Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans will seek redemption when he steps inside the Octagon to face Jon Jones for the belt in the main event at UFC 145 Saturday night. Evans sports an impressive 17-1-1 record with the lone loss coming by way of knockout against Lyoto Machida.

However, before he fends off Jones’ attack inside the cage, “Suga” has gone on the defensive regarding talk that he has a weak chin and can’t take a punch as Jones suggested during a recent workout.

“That’s great. I mean, I only got knocked out one time. I guess everybody I’ve fought really sucks because I’ve got an amazing record of having the worst chin in the world,” joked Evans during the recent pre-fight press conference.

“Everybody says I’ve got a weak chin, but anybody else get caught with a shot – like Frankie Edgar. If he gets caught with a shot and he comes back and fights, ‘Oh my God, he’s got an iron chin.’ But I get caught with a couple shots and I come back and I got a weak chin,” he concluded on the topic.

Of Evans’ seventeen career wins six of them have come by way of TKO or knockout. Jones, meanwhile, owns eight career strike-based stoppages. Catch their fight on PPV tomorrow night when things start up at 10:00 PM EST.


MMATraining Take: The shot Evans took from Machida was a big one, but it doesn’t look like it has caused him much trouble since that fight. Jones will likely want to make a statement in his bout after all the trash-talking, so we could see some excitement inside the Octagon come Saturday night.