It’s apparent that UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones (20-1) has lost his share of fans as of late. He was scheduled to face off with Daniel Cormier (15-0) in what was to be a heated title affair. However that match-up will be put on the shelf for a few months due to an injury sustained by Jones.
Jones’s title reign started when the young upstart dethroned the Pride legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua but after many defenses the superstar’s confidence got bigger and bigger. Now his fans turned critics seem to blame his ego into why they no longer stand by the former national JUCO wrestling champion.
Longtime UFC Commentator Joe Rogan disagrees with the ideal and has formed some opinions of his own. Rogan expressed his views on why the fans have turned their back in his most recent podcast.
“I don’t know why Jon is not more loved or popular than he is,” said Rogan as transcribed by MMAFighting. “I don’t understand it. In my opinion, I will never miss a Jon Jones f—ing pay-per-view. I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, he’s cocky. He’s this and…’ I wonder what the f— is going on with that and I’m going to throw this out there, I’m just going to say it: I wonder how much of it is racism. I really do.”
“You know why? Because I think they look at him as this cocky black guy and I think a lot of people have an issue with that. I think that if he was a white guy and he was doing the same thing, a la a Chael Sonnen, I think he would be way more popular. Chael was never the successful athlete that Jon is, but I think Chael was way more successful as a promoter than Jon is. Jon has not been nearly as cocky or outwardly braggadocious as Chael was.”
“I just always found it odd when everybody would get upset at him and say that they didn’t like that ‘he’s cocky.’ He’s 25 and he’s the UFC’s light heavyweight champion. He’s the youngest ever UFC champion. He destroyed Shogun to win the title and I mean destroyed. He threw a flying knee and hit Shogun in the chin five seconds into their fight. I mean,Jon Jones is a motherf—er. He’s a motherf—er, but for whatever reason people have had an issue with that. I know I’m going to get a bunch of hate tweets. ‘F— you and your f—ing bulls—. What do you got? White guilt? Calling out racism?’
“I’m probably going to get an equal amount from ‘the Aryan race,’ mad at me for defending Jon Jones, ‘The cocky negro.’ I really think there’s something to that. I think people want a guy who is so physically gifted and young and brash and black and rich, they want him to have more humility or fake humility, as it were. I think Jon’s trying that a little bit and that’s one of the reasons Daniel Cormier was like, ‘You are so fake.’ Cormier was saying that to him because I think he’s trying to counteract how people feel about him.”
What do you think? Is Rogan right? Or is he just trying to sensationalize the possible fact that Jones is unpopular because he’s not charismatic?