Is Jon Jones the most hated man in MMA?

by Ian Peterkin | source: The Underground Blog

Underground Blogger Ian Peterkin is a Graduate Assistant in the Literature/Journalism program at Western Connecticut State University, and a staff writer for He will graduate with a Master of Fine Arts in 2013.                  

Alright, You Can Hate Jon Jones, Now

F. Scott Fitzgerald once remarked, “There are no second acts in American lives.” Jon Jones is going to find that out the hard way. He started his career by stating that he wanted to be a “company man” and a “role model.” This year he has proven to be neither. He also has the dubious distinction of being the most hated man in MMA. With so many fans of the sport looking for Jones to get his comeuppance for perceived holier-than-thou hypocrisy, let’s examine why.

When Dan Henderson was forced to pull out of UFC 151 due to an MCL tear, Dana White—and presumably, Joe Silva—scrambled to find a replacement for Jon Jones. Enter one Chael Sonnen. Sonnen is coming off of a loss to Anderson Silva. With no possibility of a rubber match, Sonnen is moving up a weight class. Looking to make noise in the 205 lbs. division, he recently called out Jones. Sonnen and Jones got into a back-and-forth exchange on Twitter. Jones did not find Sonnen worthy then, and he does not find him worthy now. That’s part of the problem: Jones does not seem to find anyone worthy these days.

Rather than taking a fight with Sonnen, Jones sought the counsel of his coach, Greg Jackson. Jackson advised him against doing the fight on short notice. Of course, this only made Dana White apoplectic. White said, “Greg Jackson is a f---ing sport killer.” Putting aside the cult-of-personality who is Greg Jackson for just a moment, look at the potential fights for Jones. He was originally slated to fight a natural middleweight, Dan Henderson. His proposed replacement, Chael Sonnen is a middleweight. Lyoto Machida, the actual replacement, weighed in at 201 lbs. earlier this month for the Fox card. Guess what? That guy should also be a middleweight. Have you ever seen Jon Jones, like in person? That guy is huge. He’s a heavyweight hiding out at light heavy! All the talk about Jones being a prima donna for not wanting to fight Machida because there isn’t enough money in it shouldn’t make people upset; it’s the lack of competition for the guy that should make them angry.

The biggest losers in this whole mess are not the fans but the other fighters on the card. And to be fair, the blame can’t be put at the feet of Jon Jones. The UFC is a billion dollar franchise; if they can’t make things right for all of their fighters, then they’re bush league, and the blame rests with them.

A word of advice to Jon Jones: Don’t try to win back the fans; it’s never going to happen. You should embrace your new role as a heel, like Josh Koscheck or Michael Bisping. Poor Rashad Evans would like to have the love of the crowd. Don’t be like him. You seem to have adopted the ethos of Floyd Mayweather. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Like Floyd, you can turn the hate into dollar signs.


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WALLSTREET_WRESTLER site profile image  


UFC would love to cut this kid.....and watch him waste his money and become a crackheadJONES knows thisso what well see is a MORE DOMINANT VERSION of him in the futureso what well see is a MORE DOMINANT VERSION of him in the futureso what well see is a MORE DOMINANT VERSION of him in the futureand ufc will be in this love/hate relationship with a champ they can't stand to look at

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8/24/12 11:45 AM by MPA2000

What a lame thread. The entire show is canceled due to one man? Whose fault is it to ride an entire show on one guy? Not the fighter that's for sure. The blame lies on the shoulders of the UFC, and White specifically for not having an alternate. Jones is bad for not fighting Sonnen? Who the fvck is Sonnen to just walk in and get a shot at the title?Objectively, I think that this is the problem with MMA today. Back in the beginning this was a tournament. 16 guys fought each other in one night until one was the champion. There was no videos or training for a specific fighter. What you needed to know you learned the night of the fight because you didn't know who you might face next when you advance.Now fighters base their next fight on their training method, and carefully look at the risks when there is a change of opponent.

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8/24/12 11:38 AM by Hong Kong Phooey


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8/24/12 11:16 AM by nat turner

Not sure what it was about Jones that bugged me ,without question he is the most gifted young fighter on the planet right now ,but there was something i didn't totally make him my sort of guy.That being said he got a massive amount of respect in this situation.In my opinion Sonnen didn't even deserve to fight Anderson a second time ,he was a cheat who was banned and did little to work his way into a match with the greatest fighter in mma history other than run his WWF type mouth. I am sick and tired of Dana White run this organization on cronyism and money first and foremost. Fighters getting so many chances after many losses just because it pulls in bigger numbers is joke if you are trying to legitimize this as a sport. There is no way Sonnen deserves this match with Jones and i commend him for outing Sonnen for what he is ,nothing more than racist big mouth that caters to the dregs of society. If the man just shut up and fight his way into contention then i would give him much more respect regardless of his racist views ,but he doesn't.HOw that man got a shot at Silva is beyond me and further tarnished the UFC in my eyes.John Jones i applaud you.

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8/24/12 11:04 AM by acgrrtt

Hate on

Kostakio site profile image  

8/24/12 11:03 AM by Kostakio


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8/24/12 10:57 AM by Allucard

Forcing other people to take up the bad guy role actually makes you look like the hero in a western movie, if you get that.

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8/24/12 10:45 AM by bmoney

If victorious, Chael could have been Obi Wan...Who would be Mace Windu?

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8/24/12 10:42 AM by Nick Fury

Jones is like Anakin, to Jacksons Palpatine.