Fighting against a friend is one of the toughest things MMA fighters have to do, and with Jon Jones it’s no exception. Even though his opponent Rashad Evans stated many times that they were not friends and just trained together, Jones says different.

Recently Jones told Lawrence Holmes of Yahoo! Sports, that he misses the friendship he and Rashad had, and that the “business” of MMA got in the way.

“We trained together and we had good times, but this competition has come between our friendship, which sucks. I do miss being friends with the guy. But it’s business, and he’s coming after my championship. I’ve gotta do what I’ve gotta do. It might be a little awkward punching him in the face, but I’m sure the first time he swings at me, it will get reactionary. I’d like to get to a point of being cordial, but to be friends again is not necessary. There’s thousands of wonderful people in the world I can meet. After all that’s been said, we can just live our lives. Respect is all that’s necessary for me.”

The two fighters are set to meet up at UFC 145 on April 21st in Atlanta, Georgia.

*Source: MMA Mania