Although Rashad Evans (Pictured) and Jon Jones weren’t in the mood to sling insults at each other during Wednesday’s UFC 145 pre-fight press conference, it didn’t stop the reigning light heavyweight champ from questioning Evans’ ability to take a punch after the presser wrapped.
According to Jones, his former teammate owns the “weakest chin of anyone I’ve fought since 2010.”
At today’s media workouts, Evans addressed Jones’ analysis and suggested his friend-turned-foe should study some more footage.
“That’s great,” Evans stated as he brushed off Jones’ remarks. “I mean, I only got knocked out one time. I guess everybody I’ve fought really sucks because I’ve got an amazing [17-1-1] record for having the worst chin in the world.
“See, what’s funny to me is, everybody says I’ve got a weak chin, but anybody else get caught with a shot – like Frankie Edgar, if he gets caught with a shot and he comes back and fights, ‘Oh my God, he’s got an iron chin’ – but I get caught with a couple shots and I come back and I got a weak chin.”
Evans was put to sleep by Lyoto Machida at UFC 98. By the time he regained consciousness, “Suga” discovered his undefeated record and light heavyweight title were a thing of the past. The May 2009 contest marks the only loss of his career.
On the flipside, Evans believes Jones’ jaw has yet to be checked in a fight and that if he tags “Bones” he’ll come crumbling down.
“I definitely believe I have the power [to post a knockout] if I catch Jon with a clean shot,” Evans assessed. “He’s going to sleep and going out hard.”
UFC 145 takes place inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.