Im not into breaking down what people say and finding hidden meanings but this jumped out at me in a big way and I had to share my take on what Rashad said.
In one month, on April 21 in Atlanta, Iím getting my title back but, to me, beating Jon Jones up and proving I am the better man and better fighter is even more important than waking up the next day as a two-time UFC champion.
I don't think Rashad believes this yet and he is going in to see if what he hopes is true actually is.
For someone who says he doesnít talk a lot, Jon talks a hell of a lot. If thereís any validity to what heís saying, if thereís any truth to him being the ďMuhammad Ali of MMA,Ē then heís got to deal with me. Itís not a fight he is taking lightly, Iím sure. Jon always trains hard, and I know he will be training extra hard for this fight against me.
I believe that Rashad needs to believe that Jon thinks he is the toughest fight of his career. Rashad needs Jon to be taking this fight as personal as he is.
I heard a stat about Jon that heís never been taken down in the UFC. But Iíve taken him down plenty(past tense), and I know he canít fight off his back.Rashad has convinced himself this is still the case I think my takedowns will be a key to this fight. I know Jon can take me down, too Ė heís done it Ė but Iíve taken down every single fighter Iíve ever wanted to get down, and I took Jon down time and time again in the gym. I think style-wise I am all wrong for him.
This is full of insecurities and really doesnt seem like a confident fighter talking.
At UFC 145, I think it will come down to who really wants it. We are both going to get beat on in this fight, we are both going to get banged up and hurt, but I want this more.
He is sure its going to be a war meaning he knows Jon can hurt him, Jon has never thought Rashad can do anything to him....More Tells.
Maybe I am reading to much into this but Jon seems confident and doesnt think it will be a war. Rashad, however, seems that he is in for the toughest fight of his life, yet when he talks to the media he says that he can hold Jon down and beat on him for 25 straight. Just my opinion.