UFC 128: Jon Jones 'Hates' Mentions Of Rashad Evans

I was on the call yesterday. I found it a little strange. I'm sure the questions about Greg Jackson teammate Rashad Evans in all of their various permutations are annoying. Still, this statement from Jon Jones on the call yesterday seemed like a bit much:

"I want to be clear to other reporters, that I absolutely HATE when people mention Rashad Evans, especially throughout this training camp. He's a friend of mine but I'm fighting Mauricio "Shogun," one of the best fighters that's been around for a long time. So for people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now, I think, is ludicrous. Rashad is not in my mind, he's not in my being, he has absolutely zero to do with my heart and who I am right now. Right now it's me vs. Jon Jones and right now I'm beating all the weakness out of myself, 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 within my heart right now, I'm getting rid of it. The fact that people are bringing up Rashad, it almost angers me. Rashad has nothing to do with "Shogun" and I think from here on out I won't even answer a question about Rashad."

Make your own speculation about why this grates so raw. I find the questions to be perfectly natural, which is precisely why reporters ask them. Evans was supposed to get the fight, he does train with Jones and they are top fighters in the same division. What's not to ask?

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