Originally Posted by joeodd2
Hendo made comments with the sole purpose of demeaning Jones and gaining support from his detractors, otherwise why even mention it? No Hendo does not respect Jones or want to be his freind, he wants to beat him and take the belt. So Jones should also want to beat him and keep his title. It's as simple as that. Trying to figure out who the "real" Jon Jones is, is in and off it'self pointless. He's a guy on TV who fights, that all most of us will ever really know about the guy. You may like him or dislike him, but I have a feeling that he's going to remain successful throughout his career. Even if he does lose one day, I think he would bounce back and win a rematch with who ever beats him. And those who thinks a loss will make him more "humble" I hope you're wrong and remains who he wants to be. Maybe it's just my personality, to go against the majority when it comes to personality issues.
And I won't lie, when I hear White People or any race talking about a black man losing so that he can be "humbled", that does bother me a little bit. I know it's not a skin color thing for most fans, but it does draw images of Jack Johnson and other fighters who people wanted to see lose and "humbles", so that they would "know their place". So many fans are just unaware of that history with Black Athletes, and many just don't care. And that's fine, but to me Jones is a unique talent with a style no one else has. I want to see him succeed and and infuriate his critics. I would root for him no matter what color he was, but I do admit to rooting just a bit harder because he shares that intimate history with so many Black Athletes that have come before him.
If I recall Henderson was asked about it, and he simply answered the question. It's not that big a deal really, he just talks a lot lately in a way tht I think hurts his image... On top of the DUI.
I for one have never even considered Jon jones race. He's not a black athlete to me, he's just an athlete...