Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:35
There's been a lot of buzz in the MMA world surrounding Jon Jones and Rashad Evans, his teammate at Greg Jackson's. At first both men said that they'd never fight one another, but recently both men backed off those statements and things got a bit heated.
On a UFC conference call last week, when asked about Rashad, Jones said:
I absolutely hate when people mention Rashad Evans For people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now, I think it's ludicrous. Rashad is not in my mind. He's not in my being. He has absolutely zero to do with my heart and who I am right now. ... From here on out, I won't even answer a question about Rashad.
These were shocking words to Evans, who responded this way on Pro MMA Radio:
Those sound like fighting words. It's kind of messed up, to be honest. ... Sometimes when you talk and you say certain things, you open your mouth and you show what you're afraid of, more than anything. I don't know why he has such an adverse response like that to me. I never challenged him or tried to make him feel he would have to be like that towards me.
But at yesterday's conference call, Jones praised Evans and credited him (and GSP) with being "great mentors."
This will make for some interesting times if Jones beats Shogun to win the UFC LHW title. Rashad is a great trash-talker, and I have a funny feeling that the gloves will be coming off on both sides as the war of words heat up for their eventual showdown in the Octagon.
Here's a video clip of Jones talking at yesterdays conference. The quote about Rashad and GSP being "amazing mentors" starts at the two minute mark.