If you think JDS has anywhere near the hype of Jones you're crazy.
I don't know if i mentioned this, but i hate this word: "hype".
Explanation starts 5 rows bellow!
JDS doesn't even headline despite having nothing but vicious, exciting fights against top guys.
You are so right! He doesn't headline that much, but Jones does.
But it's not Jones's fault for that. The UFC, the MMA shows, the MMA specialists - reporters, commentators - the fans - the MMA world in general has created this hype.
He didn't do it. Well in a way he did, by beating his opponents so easily, so far.
But, he said it himself. He feels like this "hype" needs to stop. Everyone should appreciate him as a fighter and not take anything out of the contest, creating this invisible shield arround him, that gives him super powers or something...
“Hype doesn’t get you a win. Hard work gets you a win. I’m sick of the hype train. Hopefully after Feb. 5 when I’m in the middle of the octagon, I’m sweating, I’m doing my interview, you’ll see a 23-year-old boy who’s worked his ass off to be standing there in front of Joe Rogan to be giving that interview. Hopefully I can derail the Jon Jones hype train by showing people that I’m serious, and I work hard to be where I’m at.”
People are already saying when Jones cleans out LHW he should go to HW.
I said it once: i feel like he will be LHW champion one day and if he continues like this, he could turn into a GSP or Anderson Silva one day: beating everyone and dominating his division - because he is very young and he has come a very long way in such a short ammount of time.
There is no denying: if he keeps improving like this, he may very well be incredibly hard to beat in a couple of years.
The problem with him going to HW: i believe it will happen eventually, because he is still growing. He said it on numerous ocasions.
He has the frame of a HW and he said he is doing more weight exercises, to increase his strength. That leads to an increase muscle mass, wich will be harder to cut as he grows bigger.
Plus i think, he would like to test himself at HW on day.
But first, sights are on the LHW division, for at least 3-4 years.
But you never know....
Btw which of Jones past opponents submitted Fedor? Was it... Vera?
O'Brien i think.... LOL