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And Jon Jones wonders why some people don’t like him

Right along with “talented” and “athletic,” the adjectives most used to describe Jon “Bones” Jones are also “arrogant” and “cocky.” Fluid and smooth in the cage, Jones is downright awkward outside of it. The UFC light-heavyweight champion has rubbed fans the wrong way, and in an interview with ESPN, once again the young champion shows us why he has those likeability issues. In discussing Lyoto Machida, Jones said:

“I don’t want to fight Lyoto Machida. He was my lowest pay per view draw of last year. Why would I want to fight someone where it’s a lose-lose situation? I won’t make money on it, and he’s a tricky fighter.”

Someone in Jones’ camp desperately needs to sit his gawky ass down and give him some lessons on public relations. If he’s going to adopt the business angle, then there are certain things he needs to know. Not coming off as a douche is lesson one.

Look, we all know it’s about the money, no need to kid ourselves. But the great ones know how to make it seem like it’s also about something nobler. Chuck Liddell would have fought anyone, anywhere, anytime. He would have gotten paid, but it would have been about more than just money. It would have been about pride, and proving that his chin was still intact after four brutal knockouts. Had Chuck not been put out to stud he’d be drooling from the side of his mouth right now and watching “The Price is Right” reruns from his wheelchair. He wanted to get paid too, but he was a warrior.

Jones comes off like the bank CEO who pissed away your 401K on reckless investments then got bailed out and took a $90 million bonus. When they asked if he would accept the Machida fight if he beats Dan Henderson, Jones said, “I don’t even know. I don’t know how to answer that right now.”

Greg Jackson, Malki Kawa, someone for the love of God, either teach this kid how to do this stuff or muzzle him!

  • kvelertak

    It’s only going to get worse. Lyoto is the only LHW who can beat him. All the rest are on the downside of their career.

    Lets just hope Hendo shows up with murder in his heart.

  • Reverend Clint

    its only lose/lose if he loses other wise it would be win/lose. Add “idiot” to the list

  • SHORT_BUS

    Can’t begrudge the guy for not being excited about taking a fight that is risky but doesn’t pay well.

  • drunkenjunk

    just hopin for Jones dui 2 and 3 in the next few months. That’ll take care of his ass for at least a couple years.

  • Letibleu

    what ever happened to “ill fight anyone they put in front of me”?

  • http://www.mattpolly.com matthewpolly

    He’s the first MMA fighter signed by Nike. He doesn’t need the PPV money, he needs fans to like him so they’ll buy Nike shit. Jones represents the inflection point where MMA fighters become like pro football & basketball players. Super rich, Bentley-destroying stars, utterly divorced from their fan base.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ read: he’s a dooooooooshuh!

  • Iron Mike

    Maybe J.Jones should worry more about surviving an H-Bomb, than looking towards a future title defense. Sounds like Lyoto’s a big concern for JJ and it’s starting to show.

  • SST

    Money changes everything. But in JJ’s case, he’s always been a douche. Som’bitch thinks he’s making Anderson Silva money.

  • Letibleu

    Anderson Silva is the first MMA fighter to be signed by Nike.

  • noiseless

    i hope hendo makes a dent in is head.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Honesty is the best policy…unless you are in the entertainment biz.

  • fightlinkerReader

    Are any great matches left, other than perhaps Anderson Silva and the upcoming Henderson match, that is going to make huge ppv sales?

    We have seen Jones desimate all comers – Rachad, Machida, Shogun. The excitement is gone. Beyond the upcoming Henderson fight – the last remaining elite light heavyweight not to have faced Jones – I think all future ppv sales will be crappy regardless of who they pick. Who is left that would significantly outsell Machida?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/JHScramble Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    Meh. I agree with him. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing Pisschida get destroyed; however, a win over a reckless Ryan Bader does not equal a title shot over a guy who just choked your ass out.

  • Letibleu

    Hendo knocking off Jones somehow is the best outcome we should hope for.

    Unfortunately if JJ fought Hendo 10 times in a row i think JJ would win 9 times.

    I remember post Ice age we complained that there was no dominant champion because the belt was passed around like the party slut. Now we got our wish in a dominant champion AND someone we are starting to love to hate.

    We are difficult prissy bitches that can never be pleased.

  • iamphoenix

    I just want to see him lose. Mostly because I don’t like him and it would be awesome to see Dan Henderson with a UFC belt around his waist.

  • drunkenjunk

    hey, fightlinker reader. If you’re gonna use big words you don’t know the meaning of you should probably spell them correctly. decimate.

  • drunkenjunk

    everybodyz else has prefect grammar

  • Reverend Clint

    jon jones is like every jock douche in high school you wish would have gotten a traumatic brain injury

  • http://www.mattpolly.com matthewpolly

    I just think he’s Terrell Owens. That said, there isn’t the slightest chance the smaller, older H-bomb lands on him.

  • fightlinkerReader

    “hey, fightlinker reader. If you’re gonna use big words you don’t know the meaning of you should probably spell them correctly. decimate.”

    Too funny, I actually did google the word. Must have typoed the word while typing.

  • glassjawsh

    “Too funny, I actually did google the word. Must have typoed the word while typing.”

    as opposed to typoing while shitting out the words?

  • frickshun

    I fear Polly.

  • G Funk

    I fear you with a tropibitchdrinkacolada and a speedo.

    Actually I want that Vienna Jewsauge.

  • fightlinkerReader

    “as opposed to typoing while shitting out the words?”

    My deepest apologies if I violated your literary sensibilities over the misspelling and improper use of the term decimate. I should aspire to the highest writing standards when posting in a discussion thread on a snarky mma board like fightlinker.

  • frickshun

    ^^I accept.

    G–>I accept your solicitation as well.

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