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Rashad Evans takes a shot at Jon Jones

CHICAGO -- Rashad Evans is famous for the harsh blows he delivers in the octagon at UFC events.

On Wednesday, Evans had no issues delivering a harsh message: He believes he would have little trouble handling UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, his former training partner.

"When we went together and I was in shape, I would smash Jon," said Evans, who was in town to promote a January UFC event at the United Center. "The last time I trained with Jon, I was 14 weeks out from a fight and he was two weeks out from his fight; we were going neck and neck with each other. He should have been doing me in if he was supposed to be the 'Messiah' of MMA like he believes.

"I believe when Jon and I fight it'll be a lot different. At the same time, I know he has never even seen or felt me near a hundred percent."

Evans' words may have more to do with his faith in his own ability than a low opinion of Jones.

"I think Jon is a great fighter, performs, and is interesting to watch," Evans said. "I don't feel disrespected by all the hype around him."

Before Evans, who currently resides in Chicago, can test his skills against the aforementioned Jones, he must first deal with Phil Davis in the main event of the UFC on Fox on Jan. 28.

Evans made a bold prediction regarding his looming No. 1 contender matchup with Davis.

"I do know Phil needs to get knocked out," he said. "I plan on doing that on January 28th."

Ray Flores is a news anchor on Chicago's ESPN 1000.