When Jon “Bones” Jones entered the UFC he was one of the most humble fighters to enter the octagon. Not only did he have class, he had all the tools to put mma fans on notice. Jones finished his first six opponents before entering the UFC and going the distance with André Gusmão and Stephan Bonnar. Plus we can’t forget Bonnar getting dropped with that devastating spinning back elbow (which we saw out of Jones repertoire for the first time). Jones went 3-0 in the UFC before suffering a lost to Matt Hamill after getting disqualified for illegal “12-to-6″ elbow strikes. From there Jones ran through contenders Vladimir Matyushenko and Brandon Vera with first round finishes of both. After his second round guillotine choke finish of undefeated at the time Ryan Badar, Jones was offered a title shot at Shogun Rua a month later at UFC 128 after friend at the time Rashad Evans was injured and had to pull out. Jones very humbly dropped to his knees in excitement and was very grateful after Joe Rogan said the UFC wanted him to fill in for Evans. Jones destroyed Shogun in a very one sided fight and excepted the title and his role as the new face of the light heavyweight division.
It didn’t take very long for everybody to see what kind of champ Jones was going to be. First it was Jones trying to make Rashad Evans look like the bad guy for wanting the shot that should of been his already. Jones filled in for him, so why wasn’t Evans next in line? A number of injuries set back that fight for a bit and instead Jones was put in the cage against Rampage Jackson and did something no one has done in the UFC and finished Rampage. Both fighters talked a lot of smack before the fight took place. Jones even took out Machida in spectacular fashion choking him out unconscious in the second round.
Jone’s true colors didn’t really come out until he fought Rashad Evans at UFC 145. There was a lot of trash talking from both sides especially after being former training partners. Jones was trying to show all of us fans that he only treats people with respect that respect him back, and for a second some people bought into it.
We can all agree that Jones is one of the most talented fighters to ever set foot in the octagon, but after UFC 151 Jones has shown his true colors. Jones has been quoted saying he is not here for the fans, that he doesn’t want to be a role model, that he thinks the cancellation of UFC 151 is Dan Henderson’s fault and that he doesn’t owe anybody anything.
“I’ve been dealing with a lot of controversy,” Jones said. “A lot of insults right now. People tell me, ‘You’re the champ, you’ve got to take the fight.’ Being the champ wasn’t given to me. I don’t owe anybody anything.”
Now he has gone as far as blaming Dana White and not excepting the role himself.
“I had to do what’s right for myself by turning down that fight,” Jones recently told the AP. “Dana had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself. The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family.”
White has calmed down a bit after lashing out on Jones, his camp and head trainer Greg Jackson. He would go on to say that Henderson deserved a good share of the blame for the situation for not coming forward earlier with news of his injury.
Jones recently has said he’s a businessman who fights to make money. That is very understandable, but when you have a job like fighter, musician, athlete or anything where your job centers around your fans, then you should show respect for that part of their career. Jones has a lot of fans but they are the negative kind and he has put himself there and seems like he is accepting the role a the new villain of the UFC.
Jones has also focused his attention at the UFC for building a UFC 151 card around his fight with Henderson and not having a strong enough lineup to move the co-main event into the top slot when his fight fell through. Would this really of saved him from the scrutiny of fans, advertisers and the other fighters on the show, or Dana White for that matter? Jones and Dana have seemed to get out their frustrations, but for how long will it last?
“I think in the future, this can make me and Dana even better off,” Jones told the AP. “For him to get out how he felt about me in that situation (on the call), 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.”