Jon Jones: A Look at the Young Champ's Biggest Career Miscues
Jon Jones is a certified star. Nobody can dispute that, and I don't think anybody will ever try and dispute that.
However, like most guys who have jumped into the limelight, Jon Jones has made some mistakes in his career that have hurt his image. Sure, he's not a bad guy, but the negatives seem to outweigh the positives in most cases.
Here are the biggest career miscues of Jon Jones' young career.
Jones Drops Lyoto Machida Flat on His Face
It was bad enough that Jon Jones was already being called out for being cocky and two-faced behind the scenes, but UFC 140 vilified Jones even more. This is especially true because most fans were still on his side at this point.
After choking Lyoto Machida unconscious from a standing position, Jones dropped Machida flat on his face. Though this wouldn't be a big deal in most cases, his select actions in the Quinton Jackson fight, the cockiness and emerging arrogance made Jones look bad at this moment.
Even worse, Greg Jackson wanted Jones to check on Machida "to gain more fans." That is a telling sign.
Jones Turns Down Sonnen Fight, UFC 151 Cancelled
UFC 151 was supposed to be Jon Jones' fourth title defense against Dan Henderson, but when Henderson went down with an injury, a replacement was sought to salvage the card.
A lot of guys were called to step up, but only Chael Sonnen was willing to answer the call. Jones would turn down the fight under the advice of his coach Greg Jackson.
It single-handedly killed the card, allowing UFC 151 to be the only card ever cancelled. A lot of people lost out on paydays because of him and fans were deprived of a night of fights.
Jones Drives into a Pole, Earns Himself a DWI
Showing his new found fortune, Jon Jones decided to buy a Bentley. Unfortunately, that Bentley was driven into a pole in the early morning in May of this year, earning the champion a DWI.
He pleaded guilty and owned up to the charges, but the damage to his reputation was done. This is just another case of Jones' growing ego getting the best of him.
Jones Compares Himself to Jesus, Generally Gets Too Big of a Head
In general, as Rashad Evans has insisted, Jon Jones has developed a big head. Fans don't appreciate it, and that's why he has become an enemy of many fans.
At one point, Jones compared himself to Jesus. That is literally one of the most arrogant things a person can do.
All of these "miscues" have led to the negative feelings toward Jones.
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