Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans knows what it feels like to stand on top of the mountain. Now, Evans’ former teammate, Jon Jones, gets to relish in that feeling.
On Friday night’s episode of UFC Roundtable: The Analysts, Evans will discuss in detail why he feels Jones is so incredibly tough. The series returns to Fuel TV at 10 p.m. ET.
“The reason why (Jones) fights so fearlessly is because he really doesn’t have that much fear,” Evans said. “The minute you start having fear is the minute you become like everybody else who competes – afraid to take chances, afraid to pull off those big moves that you did in practice. That hesitation leaves you vulnerable for a counter.”
Evans had his UFC title run ended by Lyoto Machida. “Suga” worked his way back into contention, but was unable to wrestle the title away from Jones. He did push his former Jackson MMA teammate the distance, becoming the first – and so far only – fighter to go five rounds with “Bones.”
Evans returns to action in February when he faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar. It is his first match since losing to Jones in 2012.