While fanboys worldwide can’t stop yapping about how ridiculously awesome future UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Jon Jones could be, the humble 23-year-old has whipped out his earmuffs because he ain’t trying to hear the hoopla.
“The hype thing, I kind of wish it would all go away,” Jones told MMAFighting.com. “I feel like I’m just a guy who has a job and I’m good at it, but I didn’t ask for all the hype or to be the next big thing. I’m just trying to go out there and do what I love doing.”
“Bones” is a chiseled specimen that brings a unique – perhaps unmatched – combination of speed, strength, skill, athleticism and length that make it difficult not to anoint him the next coming. In addition to his diversified arsenal, an infectious Kool-Aid smile always comes in tow. So it’s hard not to like the grounded youngster.
“It’s weird though, because I’m saying that I never asked for it, but I do want to be the best and I’m aware that this is going to come with it, so what do you do?,” Jones rhetorically asked. “You just realize it’s part of the game, try to be yourself, and remember that you’re not anything until you’re the champion.”
Jones stakes claim to a dominant 10-1 record and his resume says eight of his wins have come by way of devastating finish. He enters Sunday’s contest a heavy 6-to-1 favorite to leave the San Diego Sports Arena with another landslide victory. Despite his torrid tear down the G.O.A.T. path, and all the hoopla that has latched onto the bandwagon, Jones still has his earmuffs securely fastened.