Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones reacts to beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been the public goat of the UFC 151 cancellation since refusing to face Chael Sonnen on 8 days notice. UFC president Dana White made no bones about laying the blame on Jones and his head trainer Greg Jackson.
Jones is resisting the villain's role however, telling MMA Weekly he's "the nicest guy ever" in a recent interview.
"I am not going to say I embraced the role of being a villain because I am not. I am not a villain; I am not a bad person. I pride myself off of inspiring others. For all the people that think I am cocky, it's like if you really listen to what I talk about, if you talk to me about fighting you may hear something that is a little arrogant because, right now, I train so hard to not even get hit, let alone talk about rousing a fight. So it is like I love this sport so much, I own it to myself to think of myself in the highest regard, so I am not going to apologize if I am a little full of myself when it comes to MMA.
"I am the nicest person ever to everyone who has ever met me. I'm the nicest person to people. Every day I walk into Jackson's gym and I hand out boxes of equipment. I order stuff all the time for my teammates and just give it out. I just give it to people. I am like the nicest person ever."
Jones is facing Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 on September 22 in Toronto, Canada.