Jon Jones 'hates' when people mention Rashad Evans, who 'has nothing to do with his heart and who he is right now'

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The UFC 128 conference call went down today (March 9) and was a rather pedestrian affair. Mauricio Rua, Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland kept it lighthearted and for the most part, so did Jon Jones.

That is, until a certain name came up.

"I want to be clear to other reporters, that I absolutely HATE when people mention Rashad Evans, especially throughout this training camp. He's a friend of mine but I'm fighting Mauricio "Shogun," one of the best fighters that's been around for a long time. So for people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now, I think, is 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. Right now it's me vs. Jon Jones and right now I'm beating all the weakness out of myself, I'm beating all the give-up out of myself, I'm beating the lack of cardio, I'm beating the lack of confidence; any sign of weakness that's within my heart right now, I'm getting rid of it. The fact that people are bringing up Rashad, it almost angers me. Rashad has nothing to do with "Shogun" and I think from here on out I won't even answer a question about Rashad."

Jones has officially drawn the line in the sand -- he's done answering questions about Rashad Evans until he finally throws down with Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 on March 19 in New Jersey.

The fast-rising prospect, who is right on the cusp of realizing his dream of winning one of the most prestigious titles in the entire sport, is sick and tired of having to answer questions about a potential fight against his teammate and training partner. He even goes so far as to say that "Suga" has nothing to do with his heart or who he is right now.

Which seems like an odd thing to say, considering that they are, as stated, training partners.

As it were, only 10 days remain until showtime, where the talk ends and the fighting begins. But is "Bones" going into his clash against "Shogun" with a little too much emotion on account of the constant badgering from the media about a potential fight against Evans?

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