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Yeah, So Jon Jones Is Fat Now


(Photo via Jon Jones’ Twitter page)

Jon Jones recently tweeted a “before” photo of himself as he begins training for his September 21st UFC 165 title defense against Alexander Gustafsson. It wasn’t pretty.

Listen, we know that Jones is coming off of a brutal ass-kicking and nasty injury at the hands of Chael Sonnen, but while Jon needs his toe to balance himself and pivot, he doesn’t need it to do a crunch or to put down the tray of hoagies he’s evidently eating for every meal. Any serious athlete knows that when you’re laid up with an injury, you have to be even more careful with your diet so as not to get all soft, nasty and well, Jones-like.

Seriously though, we’d hate to see one of the most gifted and best young fighters in history be brought down by his own unwillingness to do what is needed in the off season: Staying disciplined, improving himself and thus being better prepared for his next battle. Champions like Georges St. Pierre, Randy Couture and Bernard Hopkins stay in shape year-round, and improve their skills in the off-season so that during training camps they can concentrate on tactics, strategy and sharpening their swords.

Their results and longevity speak for themselves. Champions like Ricky Hatton and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, on the other hand, are world-class talents who get fat in between fights and use their training camps as extreme weight-loss science experiments.

Given the lofty terms with which Jones has always used to speak of his own ambition and professional dreams, we assumed he was willing to do the basic level maintenance work of not looking like your uncle Freddy — or his brother Arthur — in between fights. Increasingly, however, it has become clear that Jones might not be too concerned with staying in shape between fights.

Not to beat a dead horse, but we know the guy likes to party between fights, and now we also know he is probably chasing those drinks with a good deal of frosting. What are the chances that Alexander Gustafsson is fat and out of shape right now, eight weeks before his world title fight with Jones? Jon has a bulls-eye on his back, and it is getting wider by the minute.

- Elias Cepeda

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cman- July 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm
Stand by: 2 brothers, same frame, 300#s. he's huge next to other LHW, even in his skinny days. We all hit that dense phase in life, or metabolism quits doing the work for us. Silva was a larger LHW, and they all talk about size issue in super fight. He should just put on the weight right while its easy and go for the 2 division thing. We already know he doesn't care about teammates or friendships, he could challenge Cain in 6 months.
ryanmah- July 17, 2013 at 11:40 am
Pretty judgy there Elias. These guys, more than anyone, deserve to enjoy their off time. They push themselves harder than anyone ever should to entertain and inspire, just to be judged by the media for enjoying some fish fillets.
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CheckHisPee- July 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm
Agreed, think JJ knows it can't be all work and no play, you have to 'enjoy the ride' too or you might just get burnt out.
mookiestick- July 17, 2013 at 11:02 am
That's a good look for him. All he needs now is a mullet and a beard and he and Roy Nelson will be indistinguishable. We could see another one of those so called "fun fights" we've all been yearning for...
humperdinkal- July 17, 2013 at 9:56 am
or because Jones has an ego that put those with narcissistic disorder to shame. He's trying to play mind games with his opponent. Out of shape, fat, how could you not be hopeful you have a chance? Yet, ironically enough Jones discusses how much he respects Anderson Silva, but how he was disrespectful to his opponent. Hmmm...
Revengeance- July 17, 2013 at 9:51 am
Yeah, we all know that he can lose the weight and show up in shape, but you are all missing the point of the article. If he was already in shape, he wouldn't have to treat his training camp like a kid going to fat camp to get back in shape. He would already be in shape and his training camp could be used to make him a better fighter. Elias makes a very valid point here. Look at Rampage, world class talent and great fighter, but at some point he quit expanding his skills and just used his training t be in shape to fight, and we all know where that led hem.

Jon is still young, and will get in shape pretty easy, but this is a dangerous pattern to start. If he isn't using the time between fights to expand his skills and get in better shape, he's just going to get older, and slower. Soon his skill will no longer be so much greater than everyone else, and some fighter who is hungry and disciplined will lay a beating on him.
CheckHisPee- July 17, 2013 at 11:22 pm
Hear what yer sayin but, I don't think a 'Rampage' comparison is fair, he may let himself go a little in between fights but he still trains way harder than Quinton.
rytek- July 17, 2013 at 9:09 am
A few too many Jon Jones Specials from Mean Street Pizza...
hespecful- July 17, 2013 at 6:18 am
Jon Jones is still very young and can probably drop whatever weight he actually has there in no time. To act like he doesn't care about his career to any extent over a picture where he's obviously poking his gut out is just over the top silly. Remember that regardless of what he does between training camps this guy is still heads and tails over his division.
CheckHisPee- July 17, 2013 at 1:03 am
Erroneous, erroneous, erroneous! Now, I'm not swingin from his nuts or hatin, but we all know he walks around at about 230. Did we think he was cuttin 25+ lbs of muscle? Be serious, by fight time he'll be cut and ready to insert that decimated toe so far up Gustafsson's ass he'll be tastin toejam for weeks!
Winterblack- July 17, 2013 at 12:34 am
He's pushing out his gut. He'll show up in shape and win. Hope Gustaffson proves me wrong. Still want him to fight Hendo... Coaching on TUF doesn't guarantee that you fight the other coach. Bad for business.
cman- July 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm
It's been said a million times. The second he loses that kid lean and senses up like men do, 205 at his dimensions is a long lost dream. He should be a HW, and won't have the choice soon.
danomite- July 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm
baddest man on the planet right there, ladies and gentlemen.
mma4everbitchs- July 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm
Hands on your hips and getting caught clean..retard don't type unless typed to ....
godspeed- July 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm
At least he's not wearing a black hoodie!!!!!!!
LoneWolf- July 16, 2013 at 4:52 pm
Fuck Jones....He's got an amazing talent but a golden shit brick for a brain. I hope he loses. I'm a hater...but at least I'm honest about it.
teep- July 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm
I bet he would still kick Chael's ass even in this shape! Give him a break - we all have our weaknesses.
jrearick26- July 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm
I bet he would kick glass jaw Silva in the same shape.
AndyInflammatory- July 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm
you know that Bones read this expertly-crafted thinkpiece and immediately checked himself into CookieDough rehab
holeeball- July 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm
This was just a quick photo op before he disappeared behind that door. Coincidentally that's where the dumper is.
This is probably Greg idea of body transformation fan making operation.
macreadysshack- July 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm
First of all, you made it sound like Chael kicked his ass which isn't quite the way I remember it. Also, he's just a little soft and he's pushing out his belly. He is far far from the fat-ass that you guys are sensationally condemning. That little bit of weight is zero-problem for a guy with his resources. Even I would lose that in three weeks of hard training. Hell, it's mostly water.
Thumblaster- July 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm
Jones' body looks like a photo negative of mine. I wrote that and realised anyone under 30 probably has no idea what that is.
Alan K- July 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm
You're really coming down on him hard just for one picture where he might just be exhaling really hard for all we know. Must be a slow news day.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm
He had to provide his body with the material it needs to rebuild his toe.
The12ozCurls- July 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm
Did he eat Greg Jackson?
That would get him some fans.
blackboxmma- July 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm
Just paying tribute to Chuck Liddel
algiersheadkick504- July 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm
He does look like a black grinch that stole christmas
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