UFC 145 Video: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Talks Opponent Rashad Evans

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 16: Fighter Jon Jones speaks during a press conference promoting UFC 145: Jones v Evans at Philips Arena on February 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was cornered by a horde of media members after the UFC 145 open workouts and forced to answer a bunch of questions. Normally these interviews are drab and devoid of substance, but Jones is an engaging figure and eloquently covered everything thrown at him. He talked about his opponent Rashad Evans and what has changed since they were training partners, what he believes will be advantages for him in the fight, and the things he believes that people overlook in regards to his skills. You can catch the full video below, and a selection of quotes after the jump.

SBN coverage of UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans

On his weightlifting:

"It'll help me a lot. You know I think in the past, one of Rashad's main advantages was that he was a lot more seasoned, and he was a lot more strong than I was. When I first joined the UFC I never really cut weight, I came in extremely thin. Walking around at maybe 213, 210. Now I walk around at almost 230 at times. I'm just a lot more mature in my body and my physical strength, so I think that's gonna be a huge, huge difference for him and he'll feel it right away."

On areas where Bones feels like he has a leg up on Evans:

"My cardio will be a huge advantage. I haven't got tired in any of my fights except the Stephan Bonnar fight. So my cardio will be a big advantage I think, and my speed. With hands especially, and kicks. Very equal in speed. I think wrestling is gonna be awesome to see. I've been working very extensively on my wrestling. I feel good. I think, if there's any advantage he may have, it might be in the grappling department. I don't know, it used to be in the grappling department. We'll have to see how far my improvements have taken me."

On the things that people overlook in regards to his talents:

"If I watch my fights, I think there's a lot of things I do really well. And there's a lot of things that people look past in my fights. I think the biggest thing is my intelligence, I think that's totally looked past. I totally have speed."

Do people ignore his Fight IQ?

"Yeah. I think because a lot of people think I'm long, that makes me win. And that's kinda silly."

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