Rashad Evans sets up camp at Imperial Athletics, says Jon Jones can take Greg JacksonPosted on March 23, 2011, 02:51 AM by Joey Santosus
"Jones can have whoever he wants. Take Mike Winkeljohn. Take Greg Jackson. He can have whoever he wants and take the entire team… it doesn't matter anymore and it is what it is. (...) That's like (Jackson) spilling a glass of milk and then walking away and saying that you don't want to have anything to do with it. You f**kn spilled the milk...so you're at least going to help clean it up right?
I feel disrespected on many levels and the worst part is that it comes from people who I felt were like family. I would have done anything for Greg Jackson, and I would still do anything for Greg Jackson but I felt disrespected beyond belief. I feel disrespected by Jon because when I think about when we trained or when we were chilling, was the s**t even real? Or was he just trying to be a master manipulator and try to manipulate the situation so he could get what he wanted out of it?"
After Jon Jones' convincing victory over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128, the promotion wasted little time before pitting the newly crowned Light Heavyweight Champion against his teammate, Rashad Evans. As a result, what began as an awkward situation for the camp, has taken a turn for the worse, driving a wedge between members of the famed Jackson's MMA team. However, with the bout now official, it appears Evans is encouraging head coach Greg Jackson to stand behind Jones, as he has reportedly picked up and relocated from the house that Jackson built and will now set up shop at Imperial Athletics in Boca Raton, Florida. And, according to Evans, the former champ has an ace up his sleeve:
"I have a secret weapon in all of this. One of my coaches who has done all of his work behind the scenes and without recognition is Mike Van Arsdale. He is one of the best coaches I've ever had in my life and he doesn't get any credit for what he has done. As long as I have Mike Van Arsdale I don't care where I have to train or who I have to fight because I know Mike is going to get me ready." - For complete interview with Rashad Evans, visit BloodyElbow.com
Though UFC President Dana White confirmed the match-up during a recent appearance on ESPN's MMA Live, no official date has been announced for the title fight. Jones has requested time-off following back-to-back outings over a six-week span, while Evans has just resumed training after recovering from an untimely knee injury that forced him out of the Rua bout.
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