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Jon Jones has holes in his game, trust me - Rashad

ESPN staff
March 30, 2012
Rashad Evans talks Jon Jones

Rashad Evans refuses to buy into the belief that Jon Jones is unbeatable at light-heavyweight, insisting the current UFC champion has plenty of areas he can exploit at UFC 145.

Jones has been outstanding in his MMA career, losing only once - via disqualification. Mauricio Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida have all been stopped in effortless fashion, prompting onlookers to suggest Jones will have to move to heavyweight for a challenge.

Evans flatly disagrees, insisting he knows every weakness of the champion due to their time as training partners. In the challenger's eyes, he holds all the ace cards having left Greg Jackson's camp to learn new tricks.

"Everything, my whole career, has been leading up to this fight right here," Evans said. "I respect Jon a lot as a fighter, he's a great fighter, but as a person I haven't got a lot of respect for him.

"I know how to beat him. There's things in his game that he can't change. The fact that we trained together, that gives me a lot of confidence. He's in the same environment, same coaches, learning the same thing.

"Jon's a tall guy so I obviously can't fight on the outside, I'll get inside and fight my game. I'm strong, I'm all heart, and I'm going to make him fight me.

"I see a lot of spaces in Jon's game. I'm at the stage where I'm going to take him down and unleash my ground-and-pound. I will defeat Jon Jones."

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