Although light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones could set a new record for title defenses tonight at UFC 165, and despite the fact he is the promotion’s #1 pound-for-pound fighter, the 26 year-old star isn’t everyone’s favourite. If you watched the weigh-ins yesterday in Toronto, Ontario, then you saw that “Bones” wasn’t exactly greeted warmly by many of the fans in attendance.
So why does Jones have his fair share of detractors? A man who has defeated four former champs, and really, has never been defeated? (Yes, yes, he has a DQ loss on his record). In a recent story from Britain’s Telegraph , UFC boss man Dana White attempted to tackle that question.
“Fighters are what they are,” says White. “Jon Jones comes off as a heel because people don’t like him. For whatever reason people don’t like him, you know….”
“There’s plenty of black fighters,” White added, while dismissing the argument it might be racism. “People loved Rampage. People love Anderson. I don’t think it’s a black or a white thing. I think its something about his personality that people don’t like.”
Not surprisingly, White also heaped praise on Jones in the story, and noted that if “he continues the path that he’s on, he’s gonna break tons of records and he’s gonna possibly go down as the greatest ever.” Hard to argue with that.
First things first, however, is Alexander Gustafsson. Could “The Mauler” drop jaws throughout the world tonight Chris Weidman style?
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