‘Haters Usually Attack From Behind’- Jon Jones Shares Candid Views on his Detractors

Published 05/27/2021, 11:07 PM EDT
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)


Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took to social media and conducted a fan Q&A on Twitter. Chiefly, this is the second time this week that ‘Bones’ has reached out to his fans. Jon Jones has a massive profile in MMA and fans want to know what he’s up to in his life and career.

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While responding to a couple of fans’ sentiments on haters and detractors, Jon Jones had an interesting take on the matter. Jones has been a polarizing figure for the latter half of his career, and this has brought forth many detractors. However, he has clearly gotten used to being judged and scrutinized.

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Right from failed drug tests to a hit-and-run accident, Jones has taken the heat for several transgressions in his career. While the aforementioned incidents seem to be a thing of the past, they haven’t truly been removed from his career narrative. Based on Jones’ tweets on his detractors though, it appears that he uses them as fuel to chase greatness.

What’s next for Jon Jones?

Bones’ hasn’t competed under the bright lights of the UFC since February 2020. In the 15 months since UFC 247, the entire landscape of the sport has changed, but Jones still hasn’t returned to fight. Many fans would have assumed that after relinquishing his belt last year, Jones would have made his heavyweight bow.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones in his fight against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

However, Jones’ battles over contract negotiations with the UFC brass from 2020 have continued well into 2021. A fight against Francis Ngannou, which seemed like a lock at one point, is now a conversation of the past. Consequently, the UFC has moved past Jones and is looking to book Derrick Lewis against Francis Ngannou.

Things aren’t all bleak for Jones and his camp as he’s recently acquired new management that could turn things around. News recently broke that Jones parted ways with First Round Management and signed famed boxing promoter Richard Schaefer. Given Jones’ shift in gears towards his negotiation efforts, fans of ‘Bones’ can look forward to witnessing his return.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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