Just as the UFC president Dana White was coming back around on his opinion of Jon Jones, the young champ looks to embrace his role as the new company heel in place of the recently retired Tito Ortiz. Jones did not mince words in his latest interview with The Associated Press on the topic of his UFC employers.
“I had to do what’s right for myself by turning down that fight, Dana had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself,” Jones said by phone Wednesday. “The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family.”
Jones and White have yet to talk since the public bashing done by White, yet Jones feels that their relationship is strengthening going forward, now that he knows how the organization works. The champ also takes another swipe at the UFC, pointing out that they were the ones to learn a hard lesson in the cancellation of UFC 151, insinuating that they won’t likely cheat the fans again with a top heavy card.
“I think in the future, this can make me and Dana even better off,” Jones said. “For him to get out how he felt about me in that situation, it will help me look at things more business-oriented. A lot of good can come out of it. Fighters can learn the lesson of doing what’s best for themselves and not feeling like puppets. I think the UFC has learned a lesson of making sure they stay loyal to the fans and give them full cards.”
Regardless, the moral majority does in fact blame Jones, as he looks to continually receiving vitriol online, and likely going forward at events.
“I’ve been dealing with a lot of controversy,” Jones said. “A lot of insults right now.”
“People tell me, ‘You’re the champ, you’ve got to take the fight,'” he said. “Being the champ wasn’t given to me.
“I don’t owe anybody anything.”