Jon Jones: A Champion Should Be A ‘Bad Motherf***er’ And Not An ‘Angel’
Jon Jones is without question one of the most controversial fighters in MMA and he’s seemingly totally fine with that tag.
Jones will return to the UFC Octagon on Dec. 29 when he takes on Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 for an interim UFC light heavyweight championship. Having won the unified title once and an interim title previously, Jones is just one win away from being a three-time world champion and a legacy defining accomplishment.
Securing a third world title isn’t what will define his career though according to the main himself. Speaking on the UFC 232 conference call last night, Jones explained exactly how he wants people to remember him.
“What about my legacy? What do I want it to be? Hmm, let me see here,” Jones said thoughtfully. “I just want to be [known as] a bad motherf***er at the end of the day. Just a bad dude.
“Am I perfect? No. Am I a tough guy? Yes. Do I love my family? Yes. Am I a bad motherf***er in that ring? Yes. That’s it man.”
According to Jones, being a champion isn’t about being a role model and setting an example. Instead it’s about winning fights and proving to the world you’re the baddest man on the planet.
“One thing I’m realising is that being a champion, you don’t have to wear a suit every day, you don’t have to be politically correct and have all the kids look up to because you’re such an angel.
“Who said that was what a champion has to be? A champion is a guy who goes out there after being cut in the first round of a fight, gets taken down for the first time ever, fighting with one eye shut halfway through the fight. A champion is someone who gets armbarred and then finishes Vitor Belfort with one arm. Dude that’s a champion to me – a bad motherf***er. That’s what I want my legacy to be. Call me a good person, call me a bad person, call me a hypocrite, call me whatever you want. I’m a bad dude and that’s what a champion is to me. The baddest dude with the biggest heart and the biggest balls and that’s me.”
Listen to the full press conference back here: