Although Jon Jones has access to a stable of MMA studs at Greg Jackson’s famed academy to help him perfect his craft, the budding superstar claims the man in the mirror is the best person to prep him for his shootout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
“Right now it’s me versus Jon Jones and I’m beating all the weakness out of myself,” Jones stated during Wednesday’s UFC 128 conference call. “I’m beating all the give-up out of myself, I’m beating the lack of cardio, I’m beating the lack of confidence – any sign of weakness that’s in my heart, I’m getting rid of it.”
Speaking of ending things, “Bones” made no bones about his displeasure in answering questions about facing Rashad Evans should he dethrone Shogun. Although the light heavyweight is a 2-to-1 favorite to capture the crown at UFC 128, Jones refuses to look past the former PrideFC legend.
In fact, he’s baffled people are choosing to focus on potential drama instead of the daunting task at hand.
“With all due respect to you as a reporter — and I want to make it clear to all the other reporters — but I absolutely hate when people mention Rashad Evans, especially throughout this training camp,” Jones politely said. “He’s a friend of mine, but I’m fighting Shogun, one of the best fighters that’s been around for a long time, and for people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now, I think it’s ludicrous.
“The fact that people are bringing up Rashad, it almost angers me. This guy has nothing to do with Shogun, and I think from here on out I won’t even answer a question about Rashad.”
If Jones beats Shogun on March 19th inside the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey, the 23-year-old will become the youngest champion in UFC history. Josh Barnett was 24 when he won the heavyweight belt at UFC 36 in March 2002. He was subsequently stripped of his hardware for testing positive for three different steroids.