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Video: Jon Jones and Rashad Evans Trade Verbal Shots on SportsNite

Video: CSS-Sports.com  (Part II after the jump)

Their battle has been a long time coming, and with a date finally set the war of words between Rashad Evans and Jon Jones is starting to heat up. Fresh off the heels of their UFC 145 presser, the two sat down with the crew of SportsNite to verbally squab once more.

Jones dutifully stuck to the script, referring to this bout as just another chapter in “his storyline” and flattering himself whenever possible. Rashad seemed content to lay back and paint ‘Bones’ as a fraud and a hypocrite. No one got KTFO, but both men scored with the jab—here’s a quick look at some of the exchanges.

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Jones: “There’s something about being really young and fresh. You know I haven’t seen the world. I don’t have the riches. And I don’t have this, and I don’t have that…”

Evans: “You got a Bentley, don’t you? Or a Rolls Royce?”

Jones: “Yeah, I do have a Bentley. I do have a Bentley. A 2012 Bentley.”

Point: Evans  Jones made over $500k in disclosed purses last year alone (not including sponsorships), routinely travels throughout the US (and abroad), and is no stranger to the talk show circuit. Sure, it’s a relatively new world to him, but at 24-years-old he’s already experienced more fame and fortune than most UFC fighters. Yes, he’s young, but at this point in his career he has little in common with a line cook at Denny’s.

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Jones: “I’m extremely confident. I do believe my own hype, and I’m working towards making it true.”

Evans: “But that’s the worst thing you can ever do.”

Jones: “Well, it’s working for me. I’m not saying that it’s an arrogance thing…”

Evans: “It is an arrogance thing.”

Jones: “No, it’s not. I believe that I’m the greatest.”

Point: Evans  There’s nothing wrong with believing you’re the best, especially when so many people agree with you. But it’s difficult to declare yourself someone that “America can learn from” while trying to maintain a humble, down-to-earth demeanor.

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Evans: “When you fall, when you will fall…”

Jones: “What a negative energy you’re coming from…”

Evans: “When you fall, ’cause you will fall…”

Jones: “Why are you worried about my fall? You’re not saying you’ll make me fall?”

Evans: “You know what, I hope you never fall, but you will.”

Jones: “You hope I never fall? You’re fighting me in April.”

Point: Jones  Rashad came across much more naturally overall while Jones stumbled with his words from time to time, but this was a nice barb for ‘Bones’.

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Part II  (Video: CSS-Sports.com)


What do you think of Jones’ uber-confidence? Refreshingly honest or a bit too much?

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dude- February 20, 2012 at 7:28 am
Who cares what Jon Jones says or how he lives his life, whether he's a fake or not, just as long as he gives us great fights. I'm rooting for Jones cause he's a great fighter but I also hope Rashad can give him a fight we all wanna see
dude- February 20, 2012 at 7:25 am
Jon Jones is a 'quiet' Muhammad Ali.
ArmFarmer- February 20, 2012 at 6:33 am
Cagepotato, why do you continue to make your site more shitty. I didn't really get the spacing complaint, but after that last post it's pretty obvious. I made two seperate comments directed at two different people, and it's all run together. If you aren't going to fix your site, at least stop making it more shitty please.
ArmFarmer- February 20, 2012 at 6:30 am
@johnyhate
The fact that you can get to know the individual atheletes and form opinions about who you do and don't like is why I prefer mma over something like football, where you are routing for like 50 people and those people don't even stay the same from 1 year to the next, so in reality you are just routing for an emblem and color scheme. I like mma because I can say "ya know, that guys cool as shit I want to see him succeed" or.. "that guy is a real dick, i'd like to see him get his face smashed". I don't see any problem with that...

@alberto
Typing in all caps makes your opinion matter more.. or it just makes me refuse to read whatever it is you are yelling about.
boomtime- February 20, 2012 at 6:19 am
I thought chritians were not allowed to strike another human, oh but wait it's ok if you get paid for it, and it's ok to infect native americans with small pox if they do not revert to chritianity, religion is bullshit and so is jones
Dagnut- February 20, 2012 at 5:14 am
I think that's another clue to Jones sexuality...I'm not judging the guy if he's gay and doesn't want to come out it's no ones business but I'm starting to think these rumours are true..
doomrider7- February 20, 2012 at 3:46 am
I love the hate for Jones and always have. It makes the curb-stomping's he dishes out soooooooooooo much better. Can't wait for April 21 to see just how bad Jones beats Rashad.
albertogruiz- February 20, 2012 at 12:38 am
MAN!ALOT OF YOU NEED TO QUIT TALKING DOWN ON JON JONES,THE GUYS HAD THE BEST YEAR IN UFC HISTORY,ANDERSON SILVA DOESN'T WANT TO FIGHT THE GUY,AND HES ONLY 24 YEARS OLD!WHO GIVES A SH!T IF THE GUYS SPEECH IS NOT PERFECT OR YOU THINK HES ARROGANT,I PERSONALLY DIDNT SEE THAT AS ARROGANT BUT AS A FIGHTER YOU HAVE TO BE CONFIDENT,WHO CARES WHAT HE SAID ABOUT RAMPAGE AND THE PICTURE HE SHOULD OF POSTED IT LOL,WHY DONT YOU GUYS MENTION ABOUT HOW RASHAD KEEPS CRYING ABOUT WHY JONES SAID HE'LL FIGHT HIM AND CRYING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL WHO JUST GOT HER HEART BROKE,LOL,SPEAK ON THAT!RASHAS IS PLAYING AND SIMPLY JUST JEALOUS.
Crazy Croat- February 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm
jaketyson85 Says - yup we were definitely watching the different videos..post me the link of yours will ya
FattyYarborough- February 19, 2012 at 11:42 pm
I hope jones does that crawling thing at the beginning of the fight and gets kicked in the face
Sopapo- February 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm
Rashad is right this time. If jon jones losses he will not be the same fighter. at least till he gets confidence back
jaketyson85- February 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Not quite sure what video you guys were watching, but all I saw was Bones trying to take the high road and be positive combined with Rashad having sour grapes, being jealous, and making nebulous accusations without a source?
madcowboy- February 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm
no doubt the best thing that can happen to Jones is getting his arse knocked out soon, then God forbid your the one who faces him once he has been humbled and then works really that much harder on his craft. Jones has the potential to be as dominating as Spider Silva if he does continue to learn.
RearNakedSpoon- February 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm
"When it comes to executing MMA", I'm sure you actually mean "When it comes to being freakishly large for your weight class". Give him someone his own size like Overeem and he will end up in a knee induced coma with a punctured skull to drain out the excess ego.
intercept440- February 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm
rashad should have just jumped up and said " mutherfucka , let a nigga get a word in edgewise bitch. microphone hogging muthafucka, you axed me somethign now fucken let me respond to yuur fake ass shit biatch"
XENOPHON- February 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm
Double entendre is a figure of speech in which a spoken phrase is devised to be understood in either of two ways..........................................................................................
We can all agree, Jones is just a dumb kid - GRIN
johnhayte- February 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm
Jones is awkward on camera, comes across as arrogant, but who gives a fuck. When it comes to executing MMA, few are better in that regard than Jones right now. I could care less about whether he seems "fake" or not when giving interviews. People who obsess over the personalities of pro-athletes clearly need a hobby that doesn't involve projecting their own neurosis onto people they don't actually know shit about.
querobuceta- February 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm
While I agree that Jones comes off as an arrogant a-hole POS, I do also agree with the message he's trying to get across: If I don't believe in myself, who the f*ck will? I don't know what he is like off the cameras or on a personal level like Rashad does. But as a Psychology graduate, he of all people should understand the point Jones is trying explain. I am a huge fan of the saying "You are what you believe". If you feed your brain that you are something, it is easier for your body to fill that void. Fighting isn't just about being able to have good technique in a specific martial arts, there's a lot of mental work involved. Every fighter just deal with it in their own way. Take Nick Diaz per example. He believes in himself and puts in the work in the gym and doing his triathlons to make sure he is always at the level he believes so much. I am a big fan of the fighter-Jon Jones. Now, the off-cameras Jon Jones I can't say anything about. We just need to understand that everyone is different and have their own ways of dealing with things. The world would be a boring f*cking place if we were all the same. It's a tough world out there and it will eat it you up alive if you let it happen.
tp24890- February 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Jones is like the other "glass cannons" at Jacksons. They think they're the greatest till they get their first loss. Then they switch weight classes only to get rocked again and switch back to say some bs about "natural fighting weight". They're never the same.After a few shots to the face, they doubt themselves, you see it in all Jackson fighters.

Proof:Sanchez, Torres, GSP, etc
Coneblazer- February 19, 2012 at 11:46 am
The only thing America can learn from Jones is that his kind of arrogance is why the rest of the world hates the US. His arrogance is the type born from believing the crap that spews from the parasites that hang around him. You're just a man, and an f'n ugly one. An ass kicking is waiting just around the corner for you Bones
TellaTruth- February 19, 2012 at 11:20 am
yeah this reminds me of ronnie coleman, mister olympia. He was all humble and really likeable while he was the champ. then as soon as he lost, it was all conspiracy theories, bad judging, and he was the worst sport i had ever seen... Until koshcheck came along wishin gsp would get a career ending injury so that somebody else could have a chance to be champ.
NaturalBornRunner- February 19, 2012 at 11:13 am
i always root against jon cos of what he did to shogun, but i cant hate him or insult him for speaking the truth (IMO) there isnt any fighter in any weight class that can beat him, hes a mix of anderson and georges stylewise. he is one scary scary individual.Rashad is gonna get destroyed and humiliated
ThePeoplesTroll- February 19, 2012 at 11:09 am
I've always liked evans. he is confident and cocky at times, and people already hated him after matt hughes chirped him on TUF 1. but he is nothing now compared to jones. finally rashad can gain some fans if he lands a shot on jones' chin.. while jones is acting like condit for the first 2-3 rounds.
danomite- February 19, 2012 at 10:54 am
I love how people in MMA media tried to blame the fans when they all started jumping off the Jon Jones bandwagon. It's not because he became the champ, or because he beat our favorite fighters, or because he's black. It's because his whole image is a fraud, and fans don't like it when someone tries to bullshit them. It implies that you think we're stupid enough to believe the shit that you say. At least Rashad has always been upfront and open about his cockiness. Jones pretty much admitted to being a fake when he said he can't post pictures of his foot in Rampage's face because it will hurt his image. GO GET SOME FANS, JON!!!
Crazy Croat- February 19, 2012 at 10:31 am
he has a picture of his foot in rampage's face and didn't put it on line ? the fact that he keeps it and the fact that he said it is enough for all of us to see that he's fake and sends the fake image of a humble young man to the world
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