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Jon Jones Repping the UFC Like a Champ; May Defend Belt Three or Four Times in 2012

(“We have four times… Can we hear five?”)

ESPN’s Josh Gross caught up with UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones recently and the 24-year-old fighter proved that he is respecting his role as a champion. According to “Bones” he may come back to compete earlier than he anticipated and says that he may possibly defend his belt three or four times if all goes well this year.

“My goal is to finish every fight in 2012. If I do that, a lot of other things will fall into place naturally. I want to finish every opponent,” Jones told Gross.”I’ve been thinking recently about trying to compete four times in the year again. I grew so much as a person that by doing that again in 2012 will just make me a better athlete. Originally I said I wanted to take off four or five months, but I may reconsider and come back sooner and have three or four fights this year.”

Besides the bragging rights and personal satisfaction, a motivating factor for Jones to fight more is the Benjamins. He made $140,000 for his UFC 128 title win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (no commission he’s fought for since reported what he made) and he picked up “Fight of the Night” bonuses in his two subsequent title defenses. Add to that the mainstream sponsorship deals he struck with Form Athletics and Everlast and endorsements he’s done with Bud Light and K-Swiss and Jones likely doesn’t have to worry about having his power shut off or making his car payments.

Zuffa’s other champs need to take note and pick up their games. Defending their belts less than twice a year is killing us.

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gruge- January 6, 2012 at 8:13 am
@phantom151 - This is what I mean about not "scoring" the fight as such, using the 10 point must. Which is obviously a pointless exorsize in the first place as thats how fights ARE scored. What I was saying was, It went back and forth and Hendo got the best out of the begining for sure, but at the end of the fight it was Shogun who was on top, and Hendo had no answers. It felt more like a draw for me, simply becasue of how it ended. Yes I agree with you, one of the best fights I can think of.
phantom151- January 6, 2012 at 7:38 am
@gruge if you honestly think that hendo shogun was a draw your wrong watch it agian. Probley the best MMA fight to date IMO but no not a tie. how do u score round one? please break down your tieing score card.
Dagnut- January 6, 2012 at 7:25 am
@ can't see anyone beating him can you? He has basically redefined a weight class..if you look at Anderson Silva,Hendo and even Wandy in a way, making 185 for Shogun, Machida, and even Evans should be doable..Shogun looked well pudgy against hendo..Jones hasn't an once of fat on him...suppose if they all clear out to 185 who's left at LHW??...Jones has basically thrown a huge spanner in the works
gruge- January 6, 2012 at 6:41 am
3 Title defences a year is enough IMO. As someone mentioned, if you do anymore than that you will end up running out of people who genuinly deserve a shot.

Thats the problem with this devision, almost everyone worth mentioning in it has been a LHW champ at some point. I dont think Machida deserved a shot, one win over Randy was enough to give him a title shot?, coming off 2 losses?. Come on. That said, he did at times, at least make bones look human. I dont think Hendo deserve a shot, Hendo - Shogan was a draw in my book, and probably anyones who watched without bearing in mind the 10 point must. Evans and Davis are probably the only two who I can think of at this point who deserve a crack at it, and yea, thats the plan, but if for example Evans wins but is injured, who then?.
ronburgundy- January 6, 2012 at 6:04 am
I dont think jones would have much success at heavyweight, his standup with his reach would be okay but he wouldnt be able to overpower opponents like he does at 205, i supposed let him finish off the rest in 2012 of 205 then talk about different weight divisions, interesting shit though
Dagnut- January 6, 2012 at 5:37 am
@ Ronburgundy He fights @ 240..he could make 205 but he's a big guy..big head..big bones..he doesn't carry a lot of weight so 205 would be a big ask for him.

@Maazhii I don't see it I reckon Jones V JDS at 240 JDS would have no problems dealing with Jones..size is a HUGE factor with Jones...and then your discounting Overeeem who would throw him around like a rag doll
maazhii- January 6, 2012 at 5:13 am
JDS would get his ass handed to him by bones, Jonny could have both belts right now if dana would let him fight at heavyweight
ronburgundy- January 6, 2012 at 2:17 am
highly unlikely but he doesnt fight very heavy does he what weight again
Dagnut- January 6, 2012 at 1:43 am
JDS @ 205 is our only hope..which is highly unlikely.
ronburgundy- January 6, 2012 at 12:57 am
evans then hendo then shogun rematch then that swedish mofo
macreadysshack- January 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm
I often agree with Joe Rogan but I think this Jones 'skinny legs' thing is total crap. I've known guys who have genetically super skinny legs that are strong as hell. Jones bone structure is large enough that a 'Corey Hill' moment is EXTREMELY unlikely. Not as unlikely as someone like, say, Paul Harris, but still I don't think it's even worth mentioning. I'm willing to bet Jones legs can take plenty of punishment and they are obviously strong as hell. Looks can be deceiving - especially with legs.
TheWarsawExpress- January 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm
1. Rashad Evans 2. Anderson Silva 3. Phil Davis 4. Dan Henderson. All fight's I'd pay to see. None of those are really as bad as Patrick Cote v. Anderson Silva.
RwilsonR- January 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm
@ Skeletor - I actually agree with you, and that is what I'd like to see. But my point was that it will draw complaints from those with less refined tastes for the sport than you and me. The first time he has his Patrick Cote or Dan Hardy moment, he will draw criticism. So will Dana White. If he fights 4 times a year, there will be a lot of those types of fights. I have no problems with that, as I'd rather see the champ beating those chumps, than someone like Jon Fitch do it (well, not anymore). Just pointing out the fickle fan base that says they want more title defenses, then will immediately look for that dark cloud in the silver lining.
BlueDaBaDee- January 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm
he'll probably be out most of 2012 with an injury...
itsgalf- January 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm
I think he really wants to blitzkrieg his way to the "most title defenses" achievement.
RSparrow- January 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm
Sick. Love him or hate him thats a fuckin champ right there...
Sopapo- January 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm
Jones is a young champ. he might be planning a future move up in weight so he wants to get 4 defences this year, some the next. I don't think thre will be any more challenges for him if he is to WIN all of those.
Mayb its just wishful thinking
GistoftheFist- January 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm
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skeletor- January 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm
@RwilsonR-I disagree about the credible challengers part. I think it's harder to determine challengers when the champs are holding up the division. Usually the weight class bottlenecks and all the credible challengers are forced to beat each other negating there relevancy (155). If the champ fights three or four times a year it's easier to throw guys in there after a big win or 2 fight win streak against other top guys in the division. Styles make fights and a challenger in MMA doesn't have to be on a 10 fight win streak to be able to beat the champ.
the silver hawaiian- January 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm
Are you saying Jones might pull a Corey Hill?

What is it about black people? They got weak stems?

/needa be in front of a fan, beef that shit up

//big stems hold big nerg
RwilsonR- January 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm
Hard to blame someone for injuries, and I won't blame Jones when one day one of his skinny little legs snaps in practice and he can't defend. Still, it would be nice to see a champ defend 3 times a year. 4 would be fantastic, but may not be doable for developing real challengers. Everyone complains about the number of title defenses, but they would start complaining about the legitimacy of opponents before the end of 2012 if he defended 4 times a year. Still, if he did that and finished all of them, some people might not even mind his attitude.