A beef seems to be brewing between two of the sports top 205-pounders, Rashad Evans and Jon Jones. The two have stated in the media that there are no hard feelings between them, but a recent series of interviews between the two fighters, coupled with the rumor of Rashad leaving Team Jackson, makes one have to believe otherwise.
In his most recent segment of “Suga and Pep” on Pro MMA Radio, Rashad had a handful of comments regarding Jones.
Rashad was asked about the comment Jones made — “I have a lot of people outside of Rashad who I can draw energy and power from and they’ll all be with me.” — regarding not taking Rashad into the cage with him.
“That does sound a little bit cold-blooded”, Rashad responded. “Jon’s a young guy and when you’re a young guy sometimes you talk a little too fast for your brain to keep up…I don’t think it’s acceptable at all. I don’t think it’s something I’d say.”
Rashad was then asked how he felt about the Jones quote: “I absolutely hate when people mention Rashad Evans, especially throughout this training camp….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. This guy has nothing to do with Shogun and from here on out, I don’t think I’ll answer a question about Rashad.”
Why would Jones, who Rashad looked at as a brother, hate when people mention one of his mentors? Rashad did not appreciate those comments by Jones.
“It sounds like he wants to fight, huh? Those sound like fighting words. Ya know, I don’t know how to judge the kid. It’s kinda messed up, to be honest. Ya know, I can’t control what anyone else says and it sounds to me like he’s a little bit insecure about the whole thing. Sometimes when you open your mouth you show what you’re afraid of more than anything. I don’t know why he has such an adverse response like that to me. I’ve never challenged him or made him feel like he should do that sort of thing. It sounds to me — if I was out of the situation — that he was feeling insecure about me,” Rashad said.
He then added that Jones’ comments made the rising star “sound like a baby.”
To close off the segment, Rashad mentioned he had been working with Trevor Wittman over the last few camps and that he now is open to fighting current or former training partners. Rashad also added that reality may be he won’t use Greg Jackson at all moving forward and has been playing around with the idea.