UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones speaks further on the recent comments made by former friend and training partner, Rashad Evans, explaining that “Suga” thinks he got his number, but in reality he doesn’t even have his area code.
Jones, speaking via ESPN.com, said:
“My opponent believes he “has my number” because of the time we spent training. While he is obviously familiar with how I fight, I am familiar with him too, and we didn’t spend that much time training together. If you added up all the days we worked out together or sparred, we probably only trained together for a month. That’s a ton of time to observe someone, but it’s not like we spent years training with each other.”
“And I’ve learned more in this past year after my opponent left the gym than in any other year in my career. A year ago I was preparing to meet another young contender – Ryan Bader – then I was offered the title shot on six weeks’ notice against Shogun Rua. Since then, I have defended the belt against Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida, two legends in the UFC. To do all that, I had to grow so much as a fighter and my opponent isn’t thinking it through if he believes I am the same fighter I was even 12 months ago.”
“The other thing my opponent has been saying is that I am inexperienced. I’m the youngest-ever UFC champion, and you can’t be the youngest champion and the most experienced at the same time, especially after defeating some of the opponents that I have in the past year. I feel I am doing well. I had a very good 2011, beating a top contender, the reigning champion and then two top-ranked former champions – all of those fights gave me great experience.”
“I’ll let my opponent continue to say he has my number. On April 21 he’ll realize he doesn’t even have my area code.”