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Shogun Rua Calls Jon Jones ‘Disrespectful,’ Jones Responds with New Age Mumbo-Jumbo

(Talk of “disrespect” and “walking the walk” begins about the four-minute mark. Vid: MMA Fighting)

So, when confronted with the fact that Jon Jones has apparently been tagging his signature with the phrase “UFC Champion, 2011” during autograph signings and public appearances leading up to UFC 128, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – who is still the champ, remember – seemed none too pleased. Unfortunately, Rua has never been known as a particularly fiery orator (and was speaking through an interpreter, anyway) so when asked for comment by Ariel Helwani on Thursday, he ended up saying some corny ’80s shit that sounded like he was aiming for “don’t let your mouth write checks your ass can’t cash,” but didn’t quite get there.

Unfortunately, things only got more banal from there: Hearing of Shogun’s criticism, Jones essentially played dumb, acting like he couldn’t possibly understand why signing his name as the future UFC champion would piss off the current UFC champion and the man he’s supposed to fight this weekend. Point of fact, Jones said it’s Shogun who’s been disrespectful headed into this fight, not him. Then Jones said some bullshit about “The Law of Attraction” that actually made us slump back in our office chair and sigh, “C’mon son.”

All the silliness that’s fit to print is after the jump …

First, the champion, who actually has a point here that Jones identifying himself as a UFC titlist is, at best, premature …

“I think that his demeanor is ridiculous, actually, because you can’t really go signing as a champion without really being the champion,” Rua said. “I think that’s disrespectful, but each and everyone has their own personalities so everyone has to – how do you say – walk the walk and talk the talk. He has to stand by his actions and pay his bills. I really don’t like his behavior, but now he has to back up the talk.”

See, we just wish Rua (or maybe his interpreter) was a little more artful in wielding his words. Anytime you utilize the phrase “I don’t like his behavior” you end up sounding more like a high school guidance counselor than a lean, mean ass-kicking machine. Course, Shogun is conducting this interview sort of bilingually, so we gotta give him props for that. Jones, on the other hand, does not have the excuse of a language barrier to fall back on.

“I have no clue what he’s talking about,” the phenom responded when told of Shogun’s words. “I don’t think I did anything that was disrespectful, I don’t think I said anything that was disrespectful. I mean, I find some of the things he says about me actually to be disrespectful, between his brother making comments that I have no punching power, how his manager says he’s going to kick my A-S-S – what else? – how I have chicken legs and how he’s going to kick them repeatedly. It’s OK with me. If I’m in his head, that’s even better.”

Seriously Jon, just say “ass.” Spelling out your swears doesn’t play so well with the 18-35 year-old male demographic the UFC is trying so hard to market you to. Aside from that, our best advice would be to keep the hokum and faux, pop culture “spirituality” to yourself, too. Unfortunately, Jones does not heed that advice here, explaining that the reason he signs his name with “Champion, 2011” after it has to do with some crap that he probably read in “The Secret.”

“I believe in the law of attraction,” Jones said. “I believe you can speak things into existence. When you know where you’re going and you know what you want, the universe has a way of stepping aside for you. Me signing my signature with ‘Champion, 2011’ on it? It can’t hurt me. It can only help me to believe it even more.”

Yeah … well … sure, but … that’s just not true. Maybe when you’re a 23-year-old superhuman who is about to fight in a UFC PPV main event for the light heavyweight title it seems like you can “speak things into existence” … but … really … you can’t. The only real “secret” here is that some lady named Rhonda Byrne really, really wanted to make a ton of money by writing a book, so she wrote a book telling people they could get what they really, really want simply by really, really wanting it enough. There’s a logic puzzle in that somewhere, but it makes our brain hurt too much to think about it.

Anyway, UFC 128 is tomorrow night. Now, run speak that into existence, homeboy.

(Editor’s Note: As we’ve been writing this post we’ve been concentrating *really* hard on Brittney Palmer being in our kitchen cooking us a bacon, cheese and green onion omelet as a late breakfast. C’mon universe, would it be so hard to do this *one* thing for us … )

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SquidInk- March 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm
Let's all talk about how crazy Jones is now.
dranokills- March 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm
I love it. it' so KARMA...no not you Karma.
I have been saying since this douchebag freakass crazy johhny (i have a boner for myself) Jones came out and showed his non control weird shit fighting against bonner that he was a cocky piece of trash...NOW finally all you guys see it.
BIGHAL- March 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm
thank you vera and right back to ya bro
rampageisgod- March 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm
I'm going for Bones. War Bones!
cyfus- March 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm
Cockiness = Ass Whooping!
!!Rock-on Shogun!!
macreadysshack- March 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm
c, plstic wpon . . . rlgion s x its natr exclsv. Tht ngates btylms gnrlyzation. Fr me anywy.
macreadysshack- March 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm
Srslyt tho. Bth thse gys r awsme. I dnt knw hw rua wll dl wit bnes phys pwr. I dnt knw hw bnes wll dl wth ruas og mt n whle mfing pckg.

Gnna b sme bass shi.
macreadysshack- March 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm
Black Christian 20-something LHW. What a jerk wad. I hate them all.
macreadysshack- March 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm
@Bootylam Yes. Word.

@plasticweapon Yes and no. Word-ish. Mostly word.
Vera- March 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm
BIGHAL Says:
Fri, 03/18/11 - 11:42



rua will not make it past round 2 if he even gets that far. jon jones will smash through him just as anderson sliva did vitor belfort. its going to be a very long time before ANYBODY beats jon jones.


One person in this whole thread who knows what he is talking about!
plasticweapon- March 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm
Squid's comment was presumptuous and a huge generalization. Therefore it was ridiculous.

Having said that, this is no better: "By nature anyone who truly believes in any religion of any sort is closed minded and therefore has a very different thought process."

You speak of closed-mindedness and then make a sweeping statement like "ANYONE who believes in religion is..."

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
Bootylam- March 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Lay off the squid. By nature anyone who truly believes in any religion of any sort is closed minded and therefore has a very different thought process. Might as well talk to/debate your girlfriend for as much progress as you'd make.
macreadysshack- March 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Yes, SquidInk, it's because he's a Christian. Can you climax now that you think even MORE people are persecuting you?

Man, sane Christians must hate fuckers like you. Makes them all look like retart.

Stop jerking off to how important you feel when everybody with a brain tells you your religion is full of shit. Or don't. Whatever.
danomite- March 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm
I need to stop listening to Jon Jones speak and only watch him when he's actually fighting or I'm gonna start hating him the way I hate Anderson. Every time this guy talks I want to slam a brick into my head.
El Guapo- March 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm
If he's a Warlock, Charlie Sheen is a... uhhhh.. he's a... Ahhh, I got nothing. Bones FTW
SquidInk- March 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Naturally CP thinks Jones is an idiot simply because he's a Christian.
Jubbie- March 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm
If he can speak things into existence that means he's a warlock. That means he's going to hell.
Bootylam- March 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm
Um you guys are saying he's acting/talking like a kid BECAUSE HE IS! Aren't most men VERY stupid until about age... 30? Maybe it was just me and every other male I ever met. Nobody knows shit, only when you're young do you not believe that.
PERPATRAITOR- March 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm
lol sooo ronng gayboys!
El Guapo- March 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm
^ "So roooong, gayboys."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pg3C95dv2U
ghostboner- March 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm
It warms the heart to see the potato nation collectively say "Fuck a Jon Jones".
It also warms the heart to see mylkyhorney spell wrong "rong". I imagine the asian guy from "The Hangover" doing it.
SmokinGoodDFW- March 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm
wait wait wait.. so the lil cartwheel he does when he enters the cage is actually a diego sanchez style - yes! cartwheel??? fuckin tony robbins..
Vera- March 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm
I really, really won the caption competition?.....Law of attraction my ass!
jimbonics- March 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm
In other news, Ed Lover is still alive.
PERPATRAITOR- March 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Well on new year I use the secret to meet nick Diaz. His bro was fighting at the MGM over new years and I just knew I'd meet nick. It was 4am and I was still positive I'd see him and sure enough I saw nick jogging past me to the elevator and the mirage casino. Wth? So I chase him down and road up the elevator with him. Got my picture fist posing and had some great small chat. I secreted my meeting with nick Diaz. If I hadn't of trainined my brain to look for the opportunity it would have never happened. The secret isn't a religion, it's just brain training. I think I can I think I can therefore I can and I will! Don't be so critical of a motivational book. Besides I bet Greg Jackson is using "the secret". Seems to be doing great! War Diaz! War Jones! Rnd 2 GNP!
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