Jon Jones Isn’t Apologetic, ‘This is Who I Am’

September 11, 2012
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Jon Jones UFC 87Jon Jones is the type of man that has been on a journey of discovery for a long, long time, probably his entire life. But to say that his journey intensified over the past couple of weeks would be an understatement.

When UFC president Dana White pulled the plug on UFC 151, much of the criticism he and other leveled landing squarely on Jones’ shoulders.

Yes, Jon Jones turned down a short-notice fight with Chael Sonnen, but he readily points out that he was ready to go when it came to his original opponent, Dan Henderson, and that he was only doing what was right for himself and his family.

It was Henderson that pulled out of the original UFC 151 main event, injuring his knee in training.

Still, Jones was hammered by everyone from White to fans to media for declining a short-notice bout just eight days removed from fight time… but he’s not apologetic about it. In fact, he considered it one of those important learning points in his life.

“I’ve said it before as far as the lesson that I learned,” Jones said during a UFC 152 media call on Tuesday to promote his fight with Vitor Belfort. “It’s just kind of a sad message, but it’s a legit message. At the end of the day, people are going to do what’s right for themselves. I did what was right for my family.

“(Dana White) did what was right by himself, by blaming a lot of other people around him. I did what was right by myself by not (taking the fight). That was the lesson ultimately learned by me. At the end of the day, people are going to do what’s right for themselves. It’s natural human emotion to survive and that’s what we both did.”

Jones’ approach to the whole UFC 151 cancellation has brought more realization to him as well.

With all the criticism leveled at him, particularly among other fighters and a faction of fans, Jones’s skin has gotten a little thicker.

“I train so hard to not even get hit, let alone to talk about losing a fight,” Jones told MMAWeekly.com. “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. You gotta be full of yourself, because that’s how you master yourself, that’s where you master your abilities. Be the biggest critic of yourself and be able to praise yourself and speak highly of yourself.

“So I’m not apologetic about that, that slight arrogance I may hold when it comes to being a martial artist.”

Sometimes his comments place Jones in a public role of being the villain, but he won’t sit for that. He believes in his heart that he’s a good person, “the nicest person ever,” and he won’t sit back and be painted into a dark corner.

“I’m not going to embrace the role of being the villain, because I’m not a villain,” Jones declared.  “At the same time, I’m gonna make comments and say things that I think are true.

“I want to express who I am as a person and this is who I am.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more UFC 152 news and updates.

  • bajafox

    Que the “not another Jon Jones UFC 151″ comments, lol

    • onehitwonder

      “I love this sport so much i owe it to myself to think of myself” isn’t that an oxymoron?? The belt says UFC not JON, if he loved the sport he would have done true to the sport and let the show gone on buy fighting Chael Sonnen, instead of chickening out, which is what it comes down to, he must think Chael has a chance of beating him.

  • lycan

    Omg who the hell cares

    • eidosrock

      Among others, apparently you. YOU read the headline, YOU clicked the link, and now you ask “who the hell cares?”

      What kind of nonsense is this?

  • Triggerman99

    This actually explains a lot. We all thought he acted the way does because he’s an arrogant, spoiled, self-righteous, narcissist who thinks he’s better than everbody else.
    Well, as it turns out, he’s actually a DELUSIONAL, arrogant, spoiled, self-righteous, narcissist who thinks he’s better than everbody else.
    See? Now it makes sense! Glad we got that all cleared up.

  • shereko

    How full of themselves can one person be? Yes, he can fight… good for you. Does that mean you have to be a complete douche? He thinks he’s bigger than the sport, bigger than the UFC… guess what, one KO and nobody will really care again. Then go trash another Bentley around a tree “family man” and what family men are out at 4:00am getting drunk?? “DELUSIONAL, arrogant, spoiled, self-righteous, narcissist who thinks he’s better than everbody else”… is completely right!

    • worldchamp

      He would never drink and drive. He is a Christian. What a douche this guy is turning out to be!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000493632092 anthonylopez

    Holy crap, I cannot stand this guy any more. He was “surviving”? I’m pretty sure he’s making more than enough money to support himself and his family even if he were to lose against Sonnen. What an absolute douchebag. This really makes me appreciate fighters who are in it for the love of the sport, and want to just go out there and do it for the fans. Jones has lost sight of all of that, and much faster than I ever thought he would. It baffles me that I used to cheer for this guy

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000493632092 anthonylopez

    Holy ****, I cannot stand this guy any more. He was “surviving”? I’m pretty sure he’s making more than enough money to support himself and his family even if he were to lose against Sonnen. What an absolute ********. This really makes me appreciate fighters who are in it for the love of the sport, and want to just go out there and do it for the. fans. Jones has lost sight of all of that, and much faster than I ever thought he would. It baffles me that I used to cheer for this guy. Wow

  • sc_d5b9c0d876b96467ebdff0651e2a1305

    I can’t hate on anyone for speaking what they believe is the truth. Jones/Belfort is an all around better match up than Jones/Sonnen. That coming form a Sonnen fan and hype junkie. 152’s card > 151’s.

  • BlackDog2009

    why do they keep putting a mike to guys mouth? he is the most obnoxious, overbearing individual in mma and next time he falls, it will be the hardest fall of all. i still remember when ufc(white, fertittas) stood by him on his dui scandal.

  • diazfan209

    Jon Jones said during the UFC 152 media call that he doesn’t want to get into it with Dana White anymore because that will get him nowhere, but then minutes later gets asked a question about his recent communication with Dana and says he feels he did what’s right for him and that “Dana did what’s right for Dana which is to blame everybody else but himself.”

    First he says he’s “over it” and then later goes off about it, talking everyone’s ear off, and continuing the UFC 151 blame game

    The entire media call, minus the awesome dialogue from Benavidez and Johnson, was Jon Jones defending himself and further reiterating and explaining who he is and why he made his decision.

    Anyone who has a “this is who I am, deal with it” doesn’t feel the need to explain them self to anyone because it truly doesn’t matter to them. What the MMA world thinks of the entire UFC 151 situation and his lost fans and new haters definitely matter to Jon Jones, which is why he goes on a explanatory rant after every question asked to him.

    If you are who you are then you don’t have to argue who the **** you are!

  • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

    People need to stop wasting their energy hatin gon Jon Jones even if they have good reason. It’s just getting old. We have to understand he’s a young champion and he’s going to do what he wants. He has his own mentality just like anyone else. He’ll either get beat eventually or get kicked out the UFC to be made an example of cause if he losses fan bane and doesn’t keep numbers up Dana may use his as a martyr so to speak. Dana said it with Silva after the Maia fight, if he ever acts like that again, he will fire him he doesn’t care if he’s the best p4p. I’m sure to extent he isn’t bluffing on that. He doesn’t want fighters thinking they can do what they want and he certainly doesn’t want cards cancelled.

    • wonggfan

      Your english is horrible? are you a foreigner?

  • greaseygranny

    He still has the sweetest labia in all of MMA.

    • worldchamp

      You can retire that joke now. It wasn’t funny the first 15 times you posted it either. Just saying…

      • greaseygranny

        No problem bro. He still has the sweetest clitoris in all of MMA. Better?

        If not. Produce the 15 times that it was posted by me before. If you can’t, it kind of looks like you’re quite the labia yourself. Just saying…

  • dathump

    I just read an artical that Dana, when asked why belfort over Sonnen, Sonnen stated to Dana that he didn’t have time to prepare for jones at 152. That just proves that Sonnen just likes to cause sh!t. all he wanted to do is bad mouth and maybe get an upset, but not risk his ranking in LHW. The only reason it is such a story is Chael made such a stink about it and Jones now feels compelled to defend his actions. With that said, there is enough injuries and new fights coming up that maybe these writers will have some new news to report on and put the 151 story to sleep

  • pooby

    I’ve never heard of this Jones guy, but did you all hear that Rampage, Aldo, and Matushenko all announced they’re injured today?

  • gnodeb

    Why is there so much hate for JJ? He is young, healthy, rich and he has LHW title. Of course he will become arrogant and narcissistic. That was expected.
    So what’s the problem. Are we angry that he destroyed all our favorite fighters or we are just blindly jealous?
    We are fans of MMA and he is a king of MMA right now. I think we should admire him and enjoy what he is doing while he is doing it. I’m talking about his doing in cage… everything else is “as fake as it gets”

    • macgrubber

      bad troll.

    • Lesnardo

      Real young, healty and rich athletes like Floyd Mayweather, Lebron James, and Cristiano Ronaldo laugh out loud at Jon Jones and his bentley. LOL!!!

      • gnodeb

        Why did you bring boxer, basketball and football player to this conversation? Maybe because there is no other MMA fighter who can be compared to JJ success? LOL?

    • Triggerman99

      That “everything else” that you mentioned is where the hate comes from. Nobody said he wasn’t a great fighter, just that he’s arrogant, narcissistic, dellusional, etc,.
      Those are absolutely justified reasons to hate on the guy. And it has nothing to do with him being dominant. I am a converted hater; I used to be a fan, so it’s not like I never gave him a chance.

    • onehitwonder

      EVERYONE IS HATE’N CAUSE AS A UFC CHAMP YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO KICK A** ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, ANYONE, NOT TURN TALE CAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT COLOR LIPSTICK ON!

  • drewlayda

    We agree,you’re not being “drawn up” as the villain, that’s just who you are, no “draw up” needed, you got that handled naturally… That’s why some of us burned all their UFC schwag with your name or likeness on it and are boycotting Nike as long as they have you as their spokesperson. Some of us even photo-shopped your face onto a movie with two dark skinned homosexuals having at it… I saw it, you looked like you where having a splendid time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Big.Perk.in.Catt duaneperkins

    Jones was right not to take the fight. Today’s MMA is not a bar brawl or even the MMA of old.. they are a new breed of fighter who when it comes to this level, train for an individual fighter. Sonnen is an opportunistic attention hound and will talk smack just to get a fight, and more power to him if he is able, but, he also has nothing to loose and everything to gain. Jones has nothing to win and all to loose. It may not be a fan favorite decision but, its a smart decision. If you don’t see this, you must be one of those idiots who boo’s as soon as a fight hits the ground or they are pressed up on the cage. A lots happening in most cases and its a chess match of skill, wits and strength and if you don’t realize this, well, you are either new to the sport or.. an idiot. We all want to see yet another fight, and we all want to see them stand and bang it out, but, becoming a better fan will help you appreciate all the work and effort that goes into being a top level combatant. So, if Jon had taken the fight and lost to a KO for instance (not that I ever see Sonnen capable of it, esp with Jones), then what? Jones keeps the admiration of a few fans? How does that pay the bills? Grow up and educate and keep your boo’s to yourself until someone knowledgeable pipes up. Watch and learn. Good Call Jon. Thanks for keeping it real.