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Tuesday, 09/11/2012, 09:07 pm

Jon Jones: "I'm not a bad person. I pride myself on inspiring others." | UFC News

By: Chris Taylor

Since turning down a short-notice title defense bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 151, Jon Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who now meets Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at UFC 152, has received a boatload of criticism.

The 25-year-old UFC light heavyweight champion is well aware of his critics, but refuses to be labelled as one the sports “bad guys”.

“I’m not going to say I’ve embraced the role of being a villain because I’m not a villain. I’m not a bad person. I pride myself on inspiring others.”

Recent quotes and tweets made by Jones have not helped his cause, in fact they have added to the media frenzy. But Jones insists he is simply being himself and not trying to provoke matters.

“I’m not used to people hanging on every word that I say, and everything I tweet is like a new article, or everything I say is a new article. But I’ve got to be comfortable with myself, man. I never had an official PR training, nor do I want one. I want to express who I am as a person, and this is who I am.”

Jones admitted being the bad guy isn’t exactly bad in the long run for business purposes, but was still addiment that his recently portrayed image was far from a reality.

“As a person, I’m the nicest dude ever to everyone who’s ever met me, you go to the fan expos, and everyone who leaves Jon Jones’ line is happy. When I meet people every day on the streets, I’m the nicest person. Every day when I walk into Jackson’s gym, I hand out boxes of equipment; I order stuff all the time for my teammates and give it out.”

For those fans who like to call him cocky or arrogant, Jones explained that being positive is just a part of the the fight game.

“For all the people that think I’m cocky, if you really listen to what I say…if you talk to me about fighting, you may just hear something that’s a little arrogant. Because right now, I train so hard to not even get hit, let alone talk about losing a fight. So, I love this sport so much, I owe it to myself to think of myself in the highest regard. So I’m not going to apologize if I’m a little full of myself when it comes to MMA. Because you’ve got to be full of yourself. That’s the way you master yourself. You master your abilities. To be the biggest critic of yourself, and to be able to praise yourself and speak highly of yourself. I’m not apologetic about that, that slight arrogance that I may hold when it comes to being a martial artist.”

UFC 152 goes down September 22 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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24 Comments to Jon Jones: "I'm not a bad person. I pride myself on inspiring others." | UFC News

  1. Yeahrightmans says:

    He’s slowly growing on me. Good interview Jones. However he trashes getting a PR guy, but he definitely should get one. Someone to do his tweets and status’s, someone to help write his pre fight speeches. Because he needs some cool one liners. Look at all the greatest personalities of the sport. BJ Penn, Rampage, Sonnen, Lesnar, Diaz. They all have great one liners and catch phrases. Some needed writers to help (Sonnen) and some didn’t (BJ) but they became popular because not only were they exciting fighters which Jones is, but exciting talkers which Jones isn’t. My fav ever was Bj Penn before the Fitch fight. “John, you’re going to make a mistake, and when you do I am going to be right up in your face and I’m going to finish you.” It’s the sort of thing you hear a guy say before a street fight. Intimidating and inflammatory, but not disrespectful.

  2. You sir,are a moron says:

    This guy should just go play in traffic ….

  3. Reg says:

    Live him or hate him, JBJ is a champion and a great fighter to watch perform. He’s right I met him at the expo and he was a super nice dude. That said he really needs to get a pr guy to help him with the media side of things.

  4. Reg says:

    Love him or hate him^

  5. Bjj BB says:

    Haters below can eat a dick! Watch the haters in 3, 2, 1…………….

  6. Chael Sonnen says:

    He didn’t want to fight me..

  7. Xaninho says:

    I think it’s a good thing he doesn’t use any PR training and doesn’t let others take care of his tweets. I’m not one of his fans, but which fan would like to read Jones’ tweets written by some assistant?

    A true humble and nice dude wouldn’t pat himself on the back for giving his teammates free equipment. If he was genuine he would have done that and not talked about it, he’s using it to prove a point now and that’s being fake.

    So he’s back to loving the sport now? A week ago he said it was just about the payday..Which is it?

    • Pkq says:

      +1 he needs to take his thumb out of his asshole, his shit has no where to go except out his mouth

    • Me says:

      +1 Agreed with everything you just said.

      • Cel415 says:

        I’m not apologetic about that, that slight arrogance that I may hold when it comes to being a martial artist.”
        And how exactly, does this jibe with the whole “I’m a humble martial artist” persona that he exhibited in his first 7-8 UFC fights? jon do yourself a favor and BUY 2 PR guys! you mos def need them!

  8. j4s3 says:

    i am inspired to blame shit on old people!

  9. Jujitsu Player says:

    I don’t want to get on the Jone Jones hate train because IMO he’s one of the biggest draws in MMA and I would always book his fights. Having said that he just doesn’t get it, coming out with lines like “I pride myself on inspiring others” just grates on me.

    Wish he’s just pipe down and let his fighting do the talking. Up to now nobody can touch him at 205lb and I can’t see anyone doing it anytime soon.

  10. Ddddddd says:

    Steer this thing back on track Johny boy.
    All the adversities he’s came through
    fighting he’s got this. It’s been a feel out
    process for more champions than just him.
    Make us proud then take the GOAT!

  11. askdfa;lksdjad says:

    Shut the f*ck up JBJ. Just fight. Nobody gives a shit about what you have to say. Stop talking until you are about 29 years old, kid.

  12. JUST A FAN says:

    The Only thing Jon Jones inspires……………….Is for people NOT to be arrogant assholes!

  13. Nick says:

    I just wonder how loud the boos are going to be on 9/22. Ultimately it’s the ufc’s fault but jj still should have taken the fight even though it was risky.

  14. Guss says:

    Spoken like a true kid. Doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. Full of contradictions. You can’t ve arrogant and still be a nice guy. Arrogance by nature is selfish and self centred. Qualities not becoming of a nice guy. One can hold themselves in high regard while still being humble. Silva, GSP, JDS, Bendo, and Aldo are all deserving champions, and none of them are arrogant. And I’m sure they all hold themselves in high regard. This kid may be an excellent fighter, but he’s got a lot to learn in being a great human being, or at least a good one where he doesn’t contradict the things he says and does.

  15. Sugar Ponybear says:

    Understandable. I think we all know who Jon Jones is now. I don’t mind the real Jones, I actually applaud him for finally admitting he’s cocky and full of himself. The fact is had he been this way when he first got the gold, no one would care. He tried so hard to be someone else though and when he started to revert to how he really was, no one liked him. Who knows, who he really is might grow on people. On a side note, you don’t have to be full of yourself to be great. GSP ain’t full of himself, Silva isn’t, Bruce Lee wasn’t, Chuck Norris isn’t. And if they are they do a great job of hiding it. When your full of yourself you get complacent, when your complacent, you lose. That’s MMA 101. “A man must constantly exceed his level” (Bruce Lee) You must always see yourself as not good enough, even if you’re the best. There is always room for improvement, always, and if you’re convinced you don’t need it, someone will pass you up.

  16. Bjj BB says:

    How are guys like nick and nate diaz, sonnon, bisping, rampage, rashad, and preety much every ufc fighter loved when they get cocky or feel they are the best but jbj dont get love for feeling the way he does? Any1 of you or any fighter would feel preety damn good if you have done what this kid did! If your a surfer, rapper, singer, boxer…….ect! If you dont feel your the best then whats the point? Ali and tyson both have stated that they were the best and they were loved for that! I see ali and tyson in jbj but for mma, love him or hate him he is the best and should be able to say it without ppl hating on him, cause your hating on what? Him being honest about whay he says when he proved it? Get the f-uck out of here with that bullshit!! If you hate the kid then so be it, stop talking about why you hate him if it has nothing to do with how he fights! No1 ever talks shit about how he fights but the thing is we only know him threw fighting! Thats how i know every hater on here only hates him cause hes that good! Get over him beating up your favorite fighters cause the shit you guys are hating about him is str8 femanine that only women should be talking shit about when there girl friend lets them down! Yall str8 P-USSY!!

    • Sugar Ponybear says:

      I have to admit, I stopped reading about halfway through due to the sheer lack of intellegence. To answer your question though, Nick and Nate are loved FOR their attitude, along with Sonnen and Rampage. Most people actually do shit talk Bisping and Rashad. The thing about Jones, which I’ve stated mulitple times now, once above, is that Jones came off as a respectable, humble person. Rather like GSP. But he turned out to be a jackass. With Nate, you knew what you were getting, that’s why you liked him. With Jones, apparently you didn’t, that’s why people don’t. I take it you’ve been a Bones fan for a while now, but not everyone is that sold on him. Him doing what he did and saying what he said is going to turn off a lot of people not so sold on him. And sports in general are much bigger than their respective sport. Take Drew Brees for example, if he turned out to be a dick, no one would like him. A lot of true Saints fans though would probably still support him. Either way, he’s still a great QB. Randy Moss, he’s a shit talking cocky douchebag. You knew that from the start, you either love him or hate him. Personality has a lot to do with sports. Specially if you put yourself out there like Jones has.

      • Sugar Ponybear says:

        I’ll even admit there are a lot of athletes in all different kinds of sports that I dislike because of their attitude. I’ll give them props but fuck em’. (LeBron James). Because of my extreme dislike for Queen James, I would never root for the Heat. Are they good? Yeah. Are they respectable? No. Good reason I hate the Giants (aside from their miracle superbowl wins) would be that their players are down right disrespectful. Ditto to Alabama and Chokelahomo…well, that and the fact it’s Oklahomo. Point being you don’t like someones attitude you find it hard to like that person, skilled or not.

  17. ***** says:

    A true marshall artist/champion would never talk or act the way he does, i personally refuse to watch his fights anymore. What a shame

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