UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones sounds to be more than ready, mentally for his UFC 145 headline fight, as he tells the press during yesterdays conference that he is looking to ‘test’ the chin of former champion Rashad Evans. Bones lists off his most recent victims in the octagon in comparison to his upcoming partner and feels Evans is the most vulnerable of a knockout finish of all his recent opponents.
“I feel stronger and my technique’s getting better and cleaner,” he said during a UFC 145 press interview. “When I watch my first fights I used to flail. Everything’s flail-y, and I realize the power of flexing your abdominals when you try to strike and things like that. I definitely feel as though I’m hitting harder, and I’m excited. I wobbled Rampage [Jackson] a little bit when I hit him, and I wobbled Lyoto [Machida] when I hit him, and I think out of all those guys, Rashad has the weakest chin. I think he has the weakest chin of anyone I’ve fought since 2010, and I think I’m going to exploit that.”
Jones had admitted in the past that Evan’s may have an advantage in the wrestling department as a collegiate wrestler from Michigan State, but Jones looks to now feel that he has surpassed his former training partner in that aspect as well.
“Rashad being a wrestler, I’m sure it will affect his psychology being on his back,” he said. “People don’t realize, Rashad was not a Division I national wrestling champion. He’s been taken down on numerous occasions. Michael Bisping got him down, I think. And Michael Bisping is not a wrestler. So, I worked a lot on my takedowns. I’m not going to be a victim to his takedowns. He needs to worry about my takedowns, too. So I’ve worked a lot of different shots.”
Jones continued on to point out that his grappling was a much more damaging style than his opponents.
“I’m not afraid of Rashad’s ground game. If anything, he should be afraid of mine,” he said. “When I take people down, they open up. There’s blood. My elbows, I’m realizing, they do work. Rashad doesn’t do anything but kill the clock.”