One point light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans has consistently made during the build up to his much-anticipated bout against Jon Jones at UFC 145 relates to the way he used to handle “Bones” in training sessions when the two were teammates at Greg Jackson’s gym in New Mexico. Rather than be annoyed by Evans’ assessment, Jones has embraced the notion of Evans seeing him as the same fighter he last worked with more than a year ago.
“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 confidently stated to the London Free Press. “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.”
For an example of how he’s preparing for Evans’ grappling and top control, Jones has brought in a number of larger training partners including a number of heavyweights.
“I’m fighting from the worst position he could put me in and if he’s banking on breaking me mentally, he’s going to have a rude awakening when he realizes that’s just not going to happen,” explained Jones.
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