UFC champion Jon Jones sees win over Rashad Evans as learning experience

Last night Jon Jones went into the deepest waters of his career and stayed afloat, picking apart opponent Rashad Evans with slick striking and avoiding any takedown attempts thrown his way. However, as good as Jones looked in the main event at UFC 145, the 24-year old would be the first to tell you his performance was far from perfect.

Literally minutes removed from his decision win Jones was already analyzing the match-up and what he’d learned from the experience.

“I definitely answered a lot of questions in my own game. It was my first five-round fight and it felt like my cardio wasn’t an issue. Maybe it was an issue, I don’t know,” said Jones backstage in an interview with the UFC’s cameras.

“He caught me a few good times,” the 205-pound champion continued, pointing out an area he feels he has to improve in. “The guy hits hard, so can’t be doing that. I try not to get hit in practice at all and I definitely don’t want to be taking big hits like that. Those things will slow your career down and I’m very young, I have a long time to go, so I’m not happy that I got hit so hard. But it was a learning experience for sure.”

A Round-by-Round Look at Jones vs. Evans

Check out the full interview below where Jones also explains why beating a “lion” like Evans is a “major confidence booster”: