During this afternoon’s phone press conference. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones said about fans who refer to him as fake, “…you sound like a girl.”
Jones said that after the UFC 151 was cancelled, the company showed their true colors by turning on him, which was evident by the recent promotional materials used from when the mic was still hot as he assumed they were off the air.
“When I saw it right away, I didn’t think it was a great promotional piece, I was surprised that they used it. As an athlete, as a Christian and I’m far from perfect. I made a conscious effort not to swear in my interviews and that hot mic to come out, it was kind of a relief because I am a Christian and for the people I try to inspire and tell him I’d kill him if he spit in my face. It was a hit to my image but a relief as well,” said Jones, about not having to live up to his former persona.
In regards to to the girl comment, Jones was asked if he embraced being villainized by MMA fans.
“No one wants to be the bad guy. Man, I really do inspire and touch people as a Martial Artists. Then I look at people who write me negative messages on Twitter and they are just dumb. They call me fake. I’m a grown man, who cares if I’m fake? I’m here to win fights, not win you over with my personality. You can’t call me work ethic fake and what I’ve achieved fake. You sound like a girl by calling me fake,” said the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Jon Jones will face Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on January 3, 2015
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