By Jamie McAllister:
The recent UFC 145 media call brought up some great talking points with Jones & Evans answering a variety of questions and debating issues such as Greg Jackson winning the coach of the year award. Throughout the conference Jones and Evans clashed and debated but for the most part the Light Heavyweight Champion was trying to be above any potential argument. Here are some of the highlights.
In reference to Rampage calling him a cheat before they fought Jones Stated.
“It was troubling thinking I would cheat. Somebody calling me fake or cocky, that does nothing to me. But somebody calling me a cheater, that really got to me.”
On the issue of there being any bad blood after the fight Both seem keen to leave it all in the octagon and get on with their careers.
“I would like to be at a UFC event or fight and not feel awkward in a room with Rashad”
“To be like men after the fight would be cool”
“Do I ever think were gonna be best friends ….no but there is definitely gonna be some respect I’ll leave it at that”
On the issue of how the whole rivalry began in the media Jones felt he was not totally understood and his side of the story was not told entirely
“I felt like I said something that I truly meant,” Jones said. “People still haven’t shown the full interview of how highly I actually spoke about Rashad. Even the ‘Primetime’ show – the full interview. I was saying such nice things. The only part that made that show was it was Dana’s call, and if I had to fight Rashad, that’s what I had to do. But I just wish people knew the whole story.”
Rashad had a different view on the entire situation and felt Jones had been gunning for him from the very beginning.
“He was just so dismissive. Jon already knows what time it was. Because when he had called me after he had talked to Phil (Nurse), he already knew how I took it. So if he didn’t mean it a certain way, he wouldn’t have called me with a guilty conscience.”
“So who cares about that interview? It’s really about what was said before, and about how Jon really, really feels. Jon always wanted to fight me. He never wanted to be teammates and like brothers. Jon came on the team so he could learn the way to beat me.”
One question asked of Jones was about the Primetime show and does he regret showing some of his striking specifically for Rashad.
“One thing about myself is that I throw so much stuff”
“Greg what do you think about me training at Jacksons Rashad has friends here , Greg says Jon we could send Rashad footage of you sparring every day and Rashad would have no Idea what you are gonna throw”
Jones kept his cool for the most part in the conference and seems confident as always. In a question asked about how each man seen the fight going Jones provided an interesting response
“ I am a big believer in setting goals one of my goals is to finish every fight in 2012”
However he did state he had trained for a five or even six round fight and Rashad seemed relaxed on the issue and was not really concerned how he would finish the fight or how long it went on.
On the topic of the infamous night club incident where both were rumoured to have clashed and argued with each other
“Nah there was no altercation basically we has a talk and Jon told me how great he was”
“I think Jon tried to get me kicked out by the bouncers or something like that”
Jones said it was Evans who talked tough and threatened him, and this brought an immediate reply and clash
“Jon, Jon, you need to stop lying right now,”
“You are in your mid-30s. You’re so rude, bro. Just let me talk. Stop trying to argue all the time.”
“I’m not trying to argue,” Evans retorted. “You’re up here lying. That’s all I’m saying.”
Jones then replied “Yes I will admit I told Rashad I was gonna finish him”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