By Rich Davie@RichDavieSeptember 28, 2011
First off... I'm a fan of Jon "Bones" Jones and I'm not in the camp of those who are "butthurt" because fans don't like Jon "Bones" Jones, I'm perplexed at the never ending stream of creative and invalid excuses to dislike him.
The writing is and has been on the wall for quite a while now... and with the progression of his career and challenges put before him, there's always a new set of reasons to dislike him even though he meets and exceeds those challenges in a highly professional and respectful manner.
First it was "who has Jones fought ?"
Then it was “Vera is gonna be more than he can handle.”
Then it was “Matyushenko is gonna give him the best challenge to date.”
Then many claimed that Bader was right on par with Jones and would give him a challenge.
Then he went up against what many MMA fans were and are calling the G.O.A.T. of the LHWs in Shogun Rua, and Jones totally destroyed him… but that win was dismissed because “Rua wasn't 100% healthy, coming off of a long layoff, and he had ring rust.”
Then it was, “Well... he's not a champ yet because he hasn't defended his title.”
Now that he very easily defended his title against Rampage with a 4th round RNC submission, there appears to be more reasons than ever to dislike the guy... now added to the list of reasons are his "tactics" or "antics" in his last fight.
He not cocky, he's confident... in his fight against Rampage he showed Rampage a lesson from virtually every page in his book of game plans, including the bizarre crab-walk in the opening round of the fight... and when questioned about the maneuver in the post-fight interview by Rogan, Jones explained his reason for that maneuver.
He's certainly not tactless... that title is owned by Lesnar.
He's never disrespected an opponent in the octagon in the manner that Anderson Silva has.
He's not cocky or disrespectful... that's the definition of fighters like Lesnar, Bisping, Mayhem Miller, Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen and many U.K. fighters.
So all of the reasons for the Jones hate are invalid in my opinion, and no matter what Jones does in regard to exceeding the challenges put before him in a highly professional and respectful manner, it's obvious that those who choose to dislike him are using nothing more than excuses to validate their position... because now that he's not only destroyed Shogun Rua and defended his title against Rampage, the current prevailing argument in the minds of those who seek reasons to validate their dislike of Jones is... that in order for Jones to validate himself there is a list of fighters that he "has to beat" before he receives his just due.
Even if and when that occurs, the validation is not gonna happen at that point either because as I said above... in the minds of Jones' detractors there will be another set of excuses and reasons that he doesn't deserve respect.
Like him or not, it's just as Joe Rogan stated; "Jon "Bones" Jones is perhaps the greatest talent MMA has ever seen."
...and like my buddy James Ryan says :
If you don't like my opinion, I have others... (that you probably won't agree with either).