Jon Jones' Response To What He Would Change In The UFC Is Ridiculous
Jon Jones once said the one thing he would change about UFC is he would stop the promotion selling replica belts.
The Light Heavyweight Champion has often been accused of lacking in maturity and it shone through in an interview with sports blog With Leather back in 2011.
Per Bloody Elbow, the 32-year-old responded to the question of what he would change with:
"It's a silly one. I would get rid of the replica belts."
When prompted to to explain if he meant the ones sold at live events, Jones retorted:
"Yeah. I hate it when people come up to me with a belt that looks exactly like mine and they ask me to sign it.
"I worked three times a day for three years to get this [light heavyweight championship] belt, and now this guy asking me for an autograph has one just like it. Are you serious? I mean it's not as heavy, but it looks just the same."
Interviewer Josh Zerkle explained he saw no problem with the replica belts but Jones sharply responded with: "I never sign those belts."
It's unknown if Jones has changed his stance in the nine years since the interview but it just shows how controversial he can be.
Jones' opinion is not shared by some of his fellow fighters, who suggested much more serious fixes for the promotion.
He's managed to remain a mainstay in the UFC for the last nine years and there's been rumours he may make the jump to heavyweight.
He'll be defending his lightweight title at UFC 247 on 8th February against Dominick Reyes.
Jones has previously teased the idea of a potential move up to 265 pounds, but UFC president Dana White believes that 'Bones' is "comfortable at light heavyweight."
The UFC chief told ESPN: "I don't know about him going to heavyweight, I think he's comfortable at light heavyweight, and every time that you think there's not another challenger for Jon Jones, there's another challenger for Jon Jones.
"I don't know, we'll have to see how this thing plays out.
"He has to get through Dominick Reyes first before you even start thinking about heavyweight or anything else."
It'll be his first fight since his split decision victory over Thiago Santos at UFC 239 last July.