Although Jon Jones captured Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s light heavyweight crown in highlight reel fashion, Dana White claims the fight has only just begun for the 23-year-old. According to the UFC president, the race is officially on to see who can secure the best spot aboard “Bones’” bandwagon, and seats are selling out quickly.
“It’s part of the business. It’s part of any business when somebody becomes big and becomes popular. I guarantee you he’s out there right now and there’s people glomming onto him as we speak.”
A professional athlete’s entourage can often drastically influence the lifestyle that they lead. With the spotlight now squarely on Jones, it’s understandable the youngster will want to reach out for help at some point. White simply wants to ensure his latest superstar is shaking hands with the right peeps.
“There’s cling-ons all over this room right now, I’m sure, waiting to just [expletive] barnacle right onto him. He’s going to have to make a lot of choices over the next couple of years; personally, professionally.
“He’s in for a very wild, weird, crazy ride right now.”
Greg Jackson handles most of Jones’ training affairs, while Malki Kawa of First Round Management takes care of the business side. Whoever Jones chooses to interact with outside from there will be up to him.
“He seems like a guy who’s grounded enough and has the right people around him to handle it and go the right direction, but you never know,” White said in closing. “You never know what’s going to happen, man.”
Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history on Saturday night.