• UFC 145

'Sick' Rashad ready to repeat Liddell shocker

ESPN staff
April 19, 2012
The Keys to Victory

Rashad Evans no longer wants to talk about Jon Jones, he no longer wants to hear about Jon Jones and he most definitely does not want to look at Jon Jones anymore ahead of UFC 145 on Saturday.

Evans cut a frustrated figure at the pre-fight press conference on Wednesday, fulfilling his media duties but clearly desperate for all the talk to be over. While Jones claimed he embraced all the hype leading into the event, the challenger confessed he just wants to fight.

In one of the most talked-about contests for many a year, all of the history between two former team-mates who came to a bitter split is already known. And, after hundreds of questions about it, Evans admitted enough was enough.

"I'm sick of talking about Jon, I'm sick of looking at him," the challenger stated. "All this talk, it's time to fight. We've talked about this to death. We've been going back and forth. We both are just tired of it."

Jones looked enormous compared to Evans when the paired squared off for the cameras, providing yet another reason for the champion to be fancied as a huge favourite.

Evans reminded the media, though, that he has been here before, when nobody gave him a chance before he knocked out Chuck Liddell.

"People used to interview me and ask, 'What have you even done to earn this fight with Chuck Liddell'," Evans explained. "I was invisible, and it's the same now. People don't expect me to win, but I know what I've got to do."

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