With every obstacle UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones overcomes inside the Octagon, the hatred for the promotion’s youngest champion continues to grow. Given his many successes inside the Octagon, some hatred is expected, since hating successful people has become the norm.
Unlike others who have come before him, Jones hasn’t been involved in any scandals or major controversies, making the hatred for him even more interesting.
“He’s just too arrogant,” seems to be a recurring theme among Jones’ critics, even though he has been the poster boy of humility.
Jones suffered his first loss against Matt Hamill at the “Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale,” getting disqualified for throwing 12-6 elbows. Jones handed Hamill the beating of his life, and Matt was already done before the illegal elbow, but the win was awarded to the TUF alumni.
Lesser men would have griped about the unfairness of the decision, but Jones accepted the first loss of his career without complaint, with the type of grace you wouldn’t expect from a (then) 22 year old.
With excuses to hate Jones slowly dwindling down, critics are now starting to grab at straws. Some are now saying Jones behaved unprofessionally after putting Lyoto Machida to sleep at UFC 140. Jones finished the fight with a standing guillotine, letting go as soon as the referee stopped the fight.
Some critics feel Jones should have been gentler with Machida, as if soothing your opponent with a lullaby and gently placing them on the canvas is the norm in the UFC.
Those same critics don’t seem to have a problem with the fact the UFC kept showing replays of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira getting his arm broken by Frank Mir, something most professional sports don’t do. Considered one of the more brutal sports in the country, the NFL typically doesn’t show the replay of a big hit, if the victim suffers a serious injury from it.
Yet, the controversy coming out of UFC 140 is the so-called classless, phantom throw, Jones snuck in at the end of the fight. I hate to say it, but the kid could probably cure AIDS and cancer at the same time, and the hatred for Jones would still continue.
It’s more about the deep rooted illness we suffer from as a society, and less about the behavior of Jon Jones.