Jon Jones Reveals Why He Thinks MMA Fighters Are Not Supported Nationally

Published 01/14/2021, 10:29 PM EST
INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones celebrates his KO victory over Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Jon Jones frequently takes to Twitter to answer questions directed towards him by his fans. The former light heavyweight champion did the same a few hours back. 

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A fan Tweeted that he felt American fighters are not supported nationally as other nation’s fighters are. Jones stated that the reason for the same is that in the United States there is a plethora of larger-than-life athletes who are famous worldwide. Whereas in other countries there are a handful of such athletes. 

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In response to his statement, a fan replied. “I love you Jon, but this is straight up bs lmao. There are more sports in the world than basketball and American football”

To which Jones replied, “I know that comment can be a little insulting, but it’s just true. Most countries have like two megastar That’s known around the world. (American Flag) is over run by stars. I’ve never been to another country that didn’t enjoy American music. We are world leaders.”

The NBA and NFL have been around for ages. During the course of their existence, they have seen legends such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant among others. This has also resulted in the sport’s growth and has made it popular in other countries. 

Whereas, the UFC has been around for a little over two decades now. Which, in comparison to the NBA and NFL, is not a long time at all. Though the UFC has been growing and the fighters have been gaining significant recognition, MMA as a sport is still way behind the likes of Basketball and Football in the United States. 

Will a title at heavyweight cement Jon Jones’ status as the undisputed GOAT?

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The ‘GOAT’ debate is something that might never reach a conclusive end. Every fighter in the conversation makes an excellent case for being considered the ‘GOAT’ and Jon Jones is the front runner for this conversation. 

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones looks on during a Light Heavyweight titlebout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

His achievements at light heavyweight and his record is something that no one has come close to. He holds a host of achievements at 205-pounds and has beaten multiple hall of fame fighters one after another. 

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If he is able to move up to heavyweight and secure a belt, he will not only add his name to an exclusive group of fighters to have won belts in two divisions, but also cement his place as the ‘GOAT’ of MMA. 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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