Jon Jones: Rampage Jackson prepared me for Rashad Evans' trash talkPosted on October 3, 2011, 08:19 AM by Anton Gurevich
Speaking to MMAWeekly.com, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones discussed the psychological warfare expected prior to encounter with the former best friend Rashad Evans, claiming he's more than ready for any tricks Rashad Evans brings to the table. According to Jones, Quinton Jackson's pre-fight trash talk prepared him for Rashad Evans, whose attendance to Psychology classes won't make any difference:
“Even on a marketing standpoint, me and Rampage do all this selling fights and then Rashad comes in and markets himself right in the middle of my big day. I don’t like you, you don’t like me, stay off my special night. Now all the Endicott (N.Y.) kids are starting to figure, ‘oh, who’s Rashad Evans? It’s the guy that shows up at every Jon “Bones” Jones fight. He’s just flappin’ his gums and talking to himself to try and convince himself that he’s ready and that he has this and he has that over me. Evans went to school for psychology. I think I’m gonna prove in this fight that my psychology is together as well. I’ll be able to exploit lots of things in Rashad Evans. Rampage just prepared me for Rashad.”
Jones also added that he's very interested to see what happens when he goes "turbo" on Rashad Evans, who is according to Jones, is delusional for believing he has "his number".
Following the triumph over Quinton Jackson, Jon Jones improved his MMA record to 14-1 with a total of 12 finishes. Despite being younger in the sport, Jon Jones has a tremendous 4 to 1 recent activity advantage over Evans in light of the fact that "Suga" was absent between UFC 114 (victory over Rampage) and UFC 133 (Tito Ortiz fight).
Further Reading: The numbers behind Jon Jones' UFC 135 performance