Jon Jones doesn’t show a lot of respect for his opponents; he wears shirts that say things such as “Not Quite Human” and “Bones Owns.”
The UFC light heavyweight champion thinks a lot of himself inside the cage.
After Saturday night’s performance and UFC 165, let’s hope that Jones starts to loosen up now. Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson by unanimous decision at UFC 165, in a highly disputed decision. Jones got away with one.
Next time, let’s hope he doesn’t dismiss his opponent. Jones said, prior to his fight with Gustafsson, that the Swede had “lost his heart and soul” in his submission loss to Phil Davis. Clearly that wasn’t the case, because Gustafsson battered Jones on Saturday night in a bigger way than anyone has ever before. For a guy who has lost his heart and soul, he sure looked strong out there.
Jones also said that he’d like to box a Klitschko brother, Wladimir Klitschko or Vitali Klitschko. After Saturday night’s performance, it’s very clear that should never happen. Jones’ best weapons are his kicks and elbows; it’s certainly not his hand speed or power in his hands.
Any average boxer would have knocked Jones out on Saturday night in a stand-up only fight. Yes, Jones is a very good mixed martial artist, largely because of his height and reach, but that doesn’t make a great stand-up fighter.
Let’s hope Jones has learned from his near-loss, and starts to elevate his opponents and promote the overall sport during the buildup to his next fight. It’s clear that he’s not unbeatable. He needs to come back down to earth and start talking like a humble man who can do great things, but one who understands he is beatable on any given day.