Jon Jones: “We know everything about (Rashad Evans). He’s in trouble.”

During the build towards a September title-defense, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was accused of having a spy in opponent Quinton Jackson’s camp who was reporting back with inside information on his training. While Jackson’s accusations were unfounded, when it comes to his upcoming bout with Rashad Evans there’s no question Jones will enter the Octagon with intimate knowledge of his adversary thanks to insight gleaned from Evans’ former coaches.

However, there’s nothing underhanded about the process this time around. Evans not only decided to depart Greg Jackson’s gym, where Jones still calls home, but has questioned the integrity of instructors at the renowned training center. And, to hear Jones tell it, Evans was never much of a teammate to begin with.

“He’s never gone to a team dinner. He never went out and said, ‘Hey, let me buy these other guys a drink because I can afford it.’ It was not like that. He just had ‘Cowboy’ (Donald Cerrone) and basically the guys who had money in the bank and could hang with him, dress with him, and look good standing next to him at the club. That’s not a team member,” said Jones in an interview with MMAFighting, adding Evans completely ignored a number of the people at Jackson’s MMA.

Now, when they meet on April 21 for Jones’ belt, “Bones” will have an ace in the hole with Jackson, Mike Winkeljohn, and others in his corner who are extremely familiar with what Evans has to offer based on his years in New Mexico.

“I have the coaches that taught him how to fight. They taught him the guard passes he uses, the ground-and-pound system that he uses, the punches that he used to throw and the combinations. I mean, it almost seems not fair sometimes,” confessed Jones. “He always talks down about Greg Jackson now and he always talks crap about our team, by saying our team was just commercial and we’re overrated. But all those insults have really made it almost personal for our coaches. We know his psychology. We know what makes him tired. We know everything about him. He’s in trouble.”

Jones-Evans will serve as the headliner this Saturday night at UFC 145. Each man has only lost a single time in his career though Jones’ involved an unnecessary disqualification while Evans was finished cleanly by Lyoto Machida. Jones has won six straight since the stumble with “Suga” ‘Shad stringing together four consecutive victories.

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10 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    I’m not watching mma anymore if these two hug it out saturday night… tired of this shit.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    It would be nice if there was another fight to talk about on this card. I havnt really enjoyed a ufc since the card that mir handled big nog. That was a good card.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I bet they hug after the fight. I just hope the fight lives up to all this massive amount of hype.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    At first I was wondering why this is the only fight getting press, then I looked at the rest of the card and it made sense. Still, UGH, can’t take much more of this. I won’t be irked if they hug after the fight or whatever, but the media / production emphasis on such a minor feud is really grating on me.

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  • No shit, this whole feud is getting on everyones nerves. I cant wait for it to be settled, but if its a 5 round control fest Im gonna riot and tear up my living room.

    And come on Gunner you didnt enjoy saturday’s offering? I mean it wasnt as good as The card you’re speakin of from last december, but it was still an outstanding card.

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  • adamsfamily says:

    I thought the quality of fights was good in stockholm, a bit of everything really. but I find the non ppv cards in european countries allways look rubbish, then turn out pretty good.

    i’ve been slowly introducing a friend of mine to the world of mma – and he has espn (which is about the only way you can watch a ufc ppv in the uk) so we’ve had a few good nights round the telly going over the ins and outs of our crazy sport. He’s an ex boxing fan and now is firmly on the path.

    its been interesting to explain the stratagem of the cards for different parts of the world. As transparent as the ufc’s plans are, I give credit to the company for giving hometown fighters a go wherever they visit, and as we all know name fights often dont live up to the hype.

    Heres hoping that this one is different. Title fights ought to be special.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    I loved saterday nights fights exept silva cant seem to perform with natural levels of testoterone. Im enjoying the free cards a lil more than the ppv these days. I havnt missed a ufc since I can remember but this one just dont seem event status.

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  • adamsfamily says:

    He was having sucess with leg kicks early too, with the swede’s wide stance.

    Yes – its like they are thinking that this title fight is so significant that it will carry the whole ppv. I think with money tight fans need more substance to lay their money down.

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  • Creature says:

    Even though ive never been a Thiago Silva fan, And still am not too fond of the guy.. I actually think he looked better in his fight with Alex than he had in most of his previous ones..

    Also im actually pretty excited for this card, sure its lacking star power but i I think there are going to be some very entertaining fights, also think Shad/Jones might actually live up to the hype its getting. Csll me crazy but i just have a feeling its going to be good.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Thiago may have had some hip / mobility issues. He looked like garbage at the weigh-ins — not just the lack of juice, which was noticable — and for a guy with a vicious ground and pound game, he didn’t even seem to consider a takedown for the whole fight.

    Not giving Thiago a pass, but I think it would be correct to say he did not show everything he is capable of. The layoff probably didn’t help either.

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