Jon Jones – A Villain That Is Loved And Loathed
Let’s be honest, Jon Jones is a different breed all together. The guy is the youngest UFC champion in history, has a resume of victories that includes the likes of Shogun, Rampage, Machida and Cormier and is blessed with pretty much every attribute you could wish a UFC fighter to have.
‘Bones’ is s guy that divides opinion, he’s been found guilty of a hit and run, failed a drugs test and stripped of his UFC title. We SHOULD dislike the guy, and many do, he’s the example of fighter that has all the gifts in the world yet seems intent on self-sabotage.
However, speak to the majority of UFC fans, and despite his faults, Jones is loved. He’s the bad ass that wins fights whilst doing coke and partying two weeks prior. The guy that hardly trains, but will go into the octagon and sleep a black belt in Jiu Jitsu like Lyoto Machida (favourite submission win of all time by the way). The guy that is the polar opposite to Daniel Cormier.
Maybe that’s why he’s so loved, because what he represents is the opposite to Cormier. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Cormier, respect him as a fighter and in general he seems a good guy but he doesn’t bring the same allure to the Octagon as Jones. DC isn’t the kind of fighter that’s going to start a title fight off with a flying knee (Jones against Shogun), he’s a former Olympic wrestler and that’s always going to be his style, highlight knockouts…. not so much.
Then there’s the fact that Jones never lost his title, in the eyes of many he’s the best fighter on the planet and quite possibly the greatest of all time. When you think of the light heavyweight division in the UFC, you think of Jones, not Cormier.
This upcoming fight against DC is much more than just a rematch. Jones is looking at this as his opportunity for redemption, an opportunity to close a chapter on this dark patch within his career. If Jones can win, he can move on, put DC behind him and focus on new goals, perhaps a move to heavyweight.
We don’t know what Jon Jones will return to the octagon in just over a week, but we do know that he is fully embracing his heel character and in turn, the fans are embracing him for this. The only thing standing between Jones becoming the unquestioned greatest UFC fighter of all time is himself.