With the most recent defense of his title, Jon Jones is starting to pop up in GOAT arguments and other "best of all time" conversations. While it might be a little soon to start crowning Jones the greatest of anything yet, there is no denying, despite peoples vein attempts, that he is quickly collecting the wins needed to be given said titles.
With his success Jones has been faced with a large group of people who choose to dislike him for one reason or another. As i go through a news article about Jones i can see anything from a valid argument to plain ole hate. Being a Sonnen fan i have picked up my sword and shield many-a-time to defend Sonnen so i know what the Jones fans are going through. Granted Sonnen tends to give some major ammo for haters to shoot, but there is still some silly things out there. Personally i dislike Jones and the purpose of writing this piece is to see where my dislike stands, Is it blind hate, or logical?
Before i move on let it be known that while i dislike Jones i don't believe he is overrated or any of the other silly reasons people find to dislike him. My dislike for Jones started in the Hammill fight when he started to throw 12-6 elbows and earned himself the first and only loss of his career. At first he stated that he deserved the loss and that he would rebound. So i wrote it off as a fighter who made a mistake and he will learn. However, as he started to make his way through the rankings and started to face stiffer competition i noticed that he tends to use questionable tactics in the cage.
In the Shogun fight Jones griped Rua around the forehead and was dangerously close to his eyes. While it is a legal move to grasp someone around the mouth there is no reason for Jones to have grabbed Shogun around the forehead and risking the eye pokes. At one point in this fight he elbows Shogun in the throat two times and had his forearm or elbow been on Shogun's chin when he tried, then yeah he missed and hit the throat, but that was not the case. Jones was trying to get distance and was pushing on the throat and when Rua would not let go he elbowed him.
Now moving on to the Rampage fight Jones kept his fingers in Jackson's face and a number of times in his eyes. At one point Rampage looked at the referee in order to get Jones to stop extending his fingers in Jackson's face. This was a tactic that he also used in the Machida fight. I would chalk it up to trying to maintain distance, but Jones keeps his fingers fully extended while in someones face shows that he does not care about a possible eye poke. It is a dirty move that he uses to maintain distance and the danger to the other fighters sight shows lack of respect on his part.. Many will argue it is a sport where you are trying to hurt the other person, but very few MMA fighters wish to cause permanent damage to the other.
The last major tactic he uses which i consider questionable is a legal technique so i cannot say he is breaking the rules, but i still consider this to be dirty. The technique in question is a front kick to the knee. In the opening round of the Evans fight Jones attempted a jumping front kick/stomp on Rashad's lead leg. The reason i consider this technique dirty is because it serves no other purpose but to hyper extend the joint and cause major damage. I have taught this technique and have also been kicked by it and the only way this technique can cause any meaningful damage is if it hyper extends the joint and tears it to pieces. Jones tried this a number of times on Rua who was coming off his third knee surgery. It is dangerous and also disgusting to use such a career ending technique on another professional fighter. To me it points to Jones feeling he needs to cause a major injury to the fighter because his skills cannot do the job. Now he isn't the only fighter that uses this as Condit tried to use it a number of times against Rory Macdonald, and of course the terrifying gif that shows Keith Jardene nearly have his knee blown out by Brandon Vera.
Jones has a wide range of skills and dirty tactics like eye poking and knee smashing are not needed yet he still uses them. I dislike Jones because of his lack of in cage respect for the other fighters career. Now i am no fool and know he cannot care for the guys well being as he needs to do some damage, but to throw things that can cause major, and in some cases, career ending damage is just disgusting. I don't care about how he carries himself during interviews because the guy is young and is still trying to get his media legs under him. I am roughly the same age as him and at this point in life we are still trying to find out who we are, so expect him to act a little odd or "fake" om times. A lot of how he acts is him trying to be like head trainer Greg Jackson and until he realizes he is a little cocky and runs with it he will keep coming off as odd and fake. I take issue with some of his actions in the cage, now with my piece said i ask can we all get past the blind hate and look for logical reasons?