Rashad Evans Says Jon Jones is Mentally Weak

March 19, 2012
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If you ask Rashad Evans what he does for a living, he might say UFC fighter; he might say he’s a coach or trainer, and he might say he’s a pretty good TV analyst as well.

Heading into his UFC 145 bout against former friend Jon Jones, Evans might want to add psychological profiler to his list of accolades.

Evans has long discussed his inside knowledge about the UFC’s current light heavyweight champion after they trained together under the tutelage of coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn while in the same New Mexico gym.

According to Evans, it goes much deeper than just knowing Jones’ movement inside the cage, how he goes for takedowns, or footwork when boxing.

Evans says he knows what Jones is really like outside the cage and that will prove to be vital information come time for them to face off at UFC 145.

“I know the real Jon, the nervous kid who would ask me to tell him how to dress, how to talk, and how to fight. I know how he reacts when things don’t go his way, how he can’t handle it mentally,” Evans said recently.

“And I’ve been through these types of pressure fights. I’ve been in these situations where emotions are involved with my fights with guys like (Michael) Bisping and Rampage (Jackson). Jon has never been in this type of situation and he’s never faced a fighter like me. I know I will get my title back at UFC 145.”

Ever since the split from Jackson’s camp, Evans has been working alongside his new teammates at the Florida based Blackzilians team, but he believes that despite Jones’ best claims of learning new tricks, he knows exactly what coaches Jackson and Winkeljohn are doing.

He knows it so well, Evans says he could probably tell you what they’re doing in camp right now.

“I know all about him, all about his coaches, and all about his camp. I could probably tell you what he’s doing in the gym right now,” said Evans. “He’s in the exact same environment doing the exact same things with the exact same people. But I’m in a different environment, I knew I had to learn, had to mix things up, and I had to change. Jon has no idea what I will do on the night.”

There’s no doubt that Evans does have inside knowledge about the camp at Jackson’s MMA. Evans joined the team just after his run on the Ultimate Fighter Season 2 back in 2005, and worked there until their split in 2011.

He believes between the routine he knows at Jackson’s coupled with how well he believes he has picked up on Jones’ instincts and abilities, Evans is more than confident in victory at UFC 145.

Evans even knows exactly how he’ll do it.

“He can talk about improvements he’s made, but there are still some things in his game he can never change. He’s a long, rangy fighter and I’m going to get inside, unleash my stuff, take him down and ground and pound him,” said Evans.

“I’m at a level in my career where I can take down and ground and pound anyone.”

Jon Jones may be sitting on top of the world right now, and he may believe it’s his destiny to be the greatest champion in UFC history, but there’s one person that’s not buying it.

At one time, Rashad Evans was an unbeaten fighter as well, and he felt the sting of defeat and it humbled him. Now he’s looking to humble Jon Jones.

“He’s not Jon Jones ‘unbeatable champion’ to me,” Evans said in closing. “I know I will beat Jon Jones.”

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  • Lesnardo

    Lol! “Jones is mentally weak”?? Maybe…but he can still beat Rashad.

    The thing is, everyone and everyone in the right mind is picking Jones to destroy Rashad.

    What is he gonna do when a monster that has 4 inch on him starts stalking him? Nothing.

    • TKD

      Even more importantly, what will Retard Evans do once the “mentally weak” Jones beats him? Maybe, just maybe it will be the last title run for this moron!

      • Lesnardo

        Why isn’t Rashad asking for a rematch against Lyoto???

        • shakejunt

          because it makes no sense right now

          • Anthony

            I’ll say this, If Rashad wins this fight(doubtfull) Rashad vs Lyoto is gonna make a hell of alot of sense. That said, Rashad is giving up somewhere around 10 inches of reach . I think his only hope is GNP, and I doubt he pulls it off. Jones by K.O. in 4. Actually, after Rashad loses this fight, the Lyoto fights makes sense for Rashad then too, but I dont think either one gets a title shot for at least 3 fights down the road UNLESS Jones loses the title to another fighter. The only fighter I think has a decent chance of beating Jones would be if Anderson Silva came up to LHW like he used has in the past. Even then with as much reach and size A.S would be giving up, my moneys still on Bones.

          • Lesnardo

            Rashad’s record:
            Lyoto LOSS via KTFO
            Thiago Silva WIN via UD (A dude Lyoto KILLED!!)
            Rampage Jackson WIN via UD (the most boring MMA fight ever. The most meaningful moment was when Rampage almost KOed Rashad in round 3)
            Tito Ortiz WIN via TKO (yeah!!!)
            Davis WIN via UD (????)

  • browill70

    Rashad Evans is still trying to play head games. Perhaps Rashad has seen a chink in Jones’ armor.

  • Steven UK

    Yeah, JJ’s looked mentally weak as he has swept past all of his opponents while barely breaking into a sweat.

  • At least Evans is smart enough to know he needs to get the fight on the ground.

  • jasonkindree

    Only someone who is mentally weak labels someone else that way. Rashad shows total disrespect for the dominant performances of Jones, and resents his success. No surprise if Bones chokes him out or takes him down and beats the tar out of him with those deadly elbows of his.

  • wow he sounds just like Tito, right before he loses every fight. I hope Rashad beleives this, because to think that Jackson MMA doesnt know Rashad would be just as arrogant as he thinking it only works one way. then again, Rashad always has been arrogant. wasnt he talkin shit when Lyoto Knocked him out?

    • Anthony

      He was talking shit AS Lyoto was knocking him out,

  • how many times did Rashad defend his title ? How many times Jones defend his title this year? Either Rashad thinks the rest of the 205 division are cans, or he needs to rethink who is mentally weak.

  • shereko

    I honestly think there is no way Jones doesn’t destroy Rashad. I think Jones is arrogant and acts fake about being modest, but doesn’t matter he’s that good, and been that dominant. He looks like a man against boys at 205. I’m not a fan, but I think thats a bigger compliment to him in the fact I still don’t see him losing for a LONG time. Not saying he’ll beat Anderson records for longevity because I don’t have a crystal ball because thats years of dominance, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it happens.

    • OK I really don’t get why so many ppl thinks he’s”Arrogant and Acts Fake about Being Modest”as you said it.Please would you explain it to me!Hey I’m not being Sarcastic or anything,but I really don’t get it!!! I mean all the interviews and specials I’v seen about Jones he was always humble and respectful.If someone talks shit about him,well he talks shit back he don’t take it,i mean is that a fault?He looks after his Family,his a Church going Christian,he don’t Party and do drugs,after fights he talks about his opponents with Respect.Seriously why is he a fake?Maybe I missed something he said idk,Please let me know if I did!As I said I don’t try to be a smart ass I really can’t see anything that would make him that!Thank You very much and please Let me know will u/ cheers my friend!!!

  • Towers66

    I love watching Jon Jones fight. He is amazing at murdering high level fighters faces. Rashad has not accomplished what Jones has. Overlooking Rashads skills and ability is something I’m not going to do. I think he stands a good chance of dethroning the champ or at least he stands a better chance than others in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I believe Jones will dominate this fight but you never know with this sport.

  • joan

    In MMA enything can happen. And the only way that Rashad can beat Jones is by dumb luck. I hope that he dont pull a Matt Serra vs GSP on him. There is no way I can see Rashad dominating this fight. I dont think Jones will let this fight go beyond the third round.

  • Lesnardo



    • TKD

      I would respect him if he just shut his mouth and fought. He is great at running his mouth, but let’s see what that gets him in this fight with Jones. If Jones isn’t tentative, I am guessing it gets Retard knocked out!

  • I’m sure Rashad is a bit stronger mentally, given his experiences in MMA, but I wouldn’t say that Bones is weak in any aspect. I am pulling for Rashad in this fight, but he will likely need more than a mental edge to win this one.

    • TKD

      I would say that Jones is probably mentally tough enough right now to beat anyone in that division. With the fighters he has gone thru last year alone he is mentally tough.

  • mmachoman

    I think that the only place Rashad can beat Jones is on the ground with his wrestling. But guess what? Jones can wrestle too.

  • lonniebatt

    Jon Jones is going to Knock you the **** out Rashard.. I am sure you are just talking **** you have no clue about that kid and we will see

  • There’s a new breed of fighter in town and old school Evans is going to get battered… no amount of mind games are going to change that. He’s not demonstrated any dignity in his approach to this fight nor anything dynamic in his latest fights since losing the title to show that he is capable of dealing with the skill and diversity that Jones brings to the Octagon.
    From the recent interview footage when confronting Jones and trying to dig up old scores, it seems that he’s either scared or deluded and Jones will leave him for dead on the canvas, much like he did with Machida.

  • OK I actually like both Guys and definitely they are the 2 top fighter at 205.lbs.I think Jonny”Bones” never fought an Athletic fighter like Rashad,and if what Rashad saying here,about the Mental Weaknesses of Jonny”Bones”is true than it could be a very close though fight!!!Don’t forget though that Jon went through 3 though fights against former Champions and Dominated them Physically and Mentally so looks like Jon grew up and handled&worked out the weaknesses Mental issues!!!So it could be a long,long Night for Rashad!Both fighters gonna wanna destroy the other one so it’s going to be a different fight for both Guys than they’v ever fought before.There could be huge mistakes and I think that Rashad.s age can be a plus if he can handle the pressure!I still think “Bones”going to win coz he proved it many times he can hadle the mental pressure,Will see.All I hope when it’s over they can be friends once more again.I can’t wait for this fight Cheers all

    • JQuestinflas

      its spelled T O U G H. Just sayin, though.

      • Lesnardo

        lol at some of these posters.

  • yawyanfighter

    Dream on rashad dream on. You will lose this fight I know that, I am not just a big fan of jones but analyzing the skills, fight style, striking, and of course well rounded inside the octagon I would say it is jones who has the advantage. So good luck rashad, I jones will win either by tko or submission.

  • chrislovely

    Im so sick of your head games Rashad. Yes Bones looked up to you when he first started. Yes you should b proud that he looked up to like a big brother. But saying that shit is hitting below the belt . Come on man REALLY!!! Look at hes age. hes still learning about life itself. Hes got alot to learn about life and the fighting game. But let me tell you something Rashad hes getting really good. Its scary how good hes getting. He just might be the best in the world right now at the age of 24. Man i cant wait until April 21st and hes teaching you how to take a ASS WHIPING!!!