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Thursday, 08/23/2012, 09:10 am

Jon Jones Makes It Clear, He Fights For The Money | UFC NEWS

“I want to focus on Dan Henderson at this point, and not worry about Lyoto Machida, but when it comes to a pay-per-view conversation in general, I fight for honor and integrity and I fight to be the best. I try to keep martial arts experience in mind as much as possible. At same time, I’m a 2012 warrior and I fight to provide for my family. This is a sport where we don’t have a retirement plan and we don’t have insurance for the rest of our lives, so the money that I make today is the money that’s around for when I’m 80 years old and if I ever get sick, or, I have to pay for several colleges already because I have a lot of kids. Right now, I’m on this call with you reporters because you want to write the best story so you can make money. Well you know, I fight to make money, quite frankly. So, if I was to not be involved with my time, and be completely ignorant to my finances, and pay-per-view sales, and taxes, and investing, you know, it would be a shame. I refuse to be a broke athlete when I retire. So, I don’t apologize for being aware of pay-per-view sales, and being business savvy. My whole reason for picking up MMA gloves in the first place was because I had a kid on the way. My original goal was to be successful in my parents’ eyes. I was the college dropout between me and my brothers.”

“Say the NFL, I’m sure they’re really passionate about football, but they don’t go out there because they love it that much, they do it because they want to be the best, and they want to provide for their families, so it’s so much more than if you love it. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t want to be champion.”

During yesterday’s UFC 151 pre-fight media call, UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones kept it real in regards to his motives to fight and remain champion.

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