By George Deutsch:
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones (15-1) and #1 contender and former champion Rashad Evans (17-1-1) continue to exchange heated words prior to their upcoming UFC 145 bout on April 21 in Atlanta, Ga.
The ongoing trash talk between the two former friends and training partners under Greg Jackson has continued to escalate, with each man analyzing the other’s alleged weaknesses and lobbing insults that are becoming increasingly less thinly-veiled. The Canadian Press reports:
“The difference between me and Rashad is Rashad is not a martial artist by any means,” said Jones. “I think it’s funny when he does commercials in a meditation scene. He’s sitting there pretending to meditate.
“He doesn’t meditate. He’s a guy who grabs his crotch at people. He was actually talking while Lyoto Machida knocked him out. … That’s not a martial artist to me. I don’t respect that guy.
“I’m going to try to teach him what he should have learned in the Lyoto fight — just to close his mouth.”
Evans suffered his only loss at the hands of fellow light heavyweight Machida, who knocked Evans out in the second round of their UFC 98 fight in 2009, claiming the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship from him. Jones, in turn, beat Machida at UFC 140 late last year, defending the championship and earning “fight of the night” honors from UFC.
In a recent Yahoo! Sports blog posting, Evans weighed in on Jones.
“Yeah, Jon has gotten better since he was that skinny kid in the gym I used to spar. But he’s not changed as a fighter. He’s improved, but he’s still the same fighter and just as importantly, he’s the same kid who has had it all his own way and thinks he is the best thing since Muhammad Ali.
“When it comes down to it, I’m already sick of talking and thinking about him. … He knows what I know about him. He knows.”
For his part, Jones has couched the fight in terms of good versus evil and his positive energy versus Evans’ negative energy.
“Now it’s me, it’s my turn,” said Jones. “It’s Rashad — it’s just where he comes from. He comes from a negative energy. And I want to show that good always prevails.
“I train, sleep, eat. Train, sleep, eat. Play with the kids a little bit and get right back to training, sleeping and eating.”
The rest of April promises to be a good month for fans of UFC’s Light Heavyweight division, as contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Thiago Silva face off at UFC on Fuel TV 2 on April 14, followed by the Jones-Evans clash a week later.Tags: featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news, UFC on FOX, UFC on FOX 2, ufc on fox 3, UFC on Fuel, UFC on FX