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Jon Jones encourages Rashad Evans to continue trash-talk

Jon Jones and Rashad Evans have been on a collision course since Jones won the UFC light heavyweight title last March. Jones replaced Evans in a match with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and immediately the idea of the two now-former teammates squaring off became a great possibility. After having a pair of matches cancelled due to injuries, “Bones” and “Suga” are destined to dance at UFC 145 on April 21 from Atlanta.

Evans has done his best to try and use his experience as well as their personal history to gain a psychological edge on Jones, but the younger fighter doesn’t believe he has achieved anything in that regard.

“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,” said Jones in an interview with the London Free Press. “Rashad’s just a pawn in this game that I’m playing. Nothing more.”

Since taking the belt from Rua, Jones has defended it successfully against former champs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida. In Evans he’ll get another ex-UFC light heavyweight champ familia with what it takes to succeed in the spotlight.