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It’s Time For Jon Jones To Choose A Side

It’s Time For Jon Jones To Choose A Side

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Jon Jones successfully defended his UFC light heavyweight championship for a seventh time at UFC 172 on Saturday night defeating Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision. What’s next for Jones seems a likely rematch with Alexander Gustafsson later on this year.

We reported yesterday that Jones made a post on his Instagram account two days taunting UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, who had predicted that Teixeira would defeat Jones. On the same Instagram account, Jones posted a video of the Phil Davis vs Anthony Johnson fight from Saturday, shaking his head and put in text, “Crumble me like a cookie?”

That was in reference to Davis making that comment to Jones during the UFC 172 media call last week. “Bones” then posted another video on his Instagram mocking them for the criticism of his eye pokes of Teixeira. The champion subsequently deleted the video from his account, but the video did surface on You Tube.

Jones often says he wants to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time. Right now, I feel that the Mount Rushmore of MMA is Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre and Fedor Emelianenko. Is Jones on his way there? He absolutely is, as he is 20-1, which is from being disqualified throwing throwing 12 to 6 elbows to Matt Hamill at The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 Finale in December of 2009.

The New York native became the youngest champion in UFC history when he defeated Shogun Rua at UFC 128. He’s beaten the best the UFC has to offer by defending his title against the likes of Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. Those guys are all former UFC champions.

You cannot deny what Jones has done inside the octagon, but without a shadow of a doubt you can criticize him for what he has done outside of it. Jones was arrested in May of 2012 for DWI, when he crashed his car into a pole.

Jones likes to control the narrative and doesn’t like to judged for anything he does. He often will be critical to fans and his fellow fighters like the Tyson Griffin incident last month and then quickly deletes the comments. “Bones” and his team like to tell anyone who will listen that he wants to be a trendsetter and break down barriers for the sport.

How does one do that? Getting a DWI that could have killed not yourself and the people in the car with you or someone else? Mocking fighters and fans who are critical of you and then deleting the evidence? Chose to not fight an opponent and force your employer to cancel a show?

You have never seen Silva, St-Pierre, Emelianenko act like that outside the cage? Being great in a sport means that you have to be great in your chosen sport and outside the sport.

Jones wants his cake and to eat as well. In this world, that isn’t possible. Their is nothing wrong with wearing the black hat. Look how successful Floyd Mayweather has been in wearing that hat? He went from “Pretty Boy Floyd” to “Money Mayweather” and has stuck to his guns.

Jon Jones, it is time for you to pick your hat and your piece of cake.

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About Steve Muehlhausen

Steven is the site editor for Between The Ropes. He was a featured UFC columnist for Bleacher Report and a writer for MMASucka.com. Steven was also the host of the MMA show "The Fight Club Chicago" which aired for three years at various websites. You can email Steve at stevemuehlhausen@yahoo.com.

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