Jones: I need to show America that I'm a champion

by John Morgan | source:

"I need to show America that I'm a champion," Jones said. "I'm a champion coach. I'm a guy who is not going to be stingy with his success. I'm going to try and motivate others with his success and share his success and ultimately bring up the whole sport of mixed martial arts, whether it's an individual athlete or an ideal or anything. My job is to pay it forward.

"I look at this way, and it's very simple: Somebody put me on to this world of mixed martial arts, and I owe a great deal to that person. the only way I can truly ever say thank you in my eyes is to put someone else on it. So when I'm in the locker room, I look at all of my guys as, 'Which one of you guys is going to be the next guy? Which one of you guys can I bless by giving you my best?' That's the way I feel about the whole situation. I want to put someone else up. I want to change someone else's life. I want to give back to the sport and be a contributor to one of the next great fighters."

Throughout the history of "TUF," past coaches have sometimes taken vastly different approaches to their fighters. Some have jumped in the trenches with their teams while others have preferred to coach from afar, allowing their appointed assistants to handle the dirty work. Where Jones falls in that spectrum remains to be seen, but he teased that helping his fighters with their mental strength was chief among his priorities.

"I think this whole championship is a matter of coaching them mentally," Jones said. "These guys should already be in shape before they got here. I want to see which guys want to consider themselves a leader and which guy is going to take that inferior role. The whole journey is mental. … The whole experience, I consider the tournament to be something like a boot camp, an initiation. So it's more about pushing them to the limit mentally to see if they're really ready to be a champion."

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WiqedWhite site profile image  

12/27/12 4:01 PM by WiqedWhite

I LOVE watching Jones fight but god I wish he would shut his mouth

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12/27/12 1:25 PM by tamynese

"Here's the deal I'm the best there is. Plain and simple. I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence." -Jon "Ricky Bobby" Jones

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12/27/12 12:58 PM by TheRaider

Pay if forward was a great movie.

Dillon70 site profile image  

12/27/12 12:49 PM by Dillon70

Phony. I don't think he is, but I'm surprised none of the idiots here said it yet...

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12/27/12 12:33 PM by UGCTT_ScarecrowRio

Dreamy, Slick, and quite a Sight

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12/27/12 12:31 PM by xXJayRobXx

Cause it's so high and mighty to want to be apart of opening the door for someone else.

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12/27/12 12:30 PM by dhas

Is he cute and dreamy to you?

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12/27/12 12:26 PM by TopGrinder

When jones talks I just sigh and roll my eyes

BOMDC site profile image  

12/27/12 12:24 PM by BOMDC

Just when I thought Jones was done being a douche he's talking about which one of these peasants deserves his holy blessing.

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12/27/12 12:22 PM by UGCTT_ScarecrowRio

Good post. I would like to bring up a part of your postBelfort giving Jones a better fight than most people thought, shows that no matter the weight, there is that "Any given day, any well placed punch, well timed submission, well stylistic matchup, ect" factor. Sonnen could give Jones a good fight. I am aware that this is not the point of your post, but Chael Sonnen isnt a small MW can they are feeding Jones like say them giving the fight to Chris (no disrespect) if he had a 3 fight win streak. Also with MW and LHW being close in size with proper strength training Sonnen could be a legit 205erThat said, I do agree that Hendo and Machida have better claims at the shot, but we were not given that. We should be thankful that its not someone who generates zero intrest, and has a decent shot.