Jon Jones has been nothing but complimentary towards Lyoto Machida in the lead-up to their title fight this weekend at UFC 140.
Rashad Evans, not so much. During an appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani yesterday, Jones hit Evans with another verbal jab when asked about his thoughts on his former training partner’s upcoming fight against Phil Davis. Transcription via MMA Mania:
“It’s an interesting fight. I’ll go with Rashad because of the experience factor. But Phil Davis can win more than he realizes, he has to be comfortable striking. I won’t say too much because I have my own ideas on how to beat Rashad, but, I don’t think Rashad has a chin at all. Trust me Rashad does not have a chin. But it will be a closer fight that people will realize.”
Ironically, it was Jones’ next opponent, Lyoto Machida, who showed us a couple years back that Evans’ chin isn’t exactly made out of granite. Granted, that doesn’t mean his chin’s as weak as someone like Andrei Arlovski’s as Jones implies, but he’s definitely not impossible to knock out like Dan Henderson.
Speaking of Hendo, Jones and chins, Henderson thinks he’s the man to test the champ’s if Machida doesn’t do it this weekend.
“Lyoto’s real quick and he’s a little bit goofy,” Henderson said. “He’s got a nice straight left hand. He definitely could catch Jon Jones. I don’t think Jon Jones’ chin has really been tested much because he is hard to hit. Anything can happen in a fight, but I definitely see Jones picking him apart from the outside and probably taking him down and beating him up.”
“I think I’m a tough fight for anybody,” Henderson said. “If you’re in a fight with me, you’re definitely going to know you’re in a fight. I don’t know if really Jon Jones has felt that too much in his career. I definitely would test that out. I think style-wise I match up real well with him.”
Hendo added that he should get the next title shot, mainly because he’s older and Evans has a lot more time left in the sport than he does. Truth be told, as much as I’d like to see this Jones-Evans rivalry get settled sooner rather than later, I would like to see Hendo get a shot at Jones before it’s too late.