Jon Jones says he will defeat Rashad Evans in honor of Jackson's MMAPosted on March 16, 2012, 06:22 PM by Joey Santosus
Reigning Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, who will put his title on the line against Rashad Evans at UFC 145, discusses his opponent, as well as the grudge that has formed between them. Jones expects that once the fight gets underway, it will be like any other, but admits that he feels he has to defend the honor of Jackson's MMA.
"I kind of feel like I'm defending the honor of this team. Rashad has been badmouthing this team and really calling our team cliche and commercial and just really bad mouthing Greg and our program's loyalty and things like that. I think he kind of has it all twisted in his own head - feeling as if people betrayed him. Really, this is a family here and it's the same program that it's always been. Yeah, he's been here longer than me, but he doesn't realize how much of a family this team still is. ... I'm here just to defend this family and defend everything he's ever said about us. I feel like me beating him solidifies that this is a program that's going to live without him."