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'Angry' Jones bans talk of Rashad Evans showdown

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Jon Jones' patience finally snapped over the topic of a potential fight with Rashad Evans, and one journalist bore the brunt of the light-heavyweight's frustration.

Jones is gearing up for the biggest fight of his life against Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC 128, which sees the 23-year-old get his first UFC title shot. However, much of the pre-fight talk has surrounded his relationship with Evans.

The pair train together at Greg Jackson's gym and previously vowed never to fight, although Evans recently softened his stance. Jones has been asked incessantly if he too had come around to the idea of sharing an Octagon with the former 205lb champion, and his patience finally gave in.

"With all due respect to you as a reporter - and I want to make it clear to all the other reporters - but I absolutely hate when people mention Rashad Evans, especially throughout this training camp," Jones said during a pre-UFC 128 conference call.

"He's a friend of mine, but I'm fighting Shogun, one of the best fighters that's been around for a long time, and for people to even be mentioning Rashad Evans right now, I think it's ludicrous.

"Rashad is not in my mind, he's not in my being. He has absolutely zero to do with my heart and who I am right now. Right now it's me versus Jon Jones, and I'm beating all the weakness out of myself, beating all the give-up out of myself, I'm beating the lack of cardio, I'm beating the lack of confidence - any sign of weakness that's in my heart, I'm getting rid of it.

"The fact that people are bringing [up] Rashad, it almost angers me. This guy has nothing to do with Shogun, and I think from here on out I won't even answer a question about Rashad."

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