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The Unsupportable Opinion: Jon Jones Deserves None of Your Hate

(Often misunderstood and unappreciated.)

By Elias Cepeda

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been derided as immature, arrogant and selfish for much of his career, especially since turning down a short-notice replacement fight against Chael Sonnen at UFC 151 after Dan Henderson dropped out due to injury. But in a recent interview with the Associated Press, Jones sounded calm, collected and measured, especially in comparison to organization president Dana White‘s comments on the situation, as he spoke about what he’s learned. He also publicly criticized White for the first time, which probably won’t help his reputation among the fans who already despise him.

“I had to do what’s right for myself by turning down that fight, Dana had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself,” Jones told Dan Gelston of the AP. “The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family.”

Jones told the AP that he has not yet spoken with his boss about the comments, but appears to have had his eyes opened to how quickly UFC brass and fans can turn on him. ”I think in the future, this can make me and Dana even better off,” Jones said. ”For him to get out how he felt about me in that situation, it will help me look at things more business-oriented. A lot of good can come out of it. Fighters can learn the lesson of doing what’s best for themselves and not feeling like puppets. I think the UFC has learned a lesson of making sure they stay loyal to the fans and give them full cards.”

That one of its biggest stars seems jaded with the UFC and comfortable criticizing them at the height of his young career, and that he had the power to turn down a fight, might signal the start of a new stage in the organization’s development. As the UFC has grown more successful and famous, so have fighters like Jones.

No one can say that Jones has not delivered in the ring for the UFC and its fans. He’s exciting, dominating and downright captivating to watch compete. He has also fought more frequently — and sometimes on little notice in order to help the UFC save events — than any other top challenger or champion in the past two years. Yet White has led a smear campaign that accuses Jones of everything from being a coward to an egomaniac.

Jones believes, correctly, that he’s done his job very well and earned what he has from the UFC and MMA. He also has the gall to manage his own career and not necessarily take bigger risks with his money and livelihood than is necessary just because the UFC asks him to.

Jones is at the top of his game and exercised what should have been considered a benign amount of the little power he has under his UFC contract. He was set to fight a challenger and with a week until the fight, the challenger pulled out. Jones agreed to fight someone different less than a month later at UFC 152.

Astoundingly, this sequence of events has made him a mini-pariah, on trial in the court of public opinion for murdering a UFC event. Jones told the AP, “I don’t owe anybody anything.” There’s no doubt many will continue to be aggravated by statements like that from Jones but they would have a hard time debating the quote that preceded it:

“People tell me, ‘You’re the champ, you’ve got to take the fight,’” he said. “Being the champ wasn’t given to me.”


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jones nigga slave go back to africa- October 15, 2012 at 1:38 am
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chumpmasher- March 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm
You sound like some one hurt you deep. I hope one day you get to tell Jones to his face all the ways he hurt you by not writing you back. I tell from you writings you've also go cock and ball on your mind alot. fags and racists usually don't mix. So I just figured you for an angry closet sword swallower.
jones nigga slave go back to africa- October 15, 2012 at 1:35 am
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jones nigga slave go back to africa- October 15, 2012 at 1:33 am
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intercept440- September 7, 2012 at 11:46 am
Hey fisticuffs what he should have done was fight who was put in front of him...destroyed him and walked on..(we all know he would have). and if dana had a fucking brain in his head he wouldn't have dropped the whole card, he would have just aired it live for free. weak ass card or not everyone here would have fucking watched it...
jones is still a douche regardless.
ArmFarmer- September 7, 2012 at 7:57 am
I don't discredit Silva or Jones, I think they are interchangeable as the top pfp fighter, and I don't think either of them are a pussy. I just don't like either of them because of the way they conduct themselves. Middleweight IS the weakest division though, and it'd be nice to see Silva challenge a top 5 lhw.
Fisticuffs- September 7, 2012 at 9:18 am
Completely respectable opinion...I wish more people that disliked Jones would go about it this way instead of yelling that he's a pussy.
Alan K- September 7, 2012 at 7:21 am
I got here late. Did the guy who trashes Elias in every article he writes say something or has he finally gotten bored of doing it?
Fisticuffs- September 7, 2012 at 7:09 am
I agree Nippletwist, do any of the completely ignorant, misinformed Jones haters realize Jones was sticking up for fans just then? He tells Dana to quit making weak cards, and he's still getting called a pussy by complete idiots. I'm convinced, I mean I know there are some smart fans of this sport. But I'm convinced the people that call Bones a pussy are nothing more than the ignorant, redneck-like, stone cold steve austin-shirt wearing douche bags that get caught up in hating the best fighters, kinda like sheeple. Let me guess, most of you same fans also discredit Silva for fighting cans, right?

I may not be a big fan of Jones, but thank God somebody found the balls to call out Dana on his immature and brash ways.
Nippletwist- September 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm
haaah, yeah there is a pretty clear intelligence gap. it's really noticeable even just skimming the comments, you get opionions with reasoning that make sense and then on the other side just sort of vague meaningless insults, just "fag" or "pussy", etc... nothing specific or detailed. ive been antagonizing these people for a few days now, it's pretty entertaining.
Free Donny G- September 7, 2012 at 7:01 am
In the 151 catastrophe three parties made choices that contributed to the cancellation of the event. The UFC not building a strong card, Dan Henderson waiting until the last minute to pull out, and Jon Jones deciding he wanted time to prepare for a new opponent. Of these three which is the worst, who holds the most responsibility? To me the answer is obviously that Jones actions were the least of the three. He didn't cause the problem, and he didn't feel obligated to have to put himself into a bad position as a result of the poor choices of others. However the UFC building the weak card in the first place, that should never happen, there's no reasonable explanation or excuse for that. And the same goes for Henderson waiting until the very last minute to pull out, there is no reasonable excuse or explanation. However it seems that some are levying all the criticism towards Jones while ignoring the discretions of both the UFC and Dan Henderson that caused the problem to begin with. Hats off to Dana i suppose, he did a good job fooling you all into thinking bones was the bad guy on this one.
JPfighter-DAMMA- September 7, 2012 at 6:13 am
Nothing that anyone can say will ever change my opinion that Jon Jones is a supreme douchebag of epic proportions.
Fisticuffs- September 7, 2012 at 7:12 am
So you're basically just an ignorant fan who doesn't care to look at facts?
dranokills- September 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm
no he's an observant person who knows a douchebag when he sees one. the facts are in.....Jon jones is indeed a douchebag. news at 11.
Nippletwist- September 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm
lol it's funny because you're that guy
smellypiratehooker- September 7, 2012 at 4:31 am
" What we've got here is, a failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it...well, he gets it. I don't like it anymnore than you do men."
Mongrel- September 7, 2012 at 3:53 am
The UFC has ruined its reputation with how they handled this situation.

You don't just give out 'title shots' to anyone who will take them at short notice, you scrap events and then you wait until a worthy opponent is ready for one.

It's obvious that this is a case of 'business as usual' but I'm really disappointed with how they villainised Jones because Henderson got injured and only disclosed this a week before the fight.

This isn't Jones' fault. The kid would easily have obliterated Sonnen and most likely Henderson. Should he have accepted the fight just for shits and giggles? Perhaps. But it still doesn't change the fact that the card as a whole was weak as piss, and that the UFC came out of it looking like a bunch of butt-hurt amateurs.
Chromium- September 7, 2012 at 6:10 am
Option #1: Scrap the event and take a $15-20 million hit and tons of bad P.R. to preserve the integrity of the challenger system even in the face of a last minute injury.

Option #2: Get a less-than-worthy challenger to take a fight on short notice to save the event since no event has ever been cancelled in the history of the UFC, and if the new guy somehow manages to beat Jones without a training camp then he deserves to be champion anyway (setting up a huge money rematch).

I wonder why they didn't go with Option 1.

Also, at the OP, Jon Jones is no fucking pioneer. Tito Ortiz pioneered bigger fighter contracts, stood up for Jones when he turned down the Sonnen fight, and now Jones specifically says he hates being compared to Tito Ortiz since he never "complains about money" (except when he said just 6 weeks ago that Lyoto Machida is his least favorite choice to rematch since he was the toughest fight and made him the least money on PPV buys).

If Jones had been consistent, I could sort of understand him but he contradicts himself left and right. He needs a filter and he needs to fucking run the things by his manager. Chael is too dangerous to take on short notice because he's "one of the best in the world" but unworthy of a title shot and a punk who talked his way into it? What? Choose one or the other.

Jones felt bad about UFC 151 being cancelled and was gonna help the undercard fighters but decided not to when a few of them attacked him in the media? Oh I guess he just wanted to let people know he was thinking about it. I'm sure the undercard fighters that never said a thing about Jones really appreciate the thought.

If Jones had held out in contract negotiations he'd be a pioneer. All this does is ensure that the UFC makes more restrictive Championship clauses for future contracts.
Free Donny G- September 7, 2012 at 6:47 am
You are leaving a couple things out though. If the UFC had set up a stronger card OR if Dan Henderson had reported his injury on time then Jones would not have been put between a rock and a hard place like that. Other people made mistakes that put Jon Jones into a bad position, and they bear responsibility for that.

Out of the three parties discretions I would say Jones was the least. Not only because Jones actions were more understandable, but also because Jones actions are not the ones that caused the problem. For the UFC to build a weak card in the first place is a crappy thing that one would hope never happens for any reason. For any fighter to wait until the last minute to pull out with an injury, especially in a main event title fight, is completely unprofessional and selfish and should never happen. However for the reigning champion to turn down a fight thrown at him in the last minute because he has not been given fair time to prepare is completely understandable, especially if it is not his fault the challenger changed last minute. So to hold Jones as the responsible party and ignore the discretions of both the UFC and Dan Henderson just isn't really being fair or consistent.
RearNakedSpoon- September 7, 2012 at 1:34 am
I smell a samefag.
rampageisgod- September 7, 2012 at 12:06 am
I'll never understand how people don't understand that this is a business. All this honor/warrior bullshit doesn't fly. If you lose, you're gone. Fighters have to look out for themselves.
chocobo- September 7, 2012 at 12:02 am
why does jon jones deserve to be hated? who even hates jon jones anyway?
KrmtDfrog- September 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm
nothing wrong with this opinion at all. it's one i completely agree with.
Nippletwist- September 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm
just look at the intelligence level of these idiots insulting jones. calling jon jones a pussy? it's just the internet idiots of the mma world doing what they do. next week theyll be on to the next big story bitching about something else.
dranokills- September 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm
and next week you will be right there......sucking johnny boys cock. yep somethings just never change do they?
Nippletwist- September 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm
lol perfect, good one dude
Pen Fifteen- September 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm
"Hey guys, something something generic, something that has nothing to do with the story at hand, something else generic, something self-congratulatory, something super generic." - Nippletwist, in every story he's ever commented on. Seriously, this dipshit must have a madlibs chart he uses to write these posts.
Fisticuffs- September 7, 2012 at 7:13 am
You're an idiot
Pen Fifteen- September 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm
The point at which the trolls officially took over CP.
maazhii- September 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm
Jon Jones has DOMINATED everyone and now add DW to that list!!!! Jones calls out Anderson he would gain major popularity! !!!
dranokills- September 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm
nawwwww hes bigger. you wanna be bad call out someone bigger. If he had balls he would call out Junior. Silva is the one who should call out Jones, but hes a pussy as well he wants to fight smaller people, thats a coward where I come from.
RearNakedSpoon- September 7, 2012 at 2:04 am
Well said Drano.
dranokills- September 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm
Let's just get some facts straight. Jones is STILL a pussy, self loving spoiled fucking brat.
I do not believe in his invincible horseshit bandwagon. I do NOT believe he is as good as Anderson Silva OR GSP, or any champ for that matter. He can say he was doing whats best for him and his family all he wants and saying hes a smart business man, but the fact is you don't go from being a fighter to being a business man. You fight, or you are fired is HOW it should be. Now will Dana fire his cash cow? No of course not, cause HE is a business man NOT a fighter, but what should happen is Jones gets stripped of his title, then fight when you can player, but you aren't holding up business. Another fact is this Jones can say he shouldn't have to take a fight on short notice but the reality is that if you are young, in shape an claim to be a FIGHTER you do take it. No one has an advantage or a disadvantage over another fighter. you both come into the fighter with the exact same disadvantages. If you really are as bad as you THINK you are then you are (A) ready to fight, and (B) not scared to fight anyone, and (C) if you want to do something wise for your family and your future bizzzness you FIGHT motherfucker, cause that is what you are and that is what you do. And every fighter who didn't get to fight cause of you should be paid out of your OVERpriced paycheck for being a drunk ass loud mouth , self promoting candyass. Fines should be levied against you just like it is for NOT making weight which is another aspect of your fucking job. And if you don't like it then there is the door kid don't let it hit you on the ass on the way out like it did BJ Penn, and like it did Randy Couture, and like it did Brandon Vera....................go waste your time and effort fighting the system instead of fighting another MMA fighter and doing the right thing by everyone. Afraid to lose? that makes you a blind moron, cause even when fighters lose ...they win. winning isn't everything. Need an example? Dan Hardy lost to GSP, and made more money and attention and sponsors and better fight offers than his skill set REALLY deserved. He got more fans, and everything that was great for his family and his "business" was because he wasn't a pussy quitter who thought he had the right to make business decisions for the UFC. You are not a champ are chump, grow up punk bitch.
holeeball- September 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm
Holy fucking Wall OF Text.
Nippletwist- September 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm
hahahah look at this fucking guy
dranokills- September 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm
durrrrr nice rebuttal nipplehead, boy you sure corrected me on all my points. good job. I can see why you are obviously a bones fan.
Nippletwist- September 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm
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shatterproof- September 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm
Is it just a coincidence that every time someone agrees with Nippletwister in a CP article that they also don't understand the nuances of using capital letters to begin a sentence -- just like him? Busted.
dranokills- September 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm
uhh no not really cause sometimes when I have posted alot my grammer isn't correct and my spelling isn't right and I don't start shit with a capital letter...and do you know why?
cause every motherfucker on here with the exception of a few true morons understand every mistake laden word, and only spell check nazi's and people who have nothing of MMA value post about small shit like " waaaaa you didn't use a capital letter thus you must be the same guy, OR I don't get your point. try again, maybe next time you will post something relevant.
Anhonestmoose- September 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm
Here's what JJ doesn't seem to understand: if he pisses of the UFC enough and they decide to cut him, Bellator receives maybe a 5% increase in viewership while the UFC loses 0% of its market share.
RwilsonR- September 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm
Oddly enough Dead dinosaur, I sort of agree with you. Here's an unpopular position to take, but one I think is entirely true - I agree that Jon Jones is one the best things to ever happen to MMA, and so is Dana White. Both have taken the sport to new levels, and love 'em or hate 'em, we all care about both of them enough to talk about them.