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Evans: Jones' style is 'fatherless'

 

Rashad Evans doesn't let personal dislike color his evaluation of light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones' evolution as a mixed martial artist over the past year in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

"He's gotten a lot better and he's gotten more confident," Evans says of his former teammate at the Albuquerque camp run by coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn. "Before he would just kind of do things randomly and just whatever, but now I see a bit of a pattern. I see that he's finding his style a little bit more."

Given the level of animosity you've expressed over the past year, how do you stop that from overcoming you in the fight so you can stick to your game plan?

I'm a professional and I just try to remember that at all times. There's going to be moments in the fight where I probably get a little bit lit more than others, but my uncle used to have some great advice. He used to tell me: "Boy, you lose your head and your a-- will follow."

So I try not to lose my head.

Last year you used the adjective "fatherless" when you described Jon's fighting style to me. Why is that necessarily a bad thing?

It's not necessarily a bad thing. But in some respects when you do have a fatherless style, you don't have a basis or understanding of why you're doing certain things. You just kind of do it for the hell of doing it.

But once you have a base for it, you bring a structure to it. Then you can make it look like you have a fatherless style, but you're making it fit into your program.

 

 

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