Jones: I fight to make money

by Dave Doyle | source:

"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," Jones said. "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."

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Elhoffo site profile image  

8/24/12 12:16 PM by Elhoffo

I hope Nike drops him, what fan wants to wear his brand name stuff around. I know I won't be buying any of it.

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

8/24/12 12:12 PM by ranier wolfcastle

 chael sounds like easy money, guess jj is rich enough already

cheesesteak site profile image  

8/24/12 11:50 AM by cheesesteak

If he's so concerned to make money for his family, why doesn't he buy modest thing and save or reinvest? Instead of bentleys, rims and gold chains?

JackTheCon site profile image  

8/24/12 11:42 AM by JackTheCon

I take back what I mentioned previously about him. I don't like Jones much, but had respect somewhat for him. Now, there is no respect at all.

Tranny Yarbrough G(ayest)OAT site profile image  

8/23/12 6:05 PM by Tranny Yarbrough G(ayest)OAT

Wonder what the faggot Boners have to say about Jones turning down a fight with Sonnen since he fights for money after all.

cool hand Ed site profile image  

8/23/12 2:49 PM by cool hand Ed

He fights to make money.....yet he turned down a fight against Chael that would have sold between 700-900k ppv buys.

hubris site profile image  

8/23/12 2:42 PM by hubris


BobbyBoston site profile image  

8/22/12 3:27 PM by BobbyBoston

Silva already does

AGC IV site profile image  

8/22/12 3:17 PM by AGC IV

that was a mistake and Ariel apologized. The fact you believed it shows your intelligence.