Fuel TV has released this very interesting video of Rashad Evans analyzing Jon Jones' UFC 135 title defense against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Evans, of course, will challenge Jones for the title at UFC 145 on April 21 in Atlanta Georgia. Evans famously beat Rampage by decision at UFC 114 after one of the bitterest feuds in UFC history.
Of course his feud with former teammate Jon Jones has, if anything, been even more bitter.
Some notes from Evans commentary:
- He's critical of Rampage for letting himself get pushed into the fence, fighting at the wrong range and standing right in front of Jones "watching him" instead of attacking.
- He's very complimentary of Jones' use of southpaw stance but also says he thinks that is the position from which Jones may be the most vulnerable.
- Pre-fight he's very emphatic that Jackson needs to be "right in Jones' chest" and fight up-close and inside.
- Rashad's tip for fighting Jones: "Put your head right on his chest, make him uncomfortable."
- Praises Jackson's ability to escape mount.
It will be very interesting to see if Evans can execute on any of these points when he gets his shot at Jones.
As a bonus, some commentary from #1 contender Dan Henderson on the Jones vs Evans matchup, after the jump.
"Don't count out Rashad Evans. Everybody's assuming it will be Jones, but Rashad is a good fighter too. Rashad got a lot of criticism for his last performance [against Phil Davis], but I thought he fought really well, really solid. Jon Jones is tough, but Rashad could definitely come out winning. He will definitely put Jones on his back if he fights like he did against Phil Davis. Rashad's the better wrestler, it's just that Jones is awkward. But Jones wouldn't be able to stop him taking him down for that long.
"They have two different styles, two different fights. Rashad is good on his feet, good with his striking, and he would definitely try to put me on my back more than Jon Jones would. Jones is longer, kicks a little bit more, stays on the outside and is awkward, and that is something I would have to deal with."