This past March, Jon Jones became the youngest champion in company history when he beat Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to capture the light heavyweight crown at UFC 128. Now 24, “Bones” is set to make his first title defense when he meets Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Pictured) at UFC 135.
While it appears all the chips have fallen right into place for Jones, Rampage claims that’s a good thing because the youngster wouldn’t know what to do if they didn’t. Similarly to when Jones posted the only blemish on his resume when he unleashed illegal north-south elbows on Matt Hamill in December 2009.
“Jon Jones has had everything in his career go right for him,” Rampage wrote in his blog for Yahoo! Sports. “The one time he got a little frustrated, with Hamill, he used an illegal technique that any fan in the stands could have told him was illegal, but he said he didn’t know he couldn’t do that.
“He just don’t know what to do when things aren’t going his way. He couldn’t finish Hamill, so instead of trying something else he cheated and got disqualified.”
Whether Jones panicked during his four minutes and 14 seconds in the Octagon with the now-retired Hamill is up for debate. However, Rampage brought up a first-hand example of what a flustered Jones looks like.
“He’s a kid who’s had it his own way, and the little bit of time he’s not had it exactly how he wants it, he’s sulked and pouted,” Rampage added. “Same thing at the press conference to announce this fight – I was having fun, joking around, selling the fight but I was giving him props! I was being respectful saying he was the future of the sport and how I like his style and all, but then he started pouting.
“Why he pout? Because the media people weren’t laughing at his jokes. So he got a sore booty because they were laughing at my jokes, not his. Jon Jones will have a very sore booty at UFC 135 when I kick it all over the Octagon.”
Their 205-pound championship affair goes down next Saturday (September 24th) inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.