Jon Jones (Pictured) was on the brink of settling his beef with Rashad Evans. Unfortunately for the light heavyweight champ, Evans’ surgically-repaired right hand prevented their UFC 140 shootout from going down.
Although he now faces a formidable opponent in Lyoto Machida, some thought Jones wouldn’t be as amped to enter the Octagon with “The Dragon” since his sights were set on Evans. Not true, claims the 24-year-old. He knows exactly what’s at stake and understands his duel with “Suga” will come in due time.
“I realize what I could lose, and lose in the fight that’s in front of me now,” Jones said Wednesday. “When it comes to the question of getting up for a fight, no, that’s definitely not a issue.”
However, Jones was quick to acknowledge that his inevitable tango with Evans won’t just be an ordinary dance. Not only did he admit it’s a scrap he’s been anxiously looking forward to, but “Bones” proceeded to place an inordinate amount of pressure on himself to perform.
“As far as getting up for the Rashad Evans fight, after all the drama that’s gone on over the last year or so, it’s a fight that I absolutely cannot lose,” Jones emphatically stated.
“I’m actually taught to think of a fight as ‘No fight is a big fight, it’s just another fight.’ Don’t fight the legend, just fight his body and see what happens. But with Rashad, I’m really trying to teach myself ‘This is not a big fight, Jon. This is not a big fight, Jon,’ but it’s a huge fight to me right now.”
Understanding that a win over Machida once again places him a step closer towards bringing closure to his rivalry with Evans, assuming his former friend-turned-foe is able to answer the bell, Jones refuses to look past his December 10th showdown.
“I wouldn’t want to lose either one of them,” Jones said of fighting Machida and Evans. “So as far as getting up for fights, I’m up.”
UFC 140 takes place inside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Jones and Machida will headline the highly-anticipated pay-per-view broadcast.