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Jon Jones: I’m Trying To Change A Lot Of Things In The Game


UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been the subject of countless debates since starting his reign by defeating Shogun Rua at UFC 128. The general consensus on Jones is that he can come across a little smug sometimes, although having that much talent may come with certain side effects, such as ego-inflation.

A new debate rages in the world of MMA, surrounding the UFC’s next marquee fighters. With Anderson Silva and GSP out of the mix for the moment, and many former stars retiring; a gap has been left for rising stars to fill. Jones stopped by with Bloodyelbow.com, to discuss his role as 205 champ and more:

“We don’t always see eye to eye with the UFC, so I don’t know if they are always necessarily pushing me and whether that’s a smart idea on their end or not, who knows? I do know that they are pushing Ronda Rousey really hard, and she’s gotten a lot of great opportunities. I don’t know what they’re going to do, but I’m pushing myself all the time so, I’m not really worried.”

Jones certainly fought his way to the top, and has since dominated many former champions during his reign. It comes as a surprise to hear that Jones doesn’t think he is being promoted as much as WMMA legend Ronda Rousey, especially seeing as ‘Bones’ has been the main event in his last seven bouts. He continued:

“I know that I’m a lot different from some of the guys from the past. Guys like Chuck Liddell, and guys like Matt Hughes that would just get up and do anything, anytime, and never voice their opinion. I’m trying to change a lot of things in the game. Making sure the fighters are being respected, making sure our own brands are being respected, things like that. We just don’t always see eye to eye on everything, either way it works out.”

Jones will look to defend his coveted LHW strap when he steps in the cage against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in Baltimore. The April 26 card will be another chance for ‘Bones’ to prove that he is the best 205er out there, and he attributes his success thus far to his coaching team at Jackson’s MMA:

“I’m an extremely dangerous, motivated person. Every time someone fights the champ they have the best training camp of their life. The hire all these new trainers and a nutritionist, and they do all the things they weren’t doing before to have the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m aware of that. So, what I do is that I top them with my coaches, with my training, with my ambition, with my enthusiasm for the sport. I had a lot of guys try, and a lot of guys come up short. I’m just really, really starting to believe in my coaching staff, and the program we have.”

Who knows which Jones will show up against GT at 172, especially after his humbling experience at the hands of Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. The Swedish ‘Mauler’ came very close to snatching Jones’ title in a thriller of a bout, one which raised many questions about how much longer the 26 year old New York native will remain the champ.

  • I actually really respect these comments from Bones.

  • "Making sure the fighters are being respected" – – – that's funny

  • I actually agree with some of them, but why is he hurt over them promoting Ronda so hard? It's a completely new aspect of MMA and she's the cover girl. WomensMMA in general needs that push right now clearly as it still is in the fighting stages of relevancy. The LHW division is already cemented as the best division in MMA even when other divisions stack up a little deeper LHW is still pretty much the glory division. I also don't like the remarks about Chuck just doing whatever and not having a voice as if it's a bad thing. I know Chuck has a million dollar a year job to show up at a few events and fan expo's… if you ask me it sounds like Chuck did it right.

    • Chuck is very good friends with Dana, Randy also a great Chuck Liddell era fighter was virtually kicked to the curb. It's not what Chuck knows, it's who Chuck knows. Same for Dana, he is praised for being the guy that restored MMA, rightly so. But many could have done it, just Dana was friends with Fertittas and they gave him money. Bones is doing a good thing for other fighters instead of just himself as is GSP by standing up and showing they are deserving of some of the say.

      • falcon

        what on earth are you talking about???

        who are the many people who could have "restored mma", and what stopped them?

        "Just that Dana was friends with the Fertitas and they gave him 40,000,000 plus dollars…".

        falcon, you obviously have no business experience whatsoever, (McDonalds doesn't count)… No one gets that sort of money just because they're pals.

        These are two of the most outrageously stupid things I've ever read in my entire life…. and the 8 people plus yourself =9 people who sharped this comment are so young that they haven't learnt how to think critically, or they have aren't very bright, (said as kindly as possible).

        Seriously falcon, I've seen some great comments from you, but spouting this sort of nonsense just isn't cool and needed to be challenged.

  • He voices his displeasure of the UFC pushing Ronda then says he's not really worried?

  • It's called PMA Mamba…. ;D

  • aw…little johnny wants a movie too?

  • Hey Jones, long time loyalty is also a benefit (Liddel and Hughs) If I'm correct I believe both of those guys have retired from fighting and now get steady paychecks from the UFC(excluding Dana from this comment)