Despite all the shenanigans that he has been through, be it the hit and run melee or the doping issues, one can’t help but accept that Jon “Bones” Jones is, arguably, the most gifted fighter to ever step foot in the Octagon.
Jones now prepares to make his comeback to the Octagon after facing a 15 months ban from the USADA. And to make sure his comeback isn’t as he wants it to be, standing in front of him will be Jones’ nemesis, Alexander Gustafsson.
Despite chasing his arch rival Daniel Cormier for the double gold, when it’s all said and done, Jones’ isn’t necessarily adamant on chasing the GOAT title. What matters to him more is being remembered as a “bad motherf*cker”.
Showing a lot of rationality in his arguments during a recent media call for UFC 232, Jones accepted the objectivity of the GOAT argument. He went on to say that the argument is always discussion driven rather than being based on a fighter’s overall resume.
No, I don’t think being considered the best — I don’t think one fight makes you, one fight doesn’t make my career. It’s the journey, it’s not about one fight. I feel like there will always be a debate about who is the best, whoever is the best is whoever is hot at the current moment. I feel like MMA fans are very quick to forget a lot of peoples’ accomplishments.
Jones’ brought out some of the names while were once considered actively in the GOAT conversation, but have their value dwindled by unfortunate losses.
For example, Anderson Silva is not even considered to be in the conversation anymore as the GOAT, which is a shame because he’s done so much for our sport. Jose Aldo, these guys have been kicking ass for years, they’ve done so much for our sport and then one defeat, and now they’re not the best any more.
I understand that the conversation will always just be an opinion and I’ve just got to focus on the things that I can control, which is preparing myself the best that I can for each fight and making sure my hand is raised at the end of the day.
So the next obvious question: if not the GOAT status, what drives “Bones” towards fighting? It’s simple: being remembered as the fighter who put everything on the line. Jones further went to describe what he feels are the responsibilities of a champion.
What is my legacy? What would I want it to be? Let’s see here, just being a bad motherf*cker at the end of the day. Just a bad dude, man. Am I perfect? No. Am I a Christian who swears? Yes. Do I love God? Yes. Do I love my family? Yes. Am I bad motherf*cker in that ring? Yes
That’s it, man. One thing I’m realizing is, being the champion, you don’t have to wear a suit everyday, you don’t have to be politically correct and have all the kids look up to you and say that you’re such an angel. Who said that’s what a champion has to be?