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UFC 145 Exclusive: Jon Jones On Life After Rashad, Steroids, His Heavyweight Future + More

At this point, everything that Jon Jones has to say about his rivalry with Rashad Evans has been said (and said, and said). But with less than a week remaining until their looooong-awaited showdown, we wanted to get a better sense of Bones’s mindset heading into his third light-heavyweight belt-defense at UFC 145. CagePotato video-correspondent Sal Mora spent a few minutes with the champ at his Jackson’s MMA homebase in Albuquerque for an exclusive fight-week interview that you can watch after the jump. Some highlights…

- On the possibility of a reconciliation with Evans after the fight: ”I honestly don’t know what will go on after the fight, but I really don’t have any interest in becoming friends with Rashad again. I’m not here to make friends, I’m here to do a job.”

- On moving to heavyweight: “I did ask Dana White, ‘Can I get a fight at heavyweight at the end of this year?’ and he told me that he didn’t think that was best for me right now. I’m totally okay with where I’m at and competing at the light-heavyweight division. I think there’s a lot of great competition left…I’m sure guys like Lyoto [Machida] are gonna be coming back around for their rematches too, so everything’s going according to plan.”

- On Alistair Overeem and the performance-enhancing drug crisis in MMA: “I’ve never seen anyone here at Jackson’s MMA participate in any type of steroid use. I don’t know anybody on our team that could possibly be taking steroids. And as far as Alistair Overeem, that’s really his problem. Steroids is unfortunately a part of all sports and he was just the one that got caught…It’s really not my world, I’ll compete against someone on steroids any day. I believe in some cases that people who abuse steroids have weakness in their hearts, you know, they don’t believe in working hard. I’m not against steroids, I think in some cases you need steroids, like if you’re an older gentlemen, or you have some type of illness or something like that, but when an athlete abuses it, I mean that’s their business.”

- On where he’ll be in five years: ”I see myself continuing to work hard, continuing to try to strive to solidify a place in the history books of the sport.”


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Comments

  1. Fletch the V Stretch Says:

    Tue, 04/17/12 - 06:40


    He actually didn't come across as a total d-bag in that interview. It is pretty dumb Dana White wouldn't let him take a fight at HW. If JJ wasn't in the LHW picture the division would be a lot more interesting. And let's be honest, the HW division everyone was saying was getting so much better just a year ago really has lost a lot of steam. Brock is gone, Carwin hasn't fought nor been mentioned in a year, Big Nog is older than dirt (I know he isn't but you get my point), Frank is middle of the road, Cain is coming off major surgery and will show us his progression against Frank, Reem is a cheater, Barnett/Cormier aren't in UFC yet, Werdum is good but I have never been the biggest fan, Fatboy Nelson is entertaining but will never make more than a ripple in the division, Skyscraper is the same, Pat Barry could be amazing but lacks something, etc. I feel like JDS will be king for a long time to come. And to think, he had to win 6 fights before even getting a title shot. He has ran through almost the entire division ALREADY and he just became Champ.
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    Tue, 04/17/12 - 06:50


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    Tue, 04/17/12 - 06:52


    Haha, it is hard to think of Nelson only making a "ripple" in anything...
  4. RwilsonR Says:

    Tue, 04/17/12 - 06:58


    “I’ve never seen anyone here at Jackson’s MMA participate in any type of steroid use. Why just the other day I was helping Nate Marquardt pop zits on his back, and we were discussing how neither of us would ever consider using that stuff."
  5. Fletch the V Stretch Says:

    Tue, 04/17/12 - 07:14


    Haha, I was thinking the exact same thing man.
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    Tue, 04/17/12 - 08:26


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    Tue, 04/17/12 - 08:27


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  9. Dana_Plight Says:

    Tue, 04/17/12 - 09:04


    I hope rashad wins, just so it can be one of the biggest upsets in the UFC. The UFC wants jones to win, DW wants jones to win, team Jackson knows rashads every move. Almost all momentum is against rashad at this point. It would be funny to see the look on DWs face as he puts the belt on rashad
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    Tue, 04/17/12 - 09:40


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  12. The12ozCurls Says:

    Tue, 04/17/12 - 09:43


    Fletch makes a good point - is SAL MORA doing this interview while pointing a gun at the head of Jon Jones. I swear there is actually an ounce or two of humility during this interview. But he does have that "Please don't blow my brains out Mr. Mora" look on his face.
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