“I don’t really know what to say to that,” Jones replied. “I don’t want to sound cocky, but I do hold myself in high regard.”
A rule of thumb: Whenever someone says “but,” it usually means “Ignore everything I said before the but.” It’s like saying, “No offense,” after saying something incredibly offensive.
The article goes on to explain that Jones, who claims that he taught himself to fight by reading instructional books and watching YouTube videos, got turned down when he applied for janitorial jobs after he dropped out of college when he got his girlfriend pregnant. It’s interesting to think that he’s as cocky as he is considering a few years ago he was out of work, out of money, out of school and expecting a baby. You’d assume that the bumpy road he took to become a UFC champ would have taught him some humility.