Ok ladies and gents, I'm not here to start any arguements or make any enemies, but I'm going to tell you why you are immensely over criticizing our exceptional LHW Champ -
First off, have you all forgotten what this sport is about? It's FIGHTING
. Hell, 10 years ago? If Jon Jones had popped up everyone would be IN LOVE with him without the media that has slowly risen up and controlled the UFC for the past few years. (Let me remind you, we've all been so drawn to Chael vs Anderson for so long, why? Because of the media and the personality of Chael)
Sure, Jon isn't much of a talker. Who are you to judge him? This man has risen up from who knows really what childhood and at his young age achieved accomplishments that people only dream of. He is a FIGHTER. All he has ever wanted to do was be Champ and fight.
We all loved him
before he was a champ, what happened? He's young, he let the attention and media get to him, SO WHAT? He isn't the greatest speaker, he gets nervous and isn't Chael (Who I think WE ALL have been spoiled by lately, in terms of public relations skill) But
He's a unique and damn good fighter, and a nice guy... something all of you have forgotten. He's getting so much heat because of the UFC 151 outcome.. but think about this -
1 - Chael comming off of a embarressing loss to Andy, talking complete shit to Jones out of nowhere. Frankly, if I was champ and someone did that to me, I would tell them to f-off because they don't deserve the chance yet at fighting me. Chael haden't earned it. In anyone's eyes.
2- Dana asked him (Jones) to fight a completely different fighter. Chael is a big dude. Hendo is big but Chael has a severe height and reach advantage. This isn't even the crucial aspect, the fact that Jones most likely (can't say possitive :confused03) spent most of his sparring time with someone throwing the H-bomb over and over. Chael could very well go in there and take him down and try to lay and pray for a few rounds to get a decision - VERY UNLIKELY but hey, it's a fight.. anything could happen - which brings up another point
*Jon had NOTHING to gain with this fight and everything to lose. He's young and want's to be the next Anderson Silva, he's said it himself. On short notice, with a completely different stylistic matchup, AND someone whos been badmouthing his way to title shots, I don't blame Jones for saying no. Do I think I would have made this same decision if he was champ? No I would have pummeled Chaels head in. BUT, Jones is his own person.. he should be able to make decisions and be forgiven or not blamed for. It wasn't Jons decision to cancel the card.. had he known that? He would have fought Chael in a heart beat. He wanted to pay everyone their salaries but decided not to because of the smack talk - Would you guys really spend your own money to pay people who couldn't fight because of your BOSSES decision, after they talk shit about you? I doubt I would. Who knows
Anyways, my rambling is just to maybe put some thought into all of the hate towards Jon. He's human. He makes mistakes but he's never purposely done someone wrong. The guys religious as all get out, you've all seen him. The last thing the guy wants to do is do someone wrong.