Jon "Bones" Jones talks "Rampage" Jackson, Rashad Evans and working in HollywoodPosted on June 8, 2011, 02:11 PM by Joey Santosus
Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones, who was visiting the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, California, sat down with Karyn Bryant of MMA Heat to discuss a host of hot topics including his upcoming title defense against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, his ongoing feud with Rashad Evans, rumors that he faked his hand-injury, and much more.
Virtually undefeated in his professional career, Jones dethroned Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in March to become the youngest title holder in the promotion's history. Though he was initially set to defend the belt against former Jackson's MMA teammate Rashad Evans, a hand-injury forced him to withdraw from the bout. Instead, he is now expected to square off with former champ and PRIDE veteran Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the main event at UFC 135.
On "Rampage" Jackson:
"Rampage" is an awesome fighter, he's an awesome combatant. I've got nothing bad to say about the guy, he's looking better and better in every fight. I think he could be re-motivated to get a belt back and my job is to make sure that I don't give it back to him. By far (he is most dangerous) with his hands. He likes to keep the fight at close range and he's really good at punching from all different types of angles - with hooks and all types off different angles. So, yea, his hands are his biggest threat and he also showed a really nice right knee in that last fight. I respect him everywhere."
On Rashad Evans:
"Absolutely (I want to fight Evans). Rashad is a great combatant and he's a teammate. I know how to fight him already and he claims that he knows how to fight me already. But, I do pretty well against opponents without ever sparring them or anything, so imagine what I could do with a blueprint already. I'm excited for the fight, its going to be great."
"Its funny, Rashad always talks about the time he held me down and I couldn't get up. You know, that was true, but that lasted for about, maybe a minute and thirty seconds. That's a minute and thirty seconds of my whole entire MMA career. He talks about that one moment of glory that he had and he's convinced a lot of people that because of that one day in training, he could actually handle me or dominate me on the ground."