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Source: Jon Jones Capture of Robber Was a Staged PR Move

(A picture says a thousand words…like, “Why is there a SPIKE TV camera man’s reflection in the windshield of that car?”)

When Jon Jones unbelievable story of chasing down and capturing a thief in the hours prior to his UFC 128 championship bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua made the rounds, it seemed like an unbelievable story. Well, at least one source claims that the incident was a staged PR move to designed to get the UFC light heavyweight and the sport of MMA more mainstream press.

Mission accomplished.

Thanks to the Zuffa creative team, who are said to have cooked up the plot to the fake robbery that took place Saturday afternoon outside of in New Jersey park, Jones was invited to appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night to talk about his incredible crime fighting tale.

The photo below above was allegedly taken at the scene seconds after Jones and his trainer Greg Jackson “apprehended” the suspect.

Besides the obvious plant of “The Golden Voice Hobo,” who just happened to be on the scene, there were a few clues that should have tipped us off that this was a SPIKE TV collaboration.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

Look for the footage of in the next episode of Jon Jones: In the Moment.



*Editor’s Note: Due the surprisingly large number of readers who felt that this obviously satirical story was real, we felt the need to add the following disclaimer:

Some conspiracy theorists started the absolutely ridiculous rumors that the UFC staged the robbery incident involving popular UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to increase his star power. In an effort to point out the lunacy of this notion that Jones needed a push when his star power is at an all-time high, we posted the lampoon piece above in which we (perhaps too subtly) pointed out progressively more obviously doctored aspects of the photograph for comedic value. Since so many people took the piece to heart (perhaps due to being Rick-Rolled), we felt it was necessary to ruin the punchline to clarify how satire works. It was either this explanation or a photo of a herd of sheep, but we felt the photo would have been misconstrued to mean something related to bestiality and we didn’t want PETA to ban us from their events.

For those who don’t follow:

1. There was NO SPIKE TV camera man on the scene.

2. There was NO boom microphone in the photo.

3. Burt Watson WAS NOT the robber and his head IS NOT on backwards.

4. There WAS NO second shooter.

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ArmFarmer- March 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Oh well.. At least you can make rape jokes here...
ArmFarmer- March 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm
Like someone else said, when you go to the onion you know you're looking at fake shit because that's all it's for. Even if you don't know, the stuff is usually so out there(and funny) you can figure it out. When you go to a site that writes mma news, and you read an mma story that really isn't that outlandish, and is actually something that wouldn't even be shocking.. And its not funny... You can only assume a lot of people will buy it. Especially with the vast amount of people on the Internet that can't pick up on sarcasm even when it's obvious..
Bringbackbabalu- March 26, 2011 at 8:08 am
Wasn't it obvious that the whole thing was staged? I never really thought it was in question...
whiterice- March 26, 2011 at 6:23 am
Meh. It only works as satire if you heard the original conspiracy theory, and I'm guessing that like myself a lot of people hadn't.

Still, the very fact that someone (maybe Winklejohn) took a photo of them holding the guy down is a bit silly, and shows that they thought this would be good press.
RwilsonR- March 26, 2011 at 12:16 am
I wonder if Jon Jones ever hits his funny bone when he does those spinning back elbows.
macreadysshack- March 25, 2011 at 9:56 pm
Hey, RwilsonR called and wants his funny bone back.
rockhuddy- March 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm
If I hadn't read this after you put the disclaimer up, I would have thought it was real. And I didn't like being insulted for thinking it was real up the that point.

If you want this to be funny, you have to ham it up with some commentary that at least suggests that it's satire. You should edit that in, otherwise this will go into the archives as the shittiest article on the site.
macreadysshack- March 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm
My $.02 . . . I found this unfunny but I don't like being tickled or the three stooges, either, so it may be my own problem.

I couldn't give two shits whether CP gets back to the UFC. God, I didn't EVER want to say anything about this asshat again but, what are the odds that Mike Russell wouldn't fuck it faster than Bones fucked up . . . everyone. It's just this guy's nature. I think he's a person who tears things down instead of building them up.

@Rex, you wonder why shit's got so negative around here? When did that pattern begin emerging? I rest my case.
Viva Hate- March 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Man, a lot of bitching going on around here, did every get their flow today?

Have you seen my red stapler?
ReX13- March 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm
RSparrow >> No way. i have a shitload of TPS reports to finish.
RSparrow- March 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm
CagePotato staff needs a serious team meeting.
RwilsonR- March 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm
^ Hey, unfunny joke about some inanimate object, irrelevant former celebrity, or random time in the past making a call and wanting something back called and said it is played out worse than El Guapo's crickets or Mike Russell's criticism of El Guapo's crickets.
BallsDeep- March 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Plus, if you don't like CP, why are you here? I feel alot of you just come here to hate on CP, especially recently. Stupid jokes like this aren't really gonna piss off the bald father more than he is. I love CP, but it doesn't look like dana is gonna relinquish his grudge anytime soon, so i'm not gonna suck his nuts. Id rather just enjoy mma. WAR CP!
BallsDeep- March 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Most of you are just being boner killers
Yves Latrine- March 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm
A fake story that sounds like it could be true to illustrate... what did it illustrate again? Not satire, sorry. Way to go through all that for a lame Rick Roll prank though. Hey, 2005 called, it wants its pointless, unfunny joke back.
O Chan- March 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm
This is a great compliment to your "Free Cage Potato" campaign. Well done boys.
rcj5019- March 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm
AND its dead....
LOKI- March 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm
So...that would make Bethanny, part black?
rcj5019- March 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm
Yea hahaha. When I read the Title I was like oh much for MMA in NY.
BigBalluh- March 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm
And you wonder why Dana hates you.
ReX13- March 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Dude, look up top at my comments. Most of us fell for it for about 60 seconds.
rcj5019- March 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm
Hahaha na man just venting. But for real the article was lame. Maybe I'm just a little sad that I believed it until I saw the picture.
ReX13- March 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm
rcj >> i left your comment alone. Problem? U mad?
rcj5019- March 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Let's edit everything everything!
RwilsonR- March 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm
I hear ya, Rex. Come on down off that ledge and we can talk about this.