Evans unphased by Jones' sponsorships

by Mike Chiappetta | source: mmafighting.com

"I guess it is what it is," he said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "It seems they got their guy that they’re going to get behind, I guess. I can’t really say too much about that. I just got to go in there and do what I need to do. I can't really worry about that. I can't really worry about who they favor or who they may like. It doesn’t change anything."

Jones has come to be considered a massive favorite in the fight, nearly 6-to-1 in some places, even though Evans has only one career loss on his fight ledger.

It seems that the public isn't the only one betting on him. When asked if he believes the UFC is favoring Jones on fight night, Evans couldn't deny the possibility.

"If they’re sponsoring him, it may seem that way," he said. "But you know, honestly, it doesn't matter if they favor him or not. They have guys they want to get behind, so if they want to get behind him, that's on them. It doesn’t bother me though."

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6/1/12 1:24 AM by Titos Cracked Skull


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4/17/12 10:31 AM by rjbo71

I dont disagree with your assessment. But, The idea that Rashads miracle punch is miraculous is a bit of an overstatement. Both have the chance to knock each other out and given that momentum and youthful vigor are in Jones corner I don't give Rashad very good odds.

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4/17/12 10:26 AM by stonepony

That one loss for JJ is about as technical as a technicality can get IMO. It's not like he was doing The Goldfish like Rashad vs Lyoto.Also, JJ's two decisions, were his first two UFC fights. This fight against Rashad won't be going the distance either way. Rashad can land the miracle punch, or JJ will smash him unmercifully.

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4/17/12 10:22 AM by rjbo71

Jones15 wins 1 Lss8 KO/TKO5 Submissions2 DecisionsFirst fight 2008Rashad17 wins 1 Lss6 KO/TKO2 Submissions9 DecisionsFirst fight 2003It does appear that Rashad has problems "finishing" opponents.

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4/17/12 10:09 AM by stonepony

Rib injury... It's about as credible as claiming TRT at this point. Every shitty performance, is because of a rib injury.

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4/17/12 10:07 AM by stonepony

Damn... This is getting embarrassing...Anderson only got his ass beat by Chael for 5 rounds, because he wanted to. And, Rashad only edged out a boring close decision against a mid-level fighter, because he wanted to.Rashad took Davis down 3 times. Davis took him down twice. It was a boring fight because Rashad couldn't finish. And, JJ would have left either of them broken and bloody in the first round.

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4/17/12 9:52 AM by TigersBlood

Phil Davis is a skilled guy, especially in the grappling department. Although Rashad did have the tools to put him away, Davis should be given some credit for going the distance. What's more, from watching the pre-fight press conferences, Rashad seemed to give the impression that finishing the fight was only secondary in importance to proving which of the two has the better ground skills. It's not uncommon for fighters to do things of this nature--Anderson had a personal vendetta against Chael for trashing the Nog Bros, and mentioned explicitly (in the Like Water documentary) that he wanted to finish him with a submission. Viewed in this context, it's not surprising that he didn't scorch Davis with strikes--it probably wasn't the focus of his camp. There may have been an element of complacency mixed in there too, given that it was pretty obvious 'shad had it locked down after the first round, and he had no incentive to try anything risky (think Big Nog vs Mir).Rashad also has mentioned that he fought Davis with a rib injury, but either way, I don't see how systematically dismantling a fighter of Davis' caliber in the area where he excels the most can work against you.

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4/17/12 9:51 AM by Tad Ghostal

And yet Jones' sponsorships could have put Evans out of phase(but they didn't).

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4/17/12 9:42 AM by stonepony

It's been pointed out a million times, but a lot people are just never going to grasp the concept... The UFC does not control the testing, the regulation the reffing, the judging. etc. etc. If they did, it would be a conflict of interests yes.It COULD still be a conflict of interests, in that the UFC could pick and choose easy opponents for JJ. But, they're not, they're picking the appropriate matchups. JJ just makes it look easy.

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4/17/12 9:25 AM by Haole

How is it a conflict of interest? Seems to be the opposite, a harmonization of interest