With only two weeks remaining before Rashad Evans (17-1) finally gets his hands on former training partner Jon Jones the former light heavyweight champion has heard it from all angles regarding the much-anticipated match-up. Though he may still have some press obligations to attend to before the actual fight, at this point the 32-year old has tuned out the talking and is focused purely on the task at hand come April 21 at UFC 145.
“Does it motivate me? At this point, not really,” wrote Evans in his blog for Yahoo Sports. “There’s really not much more (Jones) can say to me to motivate me. I’m already motivated for this fight; I’m motivated beyond reason. Yeah, I want to be the first guy to really beat Jon, yeah, I want my title belt back and I want to show my former trainer what’s what. But this fight is not about proving a lot of people wrong about Jon Jones; it’s about proving me right.”
Evans also isn’t buying into the hype surrounding Jones as someone who trained with him for a solid chunk of time. While many see “Bones” as invincible given his dominant performances against Quinton Jackson, Mauricio Rua, and Lyoto Machida, Evans knows the real deal and plans on informing the world in Atlanta.
“The illusion of or the mythical Jon Jones that the other guys fought, it doesn’t exist for me. I know how weak he is mentally – all the doubts he has about himself. I’m going to be the first one to stop this kid,” explained Evans. “I saw an interview where he says he’s not giving (the title) to me. He don’t have to. I’m taking it from him.”
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