Jon Jones says attempting to harm Rashad Evans will be "kind of trippy"Posted on March 7, 2012, 12:56 PM by Joey Santosus
"I know Rashad, and I know his reactions. It'll be kind of trippy fighting a friend of mine - well, a former friend of mine - with bad intentions. ... You spar against teammates all the time, and you never go for a move that could really hurt them. But to fight someone I've sparred against so many times - and to actually let go of those elbows and let go of those knees and head kicks and things for the first time - that might be a little different. But I'm not an emotional fighter for the most part anyway.
I really can't say that (Evans will be my toughest opponent yet). Every opponent is potentially my toughest opponent. They all have different gifts and different tools. It's hard to say if he'll be the toughest. They're all extremely tough (at this level). ... In some ways, though, some things are more important. This one is all the marbles. It's for who's the better fighter between the two of us." - For more from Jon Jones, visit MMAJunkie.com
Known for vicious elbow attacks, spinning back fists, and flying knees, Jon Jones appears to throw each of his strikes with bad intentions - against Rashad Evans, however, things might be "a little different."
Set to meet at UFC 145, "Bones" will put his Light Heavyweight title on the line when he meets Evans in the headlining bout. At just 24-years of age, Jones has finished 13 of his 16 professional opponents, which includes a list of top contenders, former champions, and respected veterans - but none have been former teammates.
Once a member of the famed Jackson's MMA team in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Evans cut ties with the camp after Jones went on record stating that he would be open to fighting "Suga." Though Jones admits that the thought of unleashing his harm-inducing arsenal on a man he once considered a friend is "kind of trippy," he says emotion has little impact on him as a fighter. But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Can Jones overlook the past to put away his former training partner, or will Evans use emotion to better "Bones" in Atlanta?
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