It would have been so easy for Jon Jones (pictured) to thumb out a tweet or issue an Instagram when Daniel Cormier put him on blast after capturing Jones’ vacant UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday. Cormier couldn’t have set his archenemy up any better to return fire.
Numerous fans were sitting in front of their computers with their Twitter pages open expecting to hear from Jones after Cormier spit arguably the most drop-the-mic post-fight speech in UFC history with, “Joe Rogan, no disrespect to you or the 16,000 people in this arena, but I have a message for one man – Jon Jones, get your s**t together. I’m waiting for you!”
However, the UFC’s 205-pound GOAT refused to be goaded. Or, Jones’ PR team did him the biggest favor by confiscating his Internet access.
For the first time since March 2011, someone other than Jones was donning the UFC light heavyweight belt. There’s no doubt Jones was angrily sitting on his couch watching Cormier submit Anthony Johnson to capture his crown. Make no mistake about it, while Cormier might be the division’s current title holder, Jones is the champion until somebody defeats him for the belt.
Nobody has beaten Jones except himself (I’m erasing the Matt Hamill bout from my memory bank, as should you), and he’s doing a masterful job at it. Which leads us to why Cormier was able to become the UFC light heavyweight champ just one fight removed from getting utterly embarrassed by Jones nearly five months ago.
“Bones” made another bonehead decision that resulted in a felony hit-and-run arrest where a pregnant motorist suffered a broken arm. Hello, stripped title and temporary suspension.
Jones’ personal life has been in a tailspin since becoming the youngest champion in UFC history at just 23. That the public knows of, there’s been a DWI arrest, cocaine, marijuana and now the hit-and-run. His setbacks have cost him countless fans and hundreds of thousands in endorsement deals.
Jones admitted he’s got some “soul searching” to do after his latest blunder.
Could you imagine the uproar Jones would have created had he bit on Cormier’s bait when he clearly has bigger fish to fry? Jones would have unknowingly admitted to the planet that he still just doesn’t get it.
Oh, and forget about the rage Jones would have caused if he posted a tweet then deleted it (which he is notorious for doing). The MMA world probably would have erupted in flames had that happened.
Thankfully for Jones, he took the PR-friendly route and remained radio silent on the social media front, something he’s smartly done since his latest arrest.
For the first time in a long time, Jones made the right decision. I guess that’s a start.