This Saturday will see Champion John “Bones” Jones face-off against former champion and team mate Rashad Evans. The UFC have released one final promotional video before the fight. Not that this fight needs much promotion given the bad blood between these two — you can watch the video here .
Here’s the thing , it seems to me that “Bones” Jones has become very cocky since winning the strap against Shogan Rua at UFC 128. There is no problem with a fighter being cocky, in fact it is to be expected, after all he is the champion. You have to go in there with full confidence — knowing that there is nothing your opponent could do to you. In the case of Jones this feeling is more prominent as he has literally destroyed all of the people he has come against. Although, this could be to the champions detriment.
Evans is the most dangerous fighter that Jones has fought. He has great head moment, amazing footwork, great boxing and fantastic wrestling. The critical dynamic to all of this, is that Evans and Jones used to be training partners, it’s refreshing to finally see team mates fight each other. Granted they’re not team mates any more, they will know in great detail their flaws and strengths.
I think that Jones has put himself at a disadvantage, his promotion for this fight, the saga in general has painted Evans to be a victim of team politics. If I was Evans, this is the biggest must -win fight in his career, not even because it is a title fight but because he feels betrayed. Betrayed by his former team mate, coach and everyone else associated to Greg Jackson’s gym. I think an opponent that just wants to hurt you, means that it is going to be a terribly long and painful night for the champion.