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Jones reckons Evans 'has no chin'

ESPN staff
December 6, 2011
Jon Jones does not think much of Rashad Evans' chin © Getty Images
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UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon 'Bones' Jones believes Rashad Evans "does not have a chin" and warns that Evans' forthcoming opponent Phil Davis has a great opportunity to beat him.

Jones has long been tipped for a title showdown with Evans - his former friend and team-mate - but a showdown has so far been prevented by injuries to both fighters. Jones is defending his title against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 this weekend, while Evans takes on Davis at UFC on Fox 2 at the start of 2012 in a bid to prove he remains the division's No. 1 contender.

Jones could not resist putting the boot into Evans, however, claiming the experienced fighter lacks a chin - something he will know how to exploit if they ever do get in the Octagon.

"It's an interesting fight. I'll go with Rashad because of the experience factor," Jones told MMA Hour. "But Phil Davis can win more than he realises, he has to be comfortable striking. I won't say too much because I have my own ideas on how to beat Rashad, but I don't think Rashad has a chin at all.

"Trust me Rashad does not have a chin. But it will be a closer fight than people may realise."

Jones, the youngest champion in UFC history, has been accused of arrogance as he prepares for his second title defence of 2011. But the 24-year-old insists his public perception and private behaviour are markedly different.

"I only mean well - a lot of things I say can come off as arrogant, but I only mean well," he said. "I can't control the way people perceive me, it's just who I am. I realise that not everyone is going to love you.

"I have changed as a fighter and I do think I am the best fighter. I won't lose to Lyoto, I will not lose to Rashad or to [Dan] Henderson or any other guy. Yeah I am a little cocky, and I think it's important to be that way. But I won't change as a person; I stay true to my friends, my family, Endicott, New York.

"As Jonathan in the real world, anyone that has ever met me, they know I'll treat you with the utmost respect. But yeah; Jon Jones the fighter will beat you up."

Jones also dismissed questions about whether Machida, who has lost two of his last three bouts, deserved a title shot.

"He looked great against Randy Couture, whether he deserves a title shot or not he is Lyoto Machida and I'm happy for him," he said. "He has the name and recognition to get the title shot and now I'm here."

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