Although former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Rashad Evans is in Istanbul to corner his friend and training partner Tyrone Spong during the Glory 15 tournament, he still found the time to discuss the UFC 172 main event between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.
Evans, a former training partner of Jones’ at Jackson’s MMA, believes that the match-up is suited to Jones’ strengths, particularly his speed and movement, while Teixeira will be relying simply on his punching power.
“I think Jones will get him. I think this fight kind of resembles the Rampage and Jones fight. You know that Teixeira is a big puncher with a lot of experience but he doesn’t have one crucial element and this is good movement. He doesn’t have the good movement that he would need to bring problems to Jones. I think Jones will win by being quick, being able to get out and get in, strike and get out of the way. “
Divulging into further detail, Evans explained that Teixeira’s last fight against Ryan Bader exposed him for his lack of movement and balance, something he can expect Jones to take advantage of in the fight. He also suggested that Jones would approach this fight with a ‘lot more focus’ following his close fight with Alexander Gustafsson last September.
“Teixeira doesn’t look like his balance is too good sometimes, like when he fought Bader he was drunk-driving like a motherfucker in that fight. He got caught, he was dizzy. I think that Jones is starting to really starting to believe more… well not believe, because he always believed, but that last fight with Gustafsson shook him, so now he is approaching it from different angles. He will have a lot more focus. “
While the former UFC champ admits that there is a significant amount of hype behind Glover, he is confident that Jones will finish him within the allotted time frame.
“Mohammad Lawal trains at ATT and he is a really good friend of mine. He has been saying that Teixeira is looking killer right now. I have heard that from a few different people now. But if I had $100 and was forced to make a bet, I would say Jones all day. I think he is going to finish him.”
Evans calls Lawal by his actual name. Kudos. And additional kudos for his comments in regards to Glover Teixeira’s fight vs. Ryan Bader.