ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 16: Fighters Jon Jones (L) and Rashad Evans pose after 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)
"I know how to beat him. There are things about his game which he can't change. The fact that we used to train together gives me a lot of confidence. I know where I need to get to with Jon in order to fight my game. Jon's a tall guy, I can't, obviously, fight on the outside. I gotta get inside where I can fight my game. I see a lot of spaces in Jon's game for a lot of different things. I'm to the point where it doesn't matter who you are, if I take you down, I'm going to unleash my ground and pound on you. I think I've improved more since the last time we trained together. I'm in a new environment, I had to learn. He's in the same environment, same coaches, learning the same thing. I will defeat Jon Jones and become UFC light heavyweight champion."
-- Rashad Evans tells UFC.com he knows exactly what he needs to do to take the light heavyweight championship from current titleholder Jon Jones when the two lock horns inside the Octagon at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012, at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. His knowledge comes from the fact that he spent extensive time training with "Bones" at Greg Jackson's Gym down in New Mexico but Evans has a different source of confidence. He believes the split from his old gym has led him to grow as a fighter in a way Jones has been unable to thanks to staying in the same place with the same coaches. Will a supposedly stagnant champion run into an entirely new beast when the two finally settle their differences in the cage? Or is Evans overstating the importance of his travels since leaving his old fight team? Opinions, please.