In the continuing promotion for this month’s much-anticipated match-up between UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and rival Rashad Evans, the UFC has given fans an intimate look into the mindset of the hungry contender by filming his reaction to Jones’ bout September scrap against Quinton Jackson. In the clip, featured on this week’s episode of Ultimate Insider, Evans provides real-time insight on what’s occurring inside the ring and how he would approach things differently.
“It’s like this – you’ve gotta either be in or you gotta be out,” explained Evans a few rounds into the one-sided affair. “Jon is long so (Jackson) has to be in or out. He can’t be taking those kicks from the outside, he can’t be at the end of his jab. If you’re at the end of his jab you’re in the wrong position because Jon is fighting very comfortable. Make him uncomfortable. Put your head right there on his chest.”
At the time, though they didn’t know it, Jones-Evans would each compete another time before finally facing off to settle their personal and professional scores. Jones went on to beat Jackson, then Lyoto Machida in December, while Evans returned to the ring in late January where he outpointed Phil Davis on FOX.
Watch Evans’ intriguing assessment of things below: