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Updates From Rashad Evans' Pre-UFC 135 Q & A

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Join MMA Nation today at 4 p.m. ET as former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans takes part in a live question and answer session with members of the UFC Fight Club from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg co-emcees the event. Live updates and notable quotes are listed below:

  • "I'd rather fight Jon Jones (over Jackson). We have a history."
  • "Mayweather was within the rules to punch Ortiz when he did."
  • "You can't take away what Jon Jones has done, but he hasn't put in the kind of work that Rampage has."
  • "I don't have to bring anything different to a fight with Jon Jones than what I've already done to him in training."
  • He doesn't care who wins the main event of UFC 135 between Jon Jones and "Rampage" Jackson, but he "has a feeling Rampage is gonna pull it off."
  • If he was going to move to heavyweight he'd want to fight Cain Velasquez. For middleweight it would have to be Anderson Silva. "I would love to fight someone like Anderson."
  • He will never train at Greg Jackson's gym again. "It's not family there anymore."
  • "I'm my biggest competitor. It's not so much about about the guy I fight as it is myself."
  • "It's going to depend which Koscheck comes in, but I'll go with Koscheck (over Hughes)."
  • "Diego (Sanchez) is tough, man. He's wild."
  • "I wouldn't sit around and watch, for one. For two, I wouldn't be talking when getting rained on with punches." (in rematching with Machida).
  • "If (Jon) Jones starts feeling it, and moves around on his feet, it's over."
  • "I don't think Jon (Jones) was in on the Spy situation. It was probably just his manager."
  • "When they first brought (Jones) to camp, Greg Jackson assured us that he would stick behind me and we wouldn't have to fight. If you can't trust your friends then who can you trust?"
  • Asked what one fight he would make, "The GSP - Anderson Silva fight. That's a fight right there."
  • "My mom breaks down a fight. She calls me right when I get the fight and then calls me a few days before the fight, telling me what I need to do."
  • "The hardest thing about being a professional MMA competitor would have to be the training. It's like Groundhog Day. Every day is the exact same. By the time the fight comes I'm more than ready."
  • "I would love to fight Hendo (Dan Henderson) if I have the opportunity, while I still can. My next fight could possibly be my last one."
  • "I was very impressed with DC (Daniel Cormier). It's crazy to see how much better he's gotten since he started. His learning curve is incredible. That dude is like a sponge."
  • "I hate to even hold a grudge. I guess when the burden becomes to heavy for me to carry, then I'll let my grudge with Jones go."
  • "I still talk to Meathead (Matt Mitrione). He's my boy. He's for real."
  • "I've never seen him get knocked out. We'll see tomorrow if he has a chin."
  • "During that fight I was so tired I peed myself (against Brad Imes). For real, I did."
  • Says elbow strikes are the most underutilized tool in MMA.