Jon Jones: I Am Arrogant, I Think It’s Important

Jon Jones: I Am Arrogant, I Think It’s Important


For a long time, UFC light- heavyweight champion Jon Jones took offence at being called arrogant.

“Bones”, the youngest champion in UFC history, will attempt to defend his world title this weekend for a record-breaking seven times. He’s a relaxed character, who’s confident in his abilities. That may be the reason why Jones has been branded cocky or arrogant in the past.

At first, the label used to bother the 26-year-old, but after a three-and-a-half year reign as the light-heavyweight champion, he told FOX Sports that he’s grown to accept it:

“I think I am. I think I am a little arrogant. I think it’s really important. The thing about me I say all the time is, I notice that I’m full of myself and I am arrogant to some degree, but it’s obviously only when it comes to talking about MMA, where literally, I do the wildest stuff. I don’t think I live like a celebrity at all. All my friends are normal people, normal dudes who do the most normal stuff all the time. But when it comes to MMA, there is a big chip on my shoulder.

There is a way that I look at myself, and I think it’s really, really important. It’s something I’m not really apologetic for. As I get older and as I win more, I start to embrace it even more. The biggest thing is not to be apologetic for it. I realize it’s a big part of the reason I’m able to perform out there. The moment I let fear seep is the moment the fights start getting closer and closer. So yeah, I think it’s important to be an absolute believer and have that confidence.”

However, some of that arrogance may have been lost by Jones at UFC 165 where he narrowly managed to take a decision over Alexander Gustafsson. “Bones” and Gustafsson fought for five hard rounds, which ultimately had to go to the judges to decide a winner.

Jones won the contest but when an immediate rematch between the two was being arranged, the champ opted to arrange a bout Glover Teixeira instead. Teixeira vs. Jones takes place this weekend in the main event of UFC 172.

I guess we will have to wait until Saturday night to see if Jones’ arrogance stays with him.

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  • WES22

    Jon you mean being an asshole is important.

  • watermelon fresh

    WOW – He says some very dumb things. The headline does not match what he actually said and even though he made a poor choice of words I think he meant it as …I am very confident blah blah blah…

    Jones is something else.

  • Ivy

    Jon Jones – the "people's anti-champ".

  • PukeVomit

    he admits, that he is some kind of arrogant and people hating. would he had sayd, that he isn't arrogant people would bash him as well.

    it doesn't matter what jones is saying or doing – haters gonna hate…

    • TheXperience

      Actually… it does matter what he says. If he didn't consistently say stupid shit, less people would have a reason to hate.

      Now me? i don't give a fuck. He can be the dumbest motherfucker on the planet and say the most stupid uneducated shit. As long as he keeps me entertained and delivers amazing fights, I'll be a fan. However that doesn't mean i won't criticize his actions when he fucks up, but that's not hate. Where i'm from that's called, keeping it real!

      • PukeVomit

        aight bro!

      • Spyridon

        C'mon tho, be real man. Can you honestly say you haven't seen people all over saying things like "I don't like him because he's so fake, I wouldn't mind if he was at least honest".

        Now he actually did what they asked, and they find something new to complain about.

        People are funny lol :)

        • TheXperience

          Well, that's my whole point… He was saying stupid shit and being fake! People didn't buy it. He would get a lot more respect if he was straight up from the get-go. Now, he's flip-flopping and jut seems "confused". He played the "game" for so long he doesn't even know anymore who the fuck he is.

          Bottom line, if you're a DICK, own it, be a DICK but don't wave that shit in peoples face and claim it's a Pussy, that's FOUL!

          • Spyridon

            Oh the irony. You say he was flip-flopping and he would have gotten more respect if he was straight up from the get go…. yet your defending those people who said they wouldnt mind if he was honest, those who are now flip-flopping and hating on him when he does what they wanted.

            So what is it, exactly, that you are waving? It's hard to tell, seems like both.

            Damn I love you guys =)

  • Zip

    Confidence: That Gus fight was too close. I'm better than that, and I want to prove it. I want an immediate rematch.

    Arrogance: I won that fight easy, and I'll just keep saying it over and over again. And since I won so easily, Gus should have to work his way back up the ranks before he steps into the ring again with such greatness. Besides, I need a challenge, bring me anyone but Gus.

  • apocalypse123

    I never hated on Anderson and I never hated on GSP because they were humble champions that took on all comers. Instead of ignoring fear completely, they embraced it and accepted the anxiety as part of the fight game rather than futilely masking it with arrogance.

  • azzkika

    Jones is an outstanding fighter. The Gus fight caused many idiots to criticise him but in fact it showed that against a fighter causing him many problems he stepped it up and put on a performance of a true champion. he was asked the question and answered it in spades. he won comfortably to any astute observer despite being pushed all the way.

    people were suggesting he was ducking Glover now he's fighting him he's ducking Gus for a rematch.

    I cannot be sarcastic enough on how stupid such notions are. First off he has the balls to get in there and fight. Secondly he is champ in the UFC meaning he will consistently fight the best fighters on the best tear in the division. Ducking? You don't become champ and stay champ in the UFC and even my pet hamster knows this.

    • Spyridon

      Eh, most MMA fans are bandwagoners. Plain and simple. If you get so invested in the public portrayal of men who are fighters, there are other problems at work.

  • jamo

    I think the fighting tells it all. He's beating the best cause he is the best. When someone beats him, then all these negative comments might mean something. He's asked a lot of questions and he answers them honestly. It really doesnt come out as arrogant to me cause he does everything he says.

  • watermelon fresh

    Agree…. With jamo

    • Entity

      Im impressed.