UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was the first to get a stylized promo all for himself in the lead up to his title defense against Rashad Evans at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012, at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Now "Suga" gets one of his own.
Jones' promo focused on his killer skills, showcasing in slo-motion his standing guillotine submission win over Lyoto Machida at UFC 140. Combined with the soft music, it felt like such an artsy farsty piece of work from the UFC.
This promo with Evans marks a return to form. Not that that's a bad thing. Rashad is showcased hard training, hitting heavy bags and shadow boxing with the intensity of a man out for blood. Out for payback. Hence the James Brown song and title of the promo itself, "The Payback."
Within the video, Evans explains the bad blood:
"Jon Jones was a friend, like my little brother. We were never even supposed to entertain the idea of fighting each other. This is a lot deeper than any other fight that I had. It is definitely code broken. When I'm out there tired, I think about Jon thinking he's better than me, thinking that he's going to expose me. I'm motivated beyond belief. I'd give my life for it right now. I'm Rashad Evans fired up by something -- you better get out the way. It is about payback."
Whose promo was better, Maniacs?
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