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Jon Jones Wants Nike Sponsorship, But Accepted Direct Sponsorship From UFC


By Jamie McAllister:
“For this fight, I have a goal, I’ve had a goal of being sponsored by Nike for many, many years. Part of our strategy to try and make that happen one day is to not be a billboard, and not just be sponsored by TapouT one week, and Affliction one week, and then MusclePharm next week, and all these random companies,”

“When Form Athletics went down pretty much every company in the business was looking for an opportunity to work with me, and I was really honoured just to be wanted like that. I thought it was really awesome, it was a real honour,”

“We came up with a strategy to keep it clean and be sponsored by the UFC itself. I’m glad the UFC wanted to work with me as well, and I think that they trust that I’ll never make them look bad. You never have to worry about me with a DWI (driving while under the influence) or doing something crazy,”

“I think I’m a good company guy. The UFC asks me to do anything and I always do it, and I never tell them no for anything. I’ve had to do more marketing than any other fighter because I say no to absolutely nothing. I don’t think most champs are like that.”

“I think they realized I’m a company guy and they decided to sponsor me,” said Jones. “They put in the deal that if any mainstream companies come after this win that they will let me go, and I think that’s awesome.”

The deal is open so if a large sponsor comes in looking to add Jones to their roster than the UFC would not have a problem with that and with the Light Heavyweight Champion wearing the UFC product they might see a spike in profit coming from the clothing sales in the business.

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50 Comments to Jon Jones Wants Nike Sponsorship, But Accepted Direct Sponsorship From UFC

  1. Jeff says:

    Jon Jones Blah blah blah, I’m the greatest blah blah blah!
    He talks too much. I think he is a media whore, or would he be a slut???

  2. Edgar says:

    They’re
    Their
    There

    Learn the difference, this is the second article I read with the same errors!

  3. Xaninho says:

    So now he’s the best company guy too? And smart move by UFC, if Nike decides to sponsor him imagine how much worldwide exposure that would generate for the UFC, paid by Nike…

    • Gerald says:

      Yep – right on. McDonald’s, Nike, etc… Smart by the UFC. Personally, I’d like to see a champ who refuses all endorsements and doesn’t use his hard work to sell shit. But I’m a Bill Hicks fan so….

      • Gee Fresh says:

        Gone are the days when fighters do what they do for the love of it. Everything comes down to feeding the ego, money is unfortunately at the top of the food pyramid. Use your public influence to convince people to buy things they don’t need at high prices made in cheap labour shops…. way to go humanity.

        Live, buy, consume, die. RIP Bill Hicks

  4. Dick Diaz says:

    BJPENN.com’s been coming through with their own articles now… that’s what’s up!

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      None of this changes the FACT the man is a “FAKE” in the worst way

      • Dude says:

        you’re fake too with your bullshit name ‘get rid of fitch (forever). at least jones puts himself out there with his real name. you’re too full of shit to do that.

        • omgaghost says:

          In “Get Rid of Fitch”‘s defense, he posts on just about every thread with some variation of Fitch Hate. I agree he’s delusional for thinking Jones is anywhere near “fake”. However he is really loyal to his hatred of Fitch. And I can kinda respect that.

  5. Mutt says:

    Jon Jones is great, man. He is an awesome fighter and a great role model. He is set for life, at only 24, soon to be 25 years of age. I wonder what he will be doing after he wins his fight with Rashad Evans. Up to HW? Space is the limit for Jon Jones.

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      I can’t wait to see Jon Jones get hit by a heavyweight. I think Cormier would spank his ass

      • Cormier? says:

        who from strikeforce has actually made a difference in the UFC? cormier’s in strikeforce for a reason. jones would outstrike cormier with one eye tied behind his back!!! you thinking hendo i bet……you loser…

        • Brian says:

          No, he actually means Cormier. He would kill Jones if Jones went to HW. Stop talking, you’re making yourself look like an even bigger idiot

        • PAAAALEEEAASSEEE! says:

          Jones would destroy Cormier. There are no notable Strikforce fighters in HW or LHW. That Cormier-Bigfoot fight was crap. Please. no comparison.

        • JSP says:

          Ok no one is going to say it that this tard literally put that Jones could win with “one EYE tied behind his back”

          I so want to meet your father and kick him so hard in the balls for raising an idiot

    • that’s actually a good idea, we should send Jones to space. LOL

  6. Ruben says:

    Jones is a clown

  7. GriffynB says:

    “They put in the deal that if any mainstream companies come after this win that they will let me go, and I think that’s awesome.”
    Already calling it a win?

    • Xaninho says:

      That’s pretty sharp there buddy! You’re right! Hahah what a douche overlooking Evans.

      But noooo he isn’t cocky, and he doesn’t think he’s already the greatest fighter of all times….

    • Bigfan says:

      Since your obviously a hater… go watch any Rashad interview leading to this fight and he talks the same. In fact, 70% of fighters talk in the context like they already won their next fight. It’s all part of preparing yourself mentally.

  8. Bigfan says:

    smart move by the UFC, this is the best way to make use of future superstars. they should think about doing this with other fighters too, maybe Jose Aldo so he can get some big Brazil sponsors or Rory MacDonald if he learns how to give an exciting interview.

    April 21st, haters gonna hate, Bones by submission in championship rounds.

  9. MIke S says:

    With Silva getting the Corinthian sponsor & BK Jones wants the same Nice

  10. Rob says:

    This is a horribly written article – ‘There is no doubt love him or hate him Jones draws an audience recent comments from Jones on how after the company Form Athletics got out of the game everyone wanted Jones in there stuff but he has opted to go down a different route and wear the UFC clothing oppose to anything else as he pledges his even more of his loyalty to the brand that made him famous and gave him the stage to revolutionise his skills.’

    Jesus. Heard of punctuation and sentence structure much?

  11. Tim says:

    Yo BJ fire your current staff and hire a new one cause these mothafuckers are some retards. I’ve never seen so many spelling mistakes and grammatical errors on any leading news website.

  12. Twatty Mc.Twatface says:

    so basically jones is admitting hes a brown noser and a yes man, hell do whatever ufc want him to.
    basically hes a puppet and hes in this situation with rampage cos ufc knew they can manipulate jones as he rides their dick

    • Shut the hell up Twatty says:

      They’re doing the same to you at McDonalds, so stfu you idiot!
      McDonalds:”Twatty, mop the floor!”
      Twatty: “Yes, boss.”
      McDonalds: “Twatty, get over there and cook those damn fries.”
      Twatty: “Yes, boss.”
      McDonalds: “Twatty, change your name to the most stupid name ever in the history of names and add a ‘Mc’ to it to show your devotion to our company!!!”
      Twatty: “Yes, boss, right away, boss.”
      McDonalds: “Twatty, we’re going to give you a raise to $6 an hour because you deserve it!”
      Twatty: “Thank you, boss, thank you.”

      dumb mf’er.

  13. jared says:

    you guys are all really showing your ignorance. Read his bio he is from the UK. “English” english and “American” english are not exact translations of one another. I bet there is a fair share of “English” people on this website as well who can stick up for our countrymen. You Americans can be so stupid sometimes

  14. Shawn says:

    Man, this guy is turning into everything he says he’s not. He’s a me, me, look at me guy now. He’s a kid that has let success and fame get to his head. He started in the UFC without an ego. Now he’s got one of the biggest. Plain and simple. Regardless of how he is, if only he was honest with himself, he can be honest with the fans. Then and only then he’d get the respect he’s so desiring. This isn’t hating. This is just how it is in real life.

  15. ma mama said mma says:

    such a smug arrogant person note how he said “after the win” not even after this fight hes overlooking every other fighter someone needs to knock him down a peg

  16. ma mama said mma says:

    and spelling mistakes? really who gives a fuck if you can read then its fine id rather read a detailed and interesting article with a 100 spelling mistakes then some snobby grammar prick who talks shit

  17. jason says:

    Jordan wore shoes while playing basket ball… Jones does not wear shoes while fighting

    • King Prodigy Levreau says:

      I think the UFC and Jones only care about the “swoosh”. Throw a “brand” label on it and charge 20% more because it’s “cool” and he’s your hero. Can’t wait to get my “Air Jones Halo’s”…yeah right. WAR PENN WAR!!!

  18. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    You are all a bunch of Jones pansy ass nuhuggers who can’t get Jones cock out of your mouths. The man is a fake ass arragant prick who wouldn’t piss down your throat if your guts were on fire. Get a clue already

  19. UFC VIDEOS says:

    that’s a good look

  20. Adamp says:

    It is honor, and labor you fucking idiots

  21. Adamp says:

    It’s labor and honor you fucking idiots

  22. King Prodigy Levreau says:

    “An artist’s expression is his soul made apparent, his schooling, as well as his “cool” being exhibited. Behind every motion, the music of his soul is made visible. Otherwise, his motion is empty and empty motion is like an empty word – no meaning.” -Bruce Lee Mr. Jones looks like he is chasing fame and money, at what expense?

  23. A.James says:

    He’s paid. I don’t see what the problem is.

  24. The natural says:

    They can give it to him only after two more title defenses because then he truly will be great but he just is way to ahead of him self this guy shouldn’t even be fighting at lhw he’s 6 4 plus he should be competing at heavyweight did anybody c his first fight in UFC hrs still that same guy

  25. Pancho says:

    Why so much hate on Jones? He’s dominated the LHW division. Gtfo.

  26. danieljonesfan says:

    Everyone agrees he’s a talented fighter, it’s his mouth that irks people. He believes and rightly so that he will dominate for years because he clearly will, I think if he came out and said ‘yeah I’m the best fucking thing since sliced’ then people would respect that. The problem is he tries to not so subtly say how great he is and what great things he gonna do whilst playing the I respect my opponent card. If he did truly respect Rashad he wouldn’t even be talking about greatness.

  27. Khaos says:

    I won’t believe jones is great until he fights someone his own size ..

  28. danieljonesfan says:

    Some Swedish bloke looks like he’s gonna do some damage

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