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Friday, Sep 21, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Time For Jones to Shut the Critics Up

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones

By Joshua Molina

We’re here.
Jon Jones once again steps into the cage.

His opponent is an outmatched Vitor Belfort, but hey, his opponent doesn’t really matter at this point.

Jon Jones is the star here and it is his moment.

Unfortunately, we will probably never see Jones fight Dan Henderson, which was the original plan for earlier in the month.
Unless Belfort mysteriously disappears between now and Saturday night, we will probably never see Jones fight “The American Gangster” Chael Sonnen either.

Jones can shut everybody up with a win Saturday night. But let’s hope it’s not too easy for him.

Jones needs a wake-up call.

He needs to be humbled.

He doesn’t need to lose to a much-weaker opponent, but it wouldn’t hurt if he was shaken up a bit.

Fighters and people only get better through adversity. Jones needs to remember – or learn – that nobody is invincible in anything.

If you were to script Saturday’s UFC 152, you’d hope that Belfort knocks Jones down early. This would force Jones to man up and fight back.

Can he do it? We don’t know.

Say what you will about Jake Shields’ style of fighting, but we know he’s A Man. How many fighters have come back after getting destroyed by a Dan Henderson right hand? Shields did what Fedor, Renato Sobral, Rafael Feijao Calvacante and Mauricio Shogun Rua couldn’t.

Jones needs to survive one of those moments. He needs to show us that he’s as good as Anderson Silva, who came back from a beating to tap out Chael Sonnen in their first fight.

Let’s hope it doesn’t take a knockout loss for Jones to realize he’s human.

He’s too good to self-destruct this early.

Ronda Rousey continues to run from a Cyborg Santos fight. Here’s what she said on MMA Uncensored Live.

“I just don’t understand where her sense of entitlement is coming from. She hasn’t fought in like two years — and won a fight that’s really counted. If this happened to a man — think about this — if this was the men’s division, and it was someone who hadn’t recorded a win in two years, then had their title stripped from them because they were caught cheating, would you expect them to come back from their suspension and be like, ‘ I want the biggest title fight out there, with all the considerations that I want. And, if not given to me, it’s because they’re running from me.’ You know? I just don’t see where she thinks she deserves to get every single thing that she wants, when she’s pretty much been exposed as a fraud.”

Wonder if UFC boss Dana White would tell Rousey “You are either a fighter or your not,” like he did Jones for not wanting to fight Sonnen

posted by JoshuaM @ 3:32 pm
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