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Rashad offers to help 'disillusioned' Jon Jones

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Jon Jones and Rashad Evans have not always seen eye-to-eye during their time in the UFC © Getty Images
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Rashad Evans has offered to help Jon Jones out of the current hole in which he finds himself, insisting the UFC light-heavyweight champion has forgotten who he is.

Evans and Jones used to be close training partners, but a bitter divide eventually led to the pair fighting in the Octagon. Jones won, but Evans is still prepared to be a mentor to the 25-year-old.

Rashad, who still covets another shot at the light-heavyweight title, has claimed for a while that Jones is a "fake", and he maintains that his former camp member is putting on a persona. Now, having taken serious flak for turning down Chael Sonnen at UFC 151, Jones needs to get back to being himself - according to Evans.

"I think right now, he needs to really sort out some things in his life," Evans told The MMA Hour. "Find some people on his team who are really going to give a true idea and true perspective of where he's really coming from because sometimes I think he's a little bit disillusioned. I think disillusion can cause a lot of harm to you.

"For the most part, he needs to be who he truly is. But, being who he truly is, is not a guy who is disliked. He can actually be a good person, but I think him slipping back and forth between the person who he thinks people want him to be and who he truly is has really messed him up.

"And he doesn't know where to come from now. He doesn't know who to be. So he's trying to balance out who he should really be. When he first came in, he was trying to be something a little too much of what he really wasn't.

"Of course, if he ever needed me for [advice or] anything like that, I'll be there to talk to him and to help him out if he needs it. And I don't know everything there is to know about life, either, so I'm sure if there's something I have a problem in life, I'm sure I can learn from him, too."

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