NYT: Jones the 'perfect ambassador' for MMA

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                    <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">UFC light heavyweight </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">champion Jon Jones is receiving extensive coverage prior to his fight Saturday night with challenger Glover </span>Teixeira<span style="line-height: 1.6em;"> Saturday night, live on </span>PPV<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">. He </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">appeared </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">on &ldquo;Live with Kelly and Michael,&quot; had an afternoon interview with Little Bow Wow, and was profiled in the New York Times.</span></p>

Athough Jones has a sometime edgy relationship with the hardcore fanbase, the New York Times piece was laudatory, calling him the face of the sport and a perfect ambassador. And the journalist, William C. Rhoden, clearly had some qualms about the sport itself.

Thoughtful, even philosophical about the sport he dominates, Jones is the perfect ambassador for a polarizing sport.

During a break between interviews, I asked Jones why he thought society needed another brutal sport.

Jones answered by underlining the merits of martial arts.

“Teaching martial arts is moving us toward a more peaceful society,” he argued, “because fighting creates confidence, and confident people tend not to make dumb decisions. They tend to feel more comfortable in their own skin and not feeling like they have to prove anything.”

Asked which sport — boxing or MMA — was more brutal, Jones said, “I think MMA can be seen as more brutal because of the ground and pound, and things that people aren’t comfortable seeing.”

“A lot of boxers see themselves as fighters. They believe they can knock anybody out. They can be arrogant, especially the stars of boxing.

“Most MMA fighters tend to have a little more pride in things like discipline, pride, honor and integrity, Each sport has its level of brutality, but that’s the price you pay to be a fan or to be an actual participant.”

Jones is proof that you can be a fan of the individual without being a fan of the sport.

“I try not to overthink it,” he said when asked if he felt pressure of being the face of UFC.

“I’ve been in the fast lane pretty much the majority of my career,” Jones said. “I don’t really feel any pressure. I’m really comfortable with expectations.

“The fast lane is my comfort zone."

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Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

Crooklyn - 




LMAO on point and voted up.

SteelyRes211 - Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

..and that the fans hate him.

ThomasBJJ - 
SteelyRes211 - Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

..and that the fans hate him.

... and the Twitter debacle...

ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
SteelyRes211 - Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

..and that the fans hate him.

... and the Twitter debacle...

... and the cancelled event...

ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
SteelyRes211 - Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

..and that the fans hate him.

... and the Twitter debacle...

... and the cancelled event...

... and the "I'm going to let a 16 year old at the gym drive my car because I'm a nice guy and not because I want to bang her" bit of a scandal.

Perfer Et Obdura -
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
SteelyRes211 - Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

..and that the fans hate him.

... and the Twitter debacle...

... and the cancelled event...

... and the "I'm going to let a 16 year old at the gym drive my car because I'm a nice guy and not because I want to bang her" bit of a scandal.
.....and losing his cat and having DMX find it for him... Phone Post 3.0

RoysBellyRollzz -
Perfer Et Obdura -
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
SteelyRes211 - Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

..and that the fans hate him.

... and the Twitter debacle...

... and the cancelled event...

... and the "I'm going to let a 16 year old at the gym drive my car because I'm a nice guy and not because I want to bang her" bit of a scandal.
.....and losing his cat and having DMX find it for him... Phone Post 3.0
....and only fighting at 80%... Phone Post 3.0

THE TROPHY BUCK -
Perfer Et Obdura - 
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
SteelyRes211 - Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

..and that the fans hate him.

... and the Twitter debacle...

... and the cancelled event...

... and the "I'm going to let a 16 year old at the gym drive my car because I'm a nice guy and not because I want to bang her" bit of a scandal.

Controversy creates cash Jones and Ronda are the only ones making any noise
.... And the whole knee kicks and finger extended while fighting... Phone Post 3.0

KZTT_FawkingxD - 
THE TROPHY BUCK -
Perfer Et Obdura - 
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
SteelyRes211 - Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

..and that the fans hate him.

... and the Twitter debacle...

... and the cancelled event...

... and the "I'm going to let a 16 year old at the gym drive my car because I'm a nice guy and not because I want to bang her" bit of a scandal.

Controversy creates cash Jones and Ronda are the only ones making any noise
.... And the whole knee kicks and finger extended while fighting... Phone Post 3.0


...instagram homophobic slurs...

and the whole legion of haters like in this thread

TheEssence -
RoysBellyRollzz -
Perfer Et Obdura -
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
SteelyRes211 - Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

..and that the fans hate him.

... and the Twitter debacle...

... and the cancelled event...

... and the "I'm going to let a 16 year old at the gym drive my car because I'm a nice guy and not because I want to bang her" bit of a scandal.
.....and losing his cat and having DMX find it for him... Phone Post 3.0
....and only fighting at 80%... Phone Post 3.0
Lol holy shit Phone Post 3.0

brahmabull81 - The truth is the casual fans and mainstream media like Jones. Sports journalists like interviewing him (sometimes because they just like to bring up his bros) so I can see where the article is getting this info from. The hardcore fans don't like him but that makes up a pretty small portion of the actual fanbase.

He gets booed oftentimes because hes always fighting longtime established fan favorites for the most part.

Im not the biggest fan of his personality at times but hes not this monster that people make him out to be. People just put him under a microscope and hate him for every bad (and sometimes they're not even bad... like the cat thing... really guys?) thing he does.

Its like the opposite as Cyborg. Shes a proven cheater and always beat up on smaller opponents but most of the hardcores are in fucking love with her and have her back no matter what and hate Rousey (for similar reasons they hate Jones).

Basically the lesson here is fighters can do things, and if the hardcores LIKE that fighter its overlooked and that person is still awesome, but if the hardcores HATE that person... FUCKIM.

Its lame. Enjoy his dominance and focus a little less on his personality, this isn't Bad Girls Club guys.
Agreed VU Phone Post 3.0

Lol in Phone Post 3.0

chaplinshouse - 
Letibleu - 
KZTT_FawkingxD - 
THE TROPHY BUCK -
Perfer Et Obdura - 
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
ThomasBJJ - 
SteelyRes211 - Except for that whole DUI thing. Phone Post 3.0

..and that the fans hate him.

... and the Twitter debacle...

... and the cancelled event...

... and the "I'm going to let a 16 year old at the gym drive my car because I'm a nice guy and not because I want to bang her" bit of a scandal.

Controversy creates cash Jones and Ronda are the only ones making any noise
.... And the whole knee kicks and finger extended while fighting... Phone Post 3.0


...instagram homophobic slurs...


...and the whole hypochristian having kids out of wedlock


....and the whole admitting he snitches on people who smoke marijuana

Strykr619 - Pussy ass haterade is strong in this thread. Make me smile to see him win and then check the UG and see them seethe with hatred.

I hope he keeps winning just to see your retards cry like bitches.

All I see is posters pointing out mostly proven facts which show why Jones is not a great ambassador for the sport. Hmmm. Phone Post 3.0

Crooklyn -

What happened, Crook? I thought I remembered you being friends with Jon's wife a while back? Phone Post

Jones is arguably the most exciting fighter in the UFC, i'll always tune in to watch him fight.

brahmabull81 - The truth is the casual fans and mainstream media like Jones. Sports journalists like interviewing him (sometimes because they just like to bring up his bros) so I can see where the article is getting this info from. The hardcore fans don't like him but that makes up a pretty small portion of the actual fanbase.

He gets booed oftentimes because hes always fighting longtime established fan favorites for the most part.

Im not the biggest fan of his personality at times but hes not this monster that people make him out to be. People just put him under a microscope and hate him for every bad (and sometimes they're not even bad... like the cat thing... really guys?) thing he does.

Its like the opposite as Cyborg. Shes a proven cheater and always beat up on smaller opponents but most of the hardcores are in fucking love with her and have her back no matter what and hate Rousey (for similar reasons they hate Jones).

Basically the lesson here is fighters can do things, and if the hardcores LIKE that fighter its overlooked and that person is still awesome, but if the hardcores HATE that person... FUCKIM.

Its lame. Enjoy his dominance and focus a little less on his personality, this isn't Bad Girls Club guys.
Good post Phone Post 3.0