Rashad fought his way back to a title shot but he injured his MCL and was forced to withdraw from his title match against Shogun Rua at UFC 128. Meanwhile, Jones was on a tear. At UFC 126, he faced Ryan Bader, an undefeated up-and-comer, and destroyed him.
Dana White and the UFC decided to offer up Evans' spot against Shogun to Bones because of his stellar performances. Evans graciously gave Jones his blessing and told him that he expected him to beat Shogun and become champion. Jones went for the title. You would think this was the point where things went left, but nope, not yet.