When Jon Jones steps inside the Octagon next Saturday night to defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Rashad Evans at UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans, there will be plenty of real emotion released from both fighters.
After their fallout from being training partners, Jones and Evans have been attacking each other verbally for several months.
In a recent interview with The Canadian Press, “Bones” talked in-depth about why he doesn’t respect “Suga.”
It’s personal with him, I’m sure it is. The difference between me and Rashad is Rashad is not a martial artist by any means. I think it’s funny when he does commercials in a meditation scene – he’s sitting there pretending to meditate. He doesn’t meditate. He’s a guy who grabs his crotch at people. He was actually talking while Lyoto Machida knocked him out. That’s not a martial artist to me. I don’t respect that guy.
Jones won all four of his bouts in 2011, defeating Ryan Bader, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Machida, with the last three being former champions in the UFC. Evans stopped Phil Davis earlier this year to cement his status as top contender in the division.
This fight has had plenty of build in the media, and it is likely that the two know each other so well that they will be ready for anything come fight night. However, Jones’ versatility seems to be the difference when he steps in the Octagon, as he always has something new in store for his opponent.