UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones just got past one of the stiffest challenges of his young career by defeating his former training partner and rival Rashad Evans.
The two engaged in a lengthy, heavily-hyped feud before their bout, which soaked up as much if not more attention than the fight itself. Looking ahead to his next challenge, Dan Henderson, Jones is just hopeful that his new opponent won’t start in with the trash talk.
“As far as Dan Henderson, I’m excited about him,” Jones said during a recent appearance on ESPN’s MMA Live. “He’s a great fighter. You know, I’ve gone through a lot with Rashad as far as all of the trash talking and I really hope Dan’s listening and I really hope that Dan keeps it classy throughout this fight. You know, I respect him as an older man, I respect him as a warrior and I just hope he keeps it classy and not drag me through another trash-talking bout. Let’s stick to why we’re really here: let’s just fight.”
Jones is expected to face Hendo sometime in August or September; that bout will be the 24-year-old’s fourth attempted title defense.