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Old 07-16-2011, 12:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jon Jones at his very bes...... WORST

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Jon Jones has all the talent and athletic ability in the world; it took him to the UFC light heavyweight championship less than three years after his pro debut. But for all his physical maturity, one of the biggest criticisms leveled against Jon is that he is not as mature mentally as he is physically. This came shining through yet again when doing an interview with the popular sports blog With Leather.

Josh Zerkle asked Jon what the one thing he would change about the sport is and he gave one of the most obnoxious and self-important answers possible:

JONES: It's a silly one. I would get rid of the replica belts.

Like the ones they sell at the events?

JONES: Yeah. I hate it when people come up to me with a belt that looks exactly like mine and they ask me to sign it. I worked three times a day for three years to get this [light heavyweight championship] belt, and now this guy asking me for an autograph has one just like it. Are you serious? I mean it's not as heavy, but it looks just the same.

I like that. I don't think it's silly at all.

JONES: I never sign those belts.

Unless a fan is walking up to Jon and claiming that he also "earned" his replica belt, it's such an extremely petty thing for a fighter to care about.

For a sport where everyone takes such pride in the accessibility of its athletes, this is an answer that is below what I'd expect from event he most jaded of "mainstream" sports stars.

I don't recall ever hearing an established NFL, MLB, NBA, etc. star refuse to sign a jersey because they'd worked since they were little kids to play ball at the highest level. They touch in the interview a little on the fact that there's no merchandising rights for the fighters, but for Jones to act like a fan wanting his autograph on a piece of memorabilia should suffer because MMA agents have never had the strength (or ability) to better pursue the merchandising and licensing issue is a rather weak move on his part.

Then, a more experienced and mature Urijah Faber was asked the same question. His answer:

FABER: I'd like to see, and I'm on the positive side of this, I'd like to see the less marketable guys taken care of. That's one thing. Another thing is the judging. It's terrible. I think there needs to be a serious call to action to make sure these judges know what the hell they're talking about. It's unfortunate when you got a guy who has spent his whole life to getting good at all these things not getting credit for what he's doing in the cage. Striking, wrestling...I don't think the average judge knows what they're doing.

The answer would be a judging commission, get them licensed, make them go through a process. Maybe they're fighters or coaches in the sport before they can be a judge.

Looking out for other fighters and the long-term good of the sport vs. being upset that a fan wants your autograph on a fake belt.

Smooth move, Jon.
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:09 AM   #2 (permalink)

 
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That leaves a real bad taste in my mouth. I mean he sounds like an arrogant jerk to be honest.
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That leaves a real bad taste in my mouth. I mean he sounds like an arrogant jerk to be honest.
yep theres no logic in what he is saying and his just a new champ, maybe the people wanting the autograph worked hard to pay for this cheap belt and this is the highlight of their crummy life or a bad year or bad financial times, or maybe its a little kid and he just says no im the real champ you arent upstaging me. say what you want about my lads lesnar,sonnen and diaz but they would sign that belt no problems
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Tacky comments by Jones for sure.

Guess what Jon? Without those horrible fans who ask you to *gasp* sign a fake belt, you wouldn't be famous, or wealthy.
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The jerseys are an extremely poor analogy. It'd be more like dudes walking around with replica championship rings talking about initialing it or something. I bet if you walked up to Kobe Bryant with a fake championship ring he'd be like "Man wtf, take that shit off."

I think it is kind of weird that the UFC would sell fake belts. What the hell is the point of that? Make the fans feel like they are world champions? No other sport does that, not the NFL, not the NBA....you can't get fake Stanley Cups.

I also fail to see the point in the replica belts and agree with Jones, actually...they are idiotic.
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The jerseys are an extremely poor analogy. It'd be more like dudes walking around with replica championship rings talking about initialing it or something. I bet if you walked up to Kobe Bryant with a fake championship ring he'd be like "Man wtf, take that shit off."

I think it is kind of weird that the UFC would sell fake belts. What the hell is the point of that? Make the fans feel like they are world champions? No other sport does that, not the NFL, not the NBA....you can't get fake Stanley Cups.

I also fail to see the point in the replica belts and agree with Jones, actually...they are idiotic.
so what you actually agree he shouldnt sign something? its not like he goes i earned this belt with as much hard work as you jon now sign it, maybe little kids want the belts who knows maybe there for fun thats irrelevant jon jones is just an asshole especially something petty like this.
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The jerseys are an extremely poor analogy. It'd be more like dudes walking around with replica championship rings talking about initialing it or something. I bet if you walked up to Kobe Bryant with a fake championship ring he'd be like "Man wtf, take that shit off."

I think it is kind of weird that the UFC would sell fake belts. What the hell is the point of that? Make the fans feel like they are world champions? No other sport does that, not the NFL, not the NBA....you can't get fake Stanley Cups.

I also fail to see the point in the replica belts and agree with Jones, actually...they are idiotic.
A little unwanted similarity to pro wrestling
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so what you actually agree he shouldnt sign something? its not like he goes i earned this belt with as much hard work as you jon now sign it, maybe little kids want the belts who knows maybe there for fun thats irrelevant jon jones is just an asshole especially something petty like this.
He obviously doesn't like the belts. So he doesn't sign them. It really is as simple as that. The dude signs shirts, autographs, books, whatever...just don't bring one of those ridiculous belts to him.

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Exactly, dude, now that I think of it, I can see why Jones feels slighted by that shit. All the other mainstream sports have luxurious and exclusive hardware for their hard work and dedication, sparkling rings that not just some average Joe can even get a replica of(although if you are affiliated with the team you can)....the UFC gives out belts of presumably gold, then goes and makes a bunch of fake ones to give out like it's a damn WWE show. It makes them and him look a bit like a joke to be honest. It looks ****ing silly. Everyone walking around the UFC LHW champion like they are ******* tying to be Hulk Hogan.


Man I hate this type of shit. Literally is a constant reminder of our attitude in society where you don't have to actually be the best, or even good. You can come in last ******* place and pretend you are the shit because everyone gets a trophy, yours is just a little lighter or a little smaller but looks exactly the same. And it's always, "Oh it's for the little kids man, it'll make him feel good about himself"...no wonder I'm always hearing about how old people say kids these days have a sense of entitlement....they do.

And again the UFC manages to share another similarity with the WWE. Oh joy.

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That may be JBJ's weakness rite there.

He's too attached to the belt.

Gold fever.

The belt is just an accessory, bro.
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