Jon Jones Believes The UFC Pushes Ronda Rousey More Than They Do Him

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones signed with the UFC in 2008 and with a 6 – 0 record. His first fight in the brand was in August of that year at UFC 87 and with the match Jones stood his first win senior circuit; a unanimous decision victory over Andre Gusmao.  

The win capped off a remarkable year for Jones and one that saw him take seven victories in six different promotions and all in a mere five months. Further, he did it all as a novice fighter that had literally just taken up the sport of MMA. In short, Jones blew threw everything that was put in his way and has, for the most part, continued unencumbered down the path toward  seizing his current light-heavyweight title.

At 26 years old and 19 – 1* (DQ from referee Steve Mazzagatti in one of the worst calls in the history of the UFC) in the promotion and a six time defending champion, Jon Jones is everything that the promotion could ask for and more, and resultantly, should probably be the face of the brand. However, that’s not the case; at least not as Jones sees it.

As Bones stated in an interview with Bloody Elbow, he feels that the brand isn’t “pushing” him as much as they could and that instead, the franchise appears to favor or push, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. As to why this might be the case, the champ puts it down to (his) not always being a company man.

As Jones put it:

“We don’t always see eye to eye with the UFC, so I don’t know if they are always necessarily pushing me and whether that’s a smart idea on their end or not, who knows? I do know that they are pushing Ronda Rousey really hard, and she’s gotten a lot of great opportunities. I don’t know what they’re going to do, but I’m pushing myself all the time so, I’m not really worried.

I know that I’m a lot different from some of the guys from the past. Guys like Chuck Liddell, and guys like Matt Hughes that would just get up and do anything, anytime, and never voice their opinion. I’m trying to change a lot of things in the game. Making sure the fighters are being respected, making sure our own brands are being respected, things like that. We just don’t always see eye to eye on everything, either way it works out.”

As to whether or not Jones is a company many is probably a question of one’s point-of-view.

To some and possibly even UFC President Dana White, Jones might come across as a prima donna and a fighter that worries too much about his record, and one that’s been unwilling to take every fight put in front of him. Of course and most famously, Jones turned down a fight with Chael Sonnen for UFC 151. Subsequent to that, the event was canceled (a promotion first) and many, including White, blamed Jones for the cancelation. Of course Jones and his fans saw the situation differently, that Jones had turned the fight down because Sonnen didn’t deserve the title shot.

Of course the other POV on Jones is that he’s simply the best fighter that many have ever seen. He has defeated champion after champion and rarely even been bested in a round, and what some view as ego, his fans let pass as nothing more than confidence.

Regarding the brand pushing Rousey over Jones, the argument might be made. However and the truth be told, the bulk of that which has flowed Rousey’s way has been due to her own hard work and nothing more. The movie roles that have been offered to her have been exactly that, offered to her and by third parties, and not handed to her by the promotion. On this point, Jones would have no case. Further, as Jones has his own deals with companies like Nike and Gatorade, he really doesn’t have much to complain about.

On this subject, fans are probably apt to think that the champ is doing more than well financially speaking, both in and out of the UFC, and as such, Jones should just be happy for Rousey and the success that she’s achieved. 


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    February 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Please Glover, put the crybaby to sleep.

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    February 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Or maybe its because your the biggest douche champion the UFC has. Great fighter but man stop opening your mouth.

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    GianGiacommo G

    February 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Trasnlation- I no longer wish to be treated like a " piece of meat" signed- yours truly Jonny No Bones!

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    February 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    The UFC tried extremely hard to push Jon Jones. They put him in a commercial, sponsored him, even helped him project his fake image… None of it worked. Ronda Rousey does work. She gets a ton of attention for the UFC. Like any business deal, you don't invest money in something that you don't think will give you any return.

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    big dunfey

    February 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I think all the champs should be pushed. If u don't wanna be pushed than don't be champ.

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    February 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Yup. Here's why:

    1) She's more appealing to the UFC's stated "target demographic" of males age 18-34. Don't think that needs an explanation.

    2) She hasn't caused any major black eyes for the company, like Jones did with his DUI.

    3) She's unique in that she's the only women's champion. Jones is one of nine male champions.

    4) She has more crossover appeal. (Acting, Olympics, etc.)

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    February 13, 2014 at 12:47 am

    You gellin' bro?

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    February 13, 2014 at 1:27 am

    It is good to see Jones comparing himself with Ronda.

    Birds of a feather fcuk together!

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    February 13, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Hate to break it to you Jon but turning down fights because you're scared you might lose isn't honorable or worthy of a champion. Power is like a liquor and little Jonnny's drunk for the first time. At least Ronda will fight anyone anywhere. Still don't like her attitude though.

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    February 13, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Bones is feeling like Barbara Hershey to Rowdy's Bette Midler…

    (Yes I refered to Beaches…LOL)

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    February 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I would also push her more : )

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