UFC 145 thoughts (cont.)
"I wasn't hurt, but there was a point where he did wobble me. I had gotten hit and I was like, 'OK, I felt that.' And I tried to side shuffle and I stumbled, which means I must have been rocked."
"He had those sneaky elbows that kept coming in. I played the wrong game."
"I was just like, 'Man, this guy is just so smooth. Look at him.' And the people were -- I thought I was winning that round, but he still got cheers. I was like, 'Don't cheer; I'm winning this round, you know, what are you doing?' He's just a smooth operator, man."
-- Jones, talking about the moment in mid-fight when Evans turned away from him and started to strut
"I've still got to go home and probably cry a little bit. We've got some cool experiences that we shared together and that we'll probably have in the future. We'll see. We'll probably compete again one of these days, so we'll keep it on the level where we can say, 'What's up?' but at the same time be willing to beat the hell out of each other when we have to."
"It felt completely different fighting him. As you could see tonight, I threw a lot of elbows. That's a thing you would never do to a training partner."
"I feel great that I already have a mission. I'm going to work extremely hard to better myself. Dan Henderson is an awesome opponent. He's a winner, and he has a large fan base. I'm sure the haters are going to come out right away, which I'm OK with."
-- Jones on Henderson, his next opponent
"I'm excited to finally be able to get back to work. I appreciate all the support of the fans."
-- Henderson, via Twitter, on getting a shot at Jones
"He has extreme knockout power, and I'm excited to conquer it. My goal will be to finish Dan Henderson, with all due respect."
-- Jones on Henderson, who has been finished once in the last seven years (by an Anderson Silva choke in 2008)
"Another test for @jonnybones and another test passed with flying colors. He looked great tonight congrats."
-- Chuck Liddell (@ChuckLiddell)
"Those elbows are a game changer! #UFC145"
-- Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon)
"I know I've had a rough run lately but I wouldn't trade any opf my fights for that performance. #ShowUpAndGetPaid"
-- Dan Hardy (@danhardymma)
"Jones fought very well but Rashad had his opportunities to capitalize. Always eager watching from outside the cage tho. Two great fighters!"
-- Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian)