Prior to Saturday night’s UFC 133 main event between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz, reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones predicted his friend-turned-foe would beat Ortiz via “dry hump.” While Jones chose the correct winner, the violent fashion in which Evans steamrolled Ortiz was the complete opposite of an uneventful lay and pray victory.
After Evans viciously put “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” down to earn next dibs at the 205-crown, Jones didn’t seem too impressed with his performance. In fact, he claimed Evans revealed the “same stuff” he’d previously seen from his former training partner.
“That’s fine. I mean, if it’s the same old stuff then that means that’s probably exactly why he didn’t want to fight me the first time,” Evans matter-of-factly stated at the post-fight press conference. “Jon knows what happened when we trained [together]. He knows that if I’m focused and I’m strong and I’m healthy, then he knows he’s got a fight on his hands.
“Jon’s a tough guy. Jon’s the champion, but I know what he’s weak at and he knows what I’m weak at. We’ll see who covers up their weak areas first.”
Evans not only bumped his resume up to 16-1-1 after last night’s outing, but he also advanced to face either Jones or Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for the light heavyweight belt. When asked who he’d like to see leave UFC 135 with the bling-bling, Evans made no bones about wanting to fight “Bones.”
“I would prefer to get [the title] from Jones,” Evans flatly stated. “He’s so cocky. You think I’m cocky? I’m on-camera-joking-around cocky. He’s for-real cocky. He’s like go-to-sleep-praising-himself cocky.
“I would love to teach him a lesson. If he makes it past Rampage, I’ll have a chance to do that. I think Rampage should train in my camp for this fight.”
It appears Evans now places Jones’ narcissism up there with NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, who unforgettably told television cameras, “I love me some me!”
UFC 135 takes place September 25th inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Best believe Evans will be sitting front row taking extensive notes on Jones. It seems he already has the CliffsNotes on Rampage, particularly since Evans just posted a lopsided unanimous decision win over him 15 months ago.
“He has a tough fight with Rampage,” Evans expressed. “Rampage does move like Frankenstein and he’s not what he used to be in some areas, but I think if he does catch him he’ll put him to sleep.”