`q1awDynamic UFC champion Jon Jones got fairly accustomed to absorbing verbal blows during the build up to his September scrap with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, being accused of cockiness as well as having a spy in Jackson’s camp, only to shrug the comments off and finish him in the bout. However, nothing could fully prepare him for the personal attacks made by upcoming opponent (and former teammate) Rashad Evans who has blasted the 24-year old’s character on numerous occasions, pointing to his lack of loyalty and struggles in the training room while the two worked out together in New Mexico.
Showing maturity beyond his years as he’s done so many times before, Jones still doesn’t appear to be overly fazed by Evans’ remarks. In fact, he’s even encouraged the former title-holder to turn up the heat.
“I love that he talks so much crap because the more crap he talks, the sillier he’s going to look when he loses that fight,” said a confident Jones to the London Free Press.
“Rashad talks about the time he held me down in practice and how he was getting me to break mentally,” Jones continued, addressing one of the key elements in Evans’ criticism. “He’s talking about a fighter that in training in 2010 he used to beat. In 2011, I wasn’t the same fighter and I was starting to beat him. And with that same work ethic in 2012, you’re going to see I’m not that same kid he held down in practice.”
Jones-Evans will settle their differences inside the Octagon on April 21 at UFC 145. The more-experienced Evans is coming off consecutive wins over Jackson, Thiago Silva, Tito Ortiz, and Phil Davis, while Jones is on a six-fight streak with his only career loss involving a disqualification after landing an unnecessary 12-6 elbow.
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MMATraining Take: Hopefully their actual in-ring encounter is as good as the trash-talk has been between Jones-Evans. If it lives up to the standard being set by hype fans are definitely in for a treat. There are personal feelings involved, sure, but you’re also talking about the top two 205ers in MMA as well.