Jon Jones: 5 Reasons Why People Hate the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
UFC Light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones is one of the most talked about mixed martial arts fighters in the world but despite his incredible accomplishments, not all of this talk is positive.
In fact, Jon Jones actually earns quite a bit of ire from fans across the Internet.
How or why could a man who is so inspiring and purportedly so humble be hated? Here are the five reasons why people might hate the current UFC light heavyweight champion (might because I don't really know why since I don't hate him; the list is speculative as to why his detractors feel the way they do).
He Beat or Is Going to Fight Their Favorite Fighter
Many MMA fans have a favorite fighter and live vicariously through them. It is possible that many people hate Jon Jones because he destroyed or is set to destroy their favorite fighter.
Stephan Bonnar and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua are fan favorites and Jones managed to destroy them effortlessly. Jones is also set to take on a popular fighter in Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135.
Maybe these fans cannot root for Jones because he smashed the dreams of their favorite fighter(s)?
They Are Jealous of Him
This is the most speculative and sordid of all the reasons to hate Jon Jones but it still remains a possible source of the Jon Jones hate spewed on forums.
People may see Jon Jones, his accomplishments, and his young age and become jealous of his success.
Why would they be jealous? Delving into the anti-Jon Jones psychology would be far too boring suffice to say that maybe people feel regret they didn't train earlier in their lives or wrestle or have certain opportunities. Jon Jones might represent that ugly "what if" that follows miserable people to their death beds.
He Is Pious
If people don't like anything it's being preached to or just preachy characters in general. Jon Jones is sort of a preachy character in his own sense; he even sports a large tattoo referring to a bible verse, Philippians 4:13.
The verse reads "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."
Jones also constantly thanks god and Christ in his interviews. Maybe this piety angers fans?
He Lacks Personality
Some people have criticized Jon Jones by saying that he really doesn't have a lot of personality outside of his whole humble/religious shtick.
Maybe people don't want to see him win because they feel he is drab and not a powerful enough character to carry the marketability of the division that many believe is and was the UFC's most popular and iconic?
He "Pretends" to Be Humble
The most widespread criticism of Jon Jones is the champion's fabled humility is no more than an act. They believe Jones may have been humble in the beginning but his ego is swiftly becoming too large for his own good.
Proponents of this belief cite Jones' signing his autographs as "UFC Champion" before actually defeating Shogun for the belt as well as a recent interview in which Jones said he hates UFC belts sold at toy stores because it diminishes the value of his own belt which he had to work long and hard for.
Nothing turns people off more than an egomaniac who denies it. This reason, combined with the other reasons (in part or in whole) on this list may well contribute to making Jon Jones one of the UFC's most disliked fighters who may or may not deserve it.