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Rashad Evans, Jon Jones start talking again

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans speaks

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans speaks during the UFC 133 pre-fight press conference in Philadelphia. (Aug. 4, 2011) Credit: AP

Jon Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, wasted little time.

Moments after Rashad Evans soundly defeated Tito Ortiz by technical knockout in the second round of UFC 133 in Philadelphia on Saturday, Jones turned the most powerful weapon in the world today -- Twitter.

"Same stuff," Jones tweeted in response to a Twitter question asking what he thought about Evans' fight.

Well, in today's world, tweets count as quotes and quotes of that nature beg for a response from the other party.

When asked at the post-fight press conference for his thoughts on that comment, Evans said, "If it's the same old stuff, that's probably why he didn't want to fight me the first time."

The two have yapped at each other since March when Jones won the title from Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and said he would fight Evans, then his training partner and teammate at Greg Jackson's camp in New Mexico.

The banter continued when Jones was scheduled to make his first title defense against Evans at UFC 133 but pulled out when he was advised by doctors to have hand surgery. Another doctor said he didn't need the surgery and Jones will now fight Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on Sept. 24 in Denver at UFC 135.

Evans will face the winner of that fight at a to-be-determined date, most likely in early 2012 if both fighters stay healthy.

"I would prefer to get [the belt] from Jones because I would love to be the first one to beat him," Evans said.  "I would love to teach him a lesson. I'm just cocky for the cameras, he's real cocky, like 'go to sleep, praising himself' cocky."

New York Sports