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Jon Jones Is Done Answering Questions About Rashad Evans, Thank You Very Much


Like a pack of vultures circling around a limping wildebeest, we’ve all been keeping a close eye lately on Jon Jones and Rashad Evans, and the circumstances that may or may not be driving a wedge through their formerly rock-solid friendship. During a conference call earlier today for UFC 128, Jones’s amiable personality hardened up for a moment when a reporter asked him — for the last time — about he and Evans potentially fighting each other in the future. Here’s what Bones had to say:

“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. 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, and for people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now, I think it’s 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 versus Jon Jones, and I’m beating all the weakness out of myself, 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. 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…

Rashad’s my friend, he’s my boy, but I definitely won’t be thinking about Rashad at all throughout this fight. If anyone I’ll be bringing with me, it’s God. I’ll be bringing God with me and the faces and images of all my training partners and my coaches. I’ll draw from all of them. You know, there’s a quote that says you’re only as good as the people you’re around, and Rashad being one of them, but I have a lot of people outside of him who I can draw energy and power from, and they’ll all be with me.”

We’re going to respect Jones’s wishes and lay off the hurtful speculation, at least until after the fight. Besides, there are a lot of other notable MMA BFFs whose friendship might be on the rocks. For example, did you know that Cain Velasquez secretly blames Ryan Bader for the sudden loss of his formerly luxurious hair? More on that story, as soon as we finish sniffing the rest of this glue…

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vengful1- March 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm
He's just trying to focus on a tough champ. Biggest fight of his life and the reporters are asking about Rashad? That's insulting to Rua if you think about it. Rashad is not part of the equation (for Bones) until Bones takes out Rua. Maybe he doesn't want to look past Rua(SMART) and doesn't like the reporters looking past him. All the God talk is lame though. Shut up with that and continue to wreck face please.
Waxedpants- March 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm
love you rwr
Waxedpants- March 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm
I have faith too but I honestly think that after all we know of human history and the extreme variations in source material for what you white redneck biblethumpers think is some holy book is so insulting to even bonobo intelligence that it's hard to take you seriously at all . It's just fucking sad.
Waxedpants- March 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm
thank you for putting down the bible ( B is for bullshit) for a minute and making sense. You made me think.

@rwilsonr I'll tweet your ass so hard you'll be spitting yellow feathers out your mouth for a month.
ccman- March 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm
See I could care less about the whole god, car accident thing. I thought it was a great fight with bonner, and not long after it seemed like his controlled interviews were one thing, same question off the cuff another. He is a fake package under presumption of in the cage greatness. Yet in his own words though he is rude and allllll ego. Exactly what I refuse to associate with.
BossNasty- March 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm
I'm with on the whole tweet thing. I just realized he didn't just say God is Good ,but said God is Good to me. That is a bit insensitive but contrary to what many try to portray, christians aren't perfect nor is anyone on this earth. As a person of faith I would say that it is much better to TRY and be a good christian and fail than to not try at all. Still the more I think about his comment the more assholeish it seems.
RwilsonR- March 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm
@ waxedpants - I totally agree with that view of Jones. Although you make it hard to agree with you when you use words like tweet.
Damn! Now I used the word tweet. This is so embarrassing...
Waxedpants- March 10, 2011 at 11:51 am
" Thanking God in no way says God favors me over anyone else...."

That is exactly mine and a few other's point. I think that is exactly how he comes across. His tweet ( I can't believe I just used the fucking word tweet , I hate that shit so much ) after the car accident was a perfect example. " God is good to me! Forget about that bitch in the other car that got all jacked up , I'm feeling great !"

cecils_pupils- March 10, 2011 at 11:48 am
Yeah ReX - I tried to get us booked at some of the local clubs but no luck... turns out they thought we were a breakfast band called Hydraulic Omelette Platter.
Waxedpants- March 10, 2011 at 11:47 am
False humility comes to mind as well. He doesn't fool me , he's an arrogant prick with a god sized ego.
Waxedpants- March 10, 2011 at 11:42 am
@Shaky -- I agree

It's not the thanking god part which is nauseating, lots of fighters do that. It's the stench of entitlement and self absorption that he emits whenever he opens his mouth.
RwilsonR- March 10, 2011 at 9:42 am
^ "overcomb" - is that a reference to John Danaher?
BossNasty- March 10, 2011 at 9:01 am
I'd like to add that every person is responsible for their own relationship with God. Thanking God for blessing you with the tools, and will to win is what a Christian is supposed to do, Give glory to God. Winning just happens to bring that out more than losing. The person who lost has much to be thankful for as well, though his mood and disposition might allow him to see those things at that moment. Thanking God in no way says God favors me over anyone else, if you feel that way then maybe there are some insecurities you need to overcomb.
BossNasty- March 10, 2011 at 7:49 am
What I don't understand is how someone else thanking God pisses off other people. If you don't believe then watch the fights and go about YOUR business. You are watching him and then want to get mad about his beliefs. It's not like he's chasing you down in the streets to force you to listen to him. He isn't standing at the podium and preaching "You must believe in God". How does it hurt you in any way for him to thank God?
RwilsonR- March 10, 2011 at 7:43 am
@ ccman & shaky - like I said, I dislike Jones for his cockiness/arrogance. I think that is likely the source of his religious hypocrisy, although I think the car accident thing might have been a matter of oversight or not thinking the situation through more than out and out hypocrisy.
Just saying there are a number of people who immediately dislike someone at the mention of God or Jesus, and I think if you look back you'll find that this was there with Jones long before the car crash. In fact the car crash seems like more of an after the fact justification of what a lot of people already felt, and not the impetus for it with Jones. I think some people mistake thanking God or Jesus after a fight for the fighter thinking that God was helping them win. In most cases the fighter is just thanking the strength that they draw from their faith in God. I honestly don't get what that's like, since I don't really have that belief system, but I'm not offended that they do, nor do I feel the need to think I'm superior to them (and tell everybody about it) because I don't believe that. Like I said, I just prefer to let people believe what they want, especially in esoteric concepts like existence, where atheists get as tripped up as anybody in the certainty of their beliefs. As long as it isn't hurting me, I couldn't care if he thanks God, Thor, Cthulhu, or Darwin for his helping him win.
Stak40- March 10, 2011 at 7:23 am
IMO when a fighter thanks God after a fight he is more thanking God for all the blessing and abilities that God has given him (God given talent maybe)not so much for helping him win the fight. And what if God did help a particular fighter when a fight. It doesnt necessarily mean that God loves one more than the other but that he has different paths for each person. What if God helps Shogun beat Jones, maybe its Gods will to show Jones how to be humble. Maybe Shogun has a financial disaster around the corner and the win bonus will help out. Just saying.
Turd Furgeson- March 10, 2011 at 5:55 am
What a fag.
kmax1940- March 10, 2011 at 5:53 am
pulling for Rua... but i am pretty sure Jones is gonna get a takedown in round 1 then start dropping elbows.
ReX13- March 10, 2011 at 5:52 am
Some of ya'll may remember when cecils and i started a band called War Bones. We didn't get signed, our first video director tried to hit on my mom, and we blew the production budget completing our Pride collection. After finding out about Jones narcing on kids in college, we changed the band name to Hydraulic Omaplata. We haven't had practice in four months.
ccman- March 10, 2011 at 4:51 am
You can't prove a negative.
And bones is drawing all the hate because he Is fake. He has a pr rep forming some bull marketable image and everytime he speaks without a prepared answer every ounce of his arrogant dickness flies right out. Been saying it for 2 years now.
Shaky- March 10, 2011 at 2:42 am

Atheism is not a religion, though it is a belief. Futhermore, there is no real evidence for God, which is why religious believers have 'faith'. That is not a knock on religion, I believe that having faith is the point. There is vast evidence that a world can exist without God, but no direct evidence that God does not exist. Of course there is no evidence that a lot of things don't exist, like the famous 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' example.
Shaky- March 10, 2011 at 2:29 am
@Crackity Bones, RWilsonR and HulkSmash

I don't think it is necessarily the praising of God that people have a problem with in the case of Jon Jones. I think it is the self-absorbed nature of his praising. For example, when he had a car crash he exclaimed 'God is good' with no mention of the lady he crashed into. When asked, he said she was taken off on a stretcher and he doesn't know how she is doing. He praises God when good shit happens to him and cares little for those around him, which isn't very Christian anyway.
cecils_pupils- March 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm
No matter the flavor of haterade, Jones will flow like water and drown the Shogun.
dranokills- March 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm
Johnny unorthodox Jones runs his mouth yet some more, wow what a shocker.
Jones you are bum, you always were a bum, and your a cheating, chaotic bum. You don't deserve your wins, and now you will finally be fighting someone who doesn't care how fucking spastic you fight.
I hope we get a great knock out face, just like your butthole buddy rashad.
TheHulkSmash- March 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm
@RwilsonR - Thank you for articulating what I hope a lot of people here are thinking. I grew up on the West coast and have spent a lot of time listening to atheists blindly badmouth American Christians without even pausing to consider how judging someone else's beliefs makes them look.

We should all be intelligent enough to realize that atheism is a religion - there's as much evidence to prove the existence of God as there is to disprove it. If you say you don't have religion, that means you're agnostic.

All that said, it's always kind of funny when people thank God for their success, even though the people they've beaten out are often of the same faith. It presupposes that God loves one more than the other guy to give such thanks. I think that's what many are responding to when they get negative on the topic.