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Jon Jones is still sayin’ stuff

More winning statements from our favorite light heavyweight champ:

Jones, who has successfully defended the light-heavyweight belt three straight times since capturing it with a win over Mauricio (Shogun) Rua in March 2011, is two wins away from breaking the record for most consecutive title defences in the 205-pound division, a distinction currently held by Tito Ortiz.

“If I were to somehow come up short against Chael Sonnen, I would have had to start all over on that record,” Jones told Sid Seixeiro during an appearance on Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Tim and Sid show. “And right now I don’t have any records, besides being the youngest champion in (UFC) history and having the longest arms in the sport’s history, which isn’t really an incredible record. So, to work as hard as I’ve worked and to just risk losing it all, it just didn’t make sense to me.

“If I had lost against Chael Sonnen, I would have had to start all over on that record, which is a long journey back. It was too much of a gamble for me.”

Via MMA Fighting:

“I also think the fans are kind of using their minds a little bit and realizing it truly wasn’t my fault. That I’m not a UFC executive. Dan Henderson got hurt, that’s what happened. They asked me to put my livelihood on the line, to put my belt on the line. I turned it down like many smart champions would.”

“And right now, there’s a lot of buzz around my name, whether it’s good or bad, and between those two factors, a lot of people are going to tune to watch a phenom vs. another phenom.”

I dunno, man. Banking on bad publicity to help sell your fight seems doesn’t seem like that good of an idea. Controversy might sell, but the kind of anger we’re seeing from a lot of fans isn’t that profitable Chael Sonnen style “Oh that guy, I wanna tune in to see him get his.” It’s more of a general sportsfan disgust at the selfish divalike behavior of Jones. And he expects everyone is going to tune in to see him fight an undersized, outmatched opponent? We didn’t see a huge bump in ticket sales for UFC Toronto when Bones was announced for the card. They’re still strugging to build hype and sell seats in a news cycle that’s all about cards falling apart. If Jon Jones is expecting to get a nice PPV sales bump out of his douchey UFC 151 actions, he may be in for a surprise.

  • iamphoenix

    SNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOORRRRRRRREEEEE

  • Letibleu

    as long as he dominates fights, thas what i watch. If i wanted drama, there is like 5 hours of it day on tv in the form of soap operas and then there is that honey booboo thing later that i havent watched a single episode of. yet.

  • Reverend Clint

    maybe he could have used his words and asked Dana to make it a non title fight. Or told dana no matter what he gets an imediate rematch… but he’s a faggy hipster douche.

  • Letibleu

    ^^thats why i call him a pussy.

    He could have made it a non title fight. if he murder Sonnen like he should have, its a non event. If it is a close fight, we know Sonnen gets another crack with both fighters having full training camps. He gets beaten by Sonnen we call it an abnormality like GSP vs Serra and Jones gets an immediate rematch with a full training camp to prove it.

  • Blackula Jonez

    If being hated but an elite talent/champ doesn’t = dollar signs then how the fuck do you explain Floyd Mayweather?

    He doesn’t finish as many opponents as Bones but pulls in way more coin and ppv buys. Different sport I know but to say the “You guys hate me, pay to see someone shut me up” model doesn’t work isn’t really reflective of reality.

  • randlemansvertical

    Jones needs to shut the fuck up. Fuck bothering to watch just in the hopes of him losing, I’ll check the gifs out the next day.

  • Nachtfalter

    I doubt the new heights of hatred for Jones will be enough to make his fight against Belfort a really big seller. It’s just too much of a mismatch to move the needle in a significant way.

    But the match against Chael, when (and if) it happens, is almost certainly gonna do a million buys after all the drama. As a late replacement fight it wouldn’t even have come close because of the lack of a concentrated marketing push. So at least in that way, declining the short notice fight might have been smart. Overall, it obviously wasn’t, but we’ve talked that to death already.

  • noiseless

    jones is a CRACKA

  • agentsmith

    Is he really talking as if the title defense record is more important to him than his resume and even the title itself?

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