If you can’t beat them, train someone else to beat them. That seems to be the mentality of Blackzillian captain Rashad Evans as he trains his adversary Jon Jones’ opponent Vitor Belfort for UFC 152. During an interview with MMA Uncensored Live, Evans had some interesting hints as to how he feels about his newly found team-mate going into the title fight this weekend.
“I picked up a lot (against Jones). I was in there for five rounds. I saw a lot, and I felt a lot. I have a pretty good idea of some the things he’s strong at and some of the things he’s weak at.”
Evans seems confident that he has figured out the Jon Jones puzzle and has successfully strategized an optimal gameplan for Belfort to use on Jones at UFC 152.
“I hit him with a few good shots and I had a few good opportunities, in the fight, but I just wasn’t able to stay at the level for the whole fight. I’ve been working on myself to make sure that never happens again. I let myself down, in that area — being conditioned to fight that kind of fight and to keep the kind of pace I needed to stay at. I think that Vitor — we train him enough to be able to fight where I wasn’t able to.”
The big question now lingering – what if Belfort wins? How then can Evans recapture the title that he so deeply desires?
“No, I’m not gonna fight Belfort. I’ll figure out a fight for me. You know, Jon Jones was saying, ‘I dunno what Rashad’s doing. He’s coaching somebody to fight for the belt that he wants.’ I do want the belt, but when you compete, and you really have a love for competing, you understand what it’s really about. What’s for me is for me, and what’s for somebody else is for somebody else. I believe I’m gonna get mine, either way. I don’t see a problem with helping somebody else become champion.”
As to whether ‘Suga’ would still consider the drop to middleweight, well that’s still up in the air, but seems to be unlikely at this point.
“I would consider dropping to 185, but the problem is, I’m kinda heavy right now. I might have to do a practice cut to get down there before I make any commitment to fight at 185. I’ve never cut weight like that, not since college. And, I always told myself, I said, ‘If I compete again, there’s no way that I’ll turn myself into what I did in college, as far as living just to cut weight and stuff like that.’ If the offer is interesting enough, I’ll drop down. But if not, I’ll stay at 205. It makes no sense for me to drop down to 185 to be right in the same position I’m in now at 205.”
Come this Saturday, make sure you make your way over to our UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort results and discussions page for details on the maincard bouts and talks in the aftermath of the event.