injury was legit.

Jones was replaced by undefeated wrestler Phil Davis and Evans beat him easily. Then at UFC 140, they were supposed to meet again, but this time Evans had a lingering thumb injury that took him out of the fight. Instead Jones fought Machida, the only person to beat Evans, and choked him out.