Jon Jones says respect saved Rashad Evans from being "finished" during trainingPosted on April 15, 2011, 09:03 PM by Joey Santosus
"We fought each other in practice. A finish has been possible several times and it has always been me finishing him. I never did it out of respect that he was the elder of the school. It's against protocol in a way. Some people would do it, but I believe in tradition. He has a lot to study. I have a lot to study, but I get to study[ing] more in-depth. He gets to study[ing] and gets a headache. - For complete interview, visit ESPN.com
Though earlier rumors suggested that Rashad Evans often had the upperhand over Jon Jones in the training room, the Light Heavyweight champ offers a completely different story. According to "Bones," respect was the only thing saving Evans from being "finished" when the two would spar inside the confines of Jackson's MMA.
Once considered close friends and training partners, the two parted ways after Jones publicly stated that he would be open to fighting Evans, something that they had each sworn would never happen in the past. When reached by ESPN for comment, Evans, who has since commenced training for the bout at Imperial Athletics in South Florida, declined to respond.
Photo: UFC fighter Jon Jones before his fight against Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC-Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko at the San Diego Sports Arena on August 1, 2010, in San Diego, California. Francis Specker