Jon Jones and Rashad Evans stare each other down at the UFC 145 pre-fight press conference at the Park Tavern on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. Photo by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.
"When I watch my first fights I used to flail. Everything's flail-y, and I realize the power of flexing your abdominal when you try to strike and things like that. I definitely feel as though I'm hitting harder, and I'm excited. I wobbled Rampage (Jackson) a little bit when I hit him, and I wobbled Lyoto (Machida) when I hit him, and I think out of all those guys, Rashad has the weakest chin. I think he has the weakest chin of anyone I've fought since 2010, and I think I'm going to exploit that."
-- The UFC 145 press conference itself, new format and all, may not have featured many shots fired but Jon Jones wasn't shy about launching a few verbal missiles at Rashad Evans in the scrum immediately afterwards. "Bones," who will defend his light heavyweight championship against "Suga" this Sat., April 21, 2012, at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, called out his opponent's chin, referring to it as the weakest he's faced since 2010. This argument is presumably backed up by the fact that Evans was knocked silly by Lyoto Machida and rocked badly by both Quinton Jackson and Thiago Silva in his next two fights. Never mind the fact that he recovered from both and went on to win a decision in each contest. But maybe Jones is right and his power is enough to do what "The Dragon" did to Evans. Or maybe he'll meet the same fate as "Rampage" and Silva. Thankfully, we've only got two more days until we all find out. You ready, Maniacs?