Jon Jones: This Idealistic UFC Champ Has the Soul of a Slam Poet

Roland Riso@retrorolandContributor IApril 18, 2011

Jon Jones: This Idealistic UFC Champ Has the Soul of a Slam Poet

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    The newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, has made an indelible impact on the sport of MMA, since his initial debut in 2008.  Outside of his lone loss, he’s undoubtedly defeated his opponents with such skill, precision and unpredictability.

    At such a young age, Jones has not only been impressive in the octagon, but has also publicly displayed an inspiring wisdom, maturity and sincere demeanor, in each and every interview.

    While making his way to the Tonight Show With Jay Leno, the Champ spoke with such a charming and confident eloquence, earning him an unofficial ambassadorial position for the UFC and mixed martial arts.

    Wise beyond his years, his quotes are idealistic and profound, leaving every viewer and listener with a quiet peacefulness and positive repercussion, abstracting lessons from Zen, Taoism, Perfectionism and Objectivism.  As each word flows effortlessly, his natural iambic pentameter instills an undeniable rhythm and groove.

    Take a look at the champ’s words and verbiage, as he speaks on success, family, spirituality, fighting and more.

On Family

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  Mixed martial artist Jon Jones (L) and his girlfriend Jessie Moses arrive at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort December 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Eth
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    “I have my family with me every day now.  I realize that for me, that’s what makes me work.  They are what I fight for.  You can have everything in the world.  But if you don’t have people who love you, then it’s worth nothing.”

    “I’m 23.  I have children, I have payments, pressure, expectation.  I’m a role model.  I know there’s too many men that has way more on their plate than I do.  My life is gonna change.  I know it for a fact.  I don’t really care about fame.  Being normal is very fun for me.”

    “If I didn’t have a girlfriend, children, I would probably be way more sidetracked.  There’s all types of ways you can be pulled aside in this day and age.  But having people to report to, people to love and people to want to make it for other than yourself, would drive you way farther than anything else.”

Spirituality & God

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    “Spirituality is what makes a man do the right thing when no one is looking.  To know someone is watching you when no one else is watching you, I think it’s an important thing to have.” 

    “Considering she was a light, and she was my only sister.  It was tough for me.  Despite all the questions that I’ve had, I’ve never given up on God and I’ve never given up on my faith.”

    “I feel as if I now have hard work on my side, dedication, blessings and karma.”

On Fighting

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (R-L) Jon Jones connects with a right punch on Jake O'Brein during their light heavyweight bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated O'Brein by second round tapout.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
    Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

    “How will teaching someone how to fight give them discipline, respect?  And now I realize that it gives you tons of discipline and respect.  It teaches you how to treat people, treat your fellow man and brother.”

    “Fighting from your core is just the smartest way to fight.”

    “Tension and effort actually creates more hesitation.”

    “I want to be like an Anderson Silva with amazing wrestling.  I wanna be a GSP with amazing striking.  I wanna have it all.”

On Fighting Shogun

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    “For some reason going into this fight, I have no fear.  I have nerves because of the level of the importance of the fight.  But as far as fear of Shogun, there’s a calm that I have that is interesting to me.  I’ve humanized him to the point where I feel as if I can do what I’ve done in my other past fights.  Just go out there and take him out.

    “I think I’ll be a major breath of fresh air that he just can’t handle.”

    “I’m from a long, long, long family tree of people who pray and believe in their prayers.  So, I knew that I would have a lot of support and a lot of positive energy going my way.  It felt good.  I could even feel it in the crowd tonight.  When I came out, to get a louder cheer than such a legend was an honor.”

On Hard Work

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    “I’m fighting the biggest fight of my life.  If I wasn’t meant to be here, then I wouldn’t be here.  No one wrote the book on what it takes to be on the top of a sport.  All this hype and all this attention that’s surrounding me, it makes me want to strive to keep it going.”

     “I feel as if I started all over again.  Like a baby trying to learn how to walk, just with an adult mind.  I don’t want to make any mistakes at this point.  I wanna really embrace what it is.”

    “This is not a sport where you can just be sharp around the border at any time.  It’s like climbing the ladder that you can never get to the top of.  And that’s what wakes me up in the morning, trying to get as close to perfection as possible.  In the sport of MMA, there is no perfection.“

    “You can never know it all in mixed martial arts.  It’s like a ladder that you never get to the top of.”

On Success

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    “When you want it bad enough and you train for it bad enough, you don’t have to chase your dreams.  When you work hard, your dreams almost chase you.”

    “Our biggest fear, is not that we’re inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.  Which means…don’t be afraid of success.”

    “This is what I dreamed about and this dream is real.  It’s scary that when a big dream that seems unreal is staring at you dead in your face. “

Words of Wisdom

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    “I feel as though I have a lot of techniques in my head because of how passionate I am about this sport, and the rest is from God.  God gave me style.”

    “There’s nothing wrong with having butterflies, as long as you can get them to fly in formation.”

    “Awareness is key and knowledge is power”

His Destiny & Legacy

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    “I just want to be remembered as a person who set the pace, who set the tone for his own destiny.  Despite where you come from, what you been through, failures you had, you can be great, starting tomorrow.”

    “People who know what they want, the universe has a way of clearing a path for them.  When you want something bad enough, it’s gonna happen for you.  You can almost manifest your own destiny, by always focusing on it.   Almost like the law of attraction.” 

    “If you really know what you want, the chances of you finding it is so much more strong.  It’s almost as if it would just come falling right in your lap.  But if you don’t know what you’re looking for, how do you find what you don’t know.”

    “I can’t be too satisfied.  You know the greats like (Muhammad) Ali and Bruce Lee, those guys changed the world.  It would be nice to be remembered as something other than a great fighter, so I think I have a lot more work to do and I’m just gonna keep gunning and never be satisfied.”


    Roland Riso is also a contributing writer for Bleacher Report.  All quotes were obtained from and, from direct footage of Jon Jones.


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