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Wednesday, 03/07/2012, 10:20 am

Don’t Call Jon Jones “Cocky”, It Really Hurts His Feelings


“When I was, like, 20 years old, I had this voice-mail message that said, ‘Hi, this is Jon Bones Jones, the light heavyweight champ.’ I was speaking it into existence and carrying myself like I was the champion way before I was even in the UFC. It’s crazy that it all played out. I want to change our sport with something positive, to brighten up people’s lives and get them to look more on the positive side about every little thing… Sometimes I look back, and I want to be rude to people who didn’t believe in me. But that’s not what I do. I try to treat everybody with love. But when I go home now, to the people who treated me like a loser, I’m, like, the hero of our whole town. My road wasn’t easy, by any means. That’s why when people call me cocky, it’s, like, the biggest blow I can get. It’s like, ‘It’s not me! I’m sorry I’m coming across that way.’ I don’t think I’m better than ­anyone. I heard this story once of this football player who, whenever he scored, just handed the ball to the ref. And I thought that was really cool, like, ‘This is what I do. I score touchdowns.’ I wasn’t trying to be cocky or anything, but that’s what I was thinking: ‘This is what I do. I defend my title.’ ”

In a recent interview with mensjournal.com, UFC champion Jon Jones opens up on his motives for greatness and his thoughts on his criticism.

Many call him cocky, but for all the haters this champion has double the fans. What are your thoughts Penn Nation, is Jon Jones cocky and if he is, doesn’t he kind of have the right to be?

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