The personal animosity between UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and former training partner, current top contender Rashad Evans has been well-documented over the past year. However, with only a month remaining before the two finally fight in the main event at UFC 145, Evans appears ready to tone down the trash-talk and focus on the task at hand – winning his championship back while smashing the mystique surrounding the seemingly unbeatable “Bones”.
Evans recently spoke about his annoyance at the ongoing drama with Jones, also adding he’d reunited with Keith Jardine in the past few weeks and was extremely happy with how his career was currently going.
“Things are going so good for me right now,” said Evans in a conversation with Five Ounces of Pain. “I feel good since my last fight and it’s just continued on with this training camp. I’d really like to fight three or four times a year. I like to have that feeling where I want to fight. As long as I have that feeling I’ll fight as much as possible.”
On the topic of tussling, Evans’ focus quickly turned to his upcoming outing against Jones where he explained, “I’m just looking forward to fighting him to be honest. A lot of the back and forth and a lot of the drama is so old. I’m tired of hearing people say Jon is going to do this to you and he said this about you. It seems everyone has their own opinion. For me, I am just looking forward to getting it on. I had a good experience in Atlanta when I fought Chuck Liddell and hopefully it’ll turn out the same.”
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“It’s crazy the way things are now and how they were when I first started. I thought things would always be the same, but now things have changed so much,” reflected Rashad before brightening up at the thought of another familiar name from his past. “Keith Jardine just came down to train with us for awhile and seeing him was nice. Keith and I said we would never fight and that’s the way things were supposed to be with John, but I guess he didn’t feel the same way.”
The UFC long lobbied to have Jardine and Evans face off inside the Octagon while both were considered contenders but their friendship prevailed, fending off any matchmaking attempts despite the pressure.
Now Evans will deal with the pressure of a different teammate from yesteryear in Jones. However, as Evans has shown in the past, when he’s an underdog he’s especially dangerous and clearly he’ll be foaming at the mouth come April 21 in Atlanta.
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