UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1) has accomplished more than most 25-year-olds will accomplish in their lifetimes. However, as the champ’s success has grown, so has his heaving mass of haters, chipping and tweeting away at his public image. Jones figures he has riled some of MMA’s most loyal fanbases with consecutive wins over, Shogun Rua, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort. But as he said on today’s UFC 159 conference call, the haters don’t bother him – and they always eat their words. See the full call here.
“I’m the new guy, so of course people want to see the new guy lose to the guy’s they’ve been loving for years. When I beat people’s heroes, back-to-back-to-back, I don’t think it sits very well … I’m comfortable with it. When I come home to a beautiful house and my family being happy, it makes it all worth it. So, people can hate me as much as they want, my family’s happy, I have the best job in the world and they’re watching the fights. And they’re like free advertisements; they talk about me all day, they can’t stop tweeting me or thinking about me, so it’s like free advertisements for me … I try to focus on the people who love me, but sometimes I find myself skimming through my Twitter, just to see who’s hating on me for that day. It motivates me, it definitely motivates me. It’s funny, because I get harrassed every fight and then, after the fight, all those guys go away, they eat all their words.”
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