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  • 08-20-2012, 04:13 PM
    Cat--Smasher

    After DWI arrest, UFC champ Jon Jones 'kept the faith' for potential Nike deal

    After DWI arrest, UFC champ Jon Jones 'kept the faith' for potential Nike deal | MMAjunkie.com

    The Nike deal means a lot to me," Jones told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com). "It symbolizes something that I have been picturing forever. I preach about the law of attraction all the time and how if you focus on something and you apply yourself, if you do all the necessary steps and believe in it wholeheartedly, it can come to you.

    "When I first joined this sport, I had a goal to be a UFC champion, and I had a goal to be sponsored by Nike. It's always been a goal of mine."

    Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who faces Dan Henderson (29-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC) on Sept. 1 at UFC 151 in Las Vegas, is the first MMA fighter with a global Nike deal. As a testament to the growing popularity of MMA, it was entertainment mogul Ari Emanuel, the co-CEO of talent agency William Morris Endeavor, who first arranged a meeting between Jones, his manager, Malki Kawa, and Nike executives.

    "Ari Emanuel is the real deal," UFC President Dana White said. "When he makes phone calls, things happen."

    Nike officials have yet to officially announce the multiyear deal, which had been rumored for several months and is expected to include a signature clothing line. There was speculation that Jones' July conviction on a misdemeanor DWI charge might scrap the deal, but the fighter known as "Bones" said Nike's decision to stick with him through his first career hurdle spoke volumes.

    "Everybody said it wouldn't be possible, especially after me getting into my first controversial situation," Jones said. "I just kept the faith, and I kept pushing forward. I kept a positive outlook, and it happened."

    Jones joins an exclusive group of athletes recognized as the best in their sport, and he'll be featured alongside superstars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tiger Woods, among others.

    While the UFC champion is pleased with what the honor means for his career, he also hopes the deal is ultimately recognized as a turning point for all of his sport's athletes.

    "It's definitely a magnificent thing — but not only for me," Jones said. "It's huge for me to be the first mixed martial artist to be placed alongside the names of LeBron and Kobe and Michael Jordan. Nike-endorsed athletes are the elite of the elite. But it's huge for everybody. It lets all the Fortune 500 companies know that it's OK to invest in MMA.

    "If a fighter has exciting fights and he's marketable, now he can set his goal on Nike. Now it's more feasible, and my message to all the other fighters is, 'If I can do it, you can do it, too.' Goals that seem far-fetched, they're all in reality attainable."
  • 08-19-2012, 02:36 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    Quote Originally Posted by rampage9712 View Post


    I find that hard to believe. We need to see something other than what comes out of Helwani's mouth.
    Sonnen & Kenny also commented on it during the last episode of UFC Tonight: UFC Tonight [08-14-2012] Video | FightVideoMMA - Mixed Martial Arts Videos, MMA Fight Videos, MMA News, MMA Shows, Video Clips... |

    Another interesting note from the show was Sonnen saying he thinks Lombard might get into trouble over his recent comments about the back injury. Sonnen states if Lombard's injury was as serious as he claims, he would have had a duty to report it to the ASC and failure to report is punished by a fine and possible suspension.

    And as expected, Sonnen continued to run his mouth towards Jones.
  • 08-17-2012, 09:31 PM
    Kimbo> Rampage
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    Yup, I am sure he does have a few... But, has Leben ever said he was a great role model for youth?

    Leben has admitted he has problems and has repeatedly apologized... And no he did not start out his apology letter with ... "Dear Haters,"

    Have you ever seen me on these forums stick up for Leben's dumb ass actions (eg. getting busted for DUI)?









    On another note... Looks like Jones ground breaking deal is ground breaking because he traded the sponsorship for peanuts (according to Helwani):

    Helwani: I heard Jones deal with Nike is worth $20k per year



    Helwani: I heard Jones deal with Nike is worth $20k per year - Mixed Martial Arts News

    Live Show Mon Aug 13 2012on The MMA Hour - live streaming video powered by Livestream
    I just found it odd that a diehard Chris Leban fan would come down so hard on Jones for his DUI.


    I find that hard to believe. We need to see something other than what comes out of Helwani's mouth.
  • 08-17-2012, 05:02 PM
    AnchorPunch
    weird... i wonder if that's part of why he's ufc sponsored as well. maybe the ufc is covering the difference to give nike a taste and help build the industry?
  • 08-17-2012, 04:06 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Quote Originally Posted by rampage9712 View Post
    Way to take the high ground cat...

    How many DUI's does Leban have now?

    Leban probably has more DUI's on his record than Tito has injuries...
    Yup, I am sure he does have a few... But, has Leben ever said he was a great role model for youth?

    Leben has admitted he has problems and has repeatedly apologized... And no he did not start out his apology letter with ... "Dear Haters,"

    Have you ever seen me on these forums stick up for Leben's dumb ass actions (eg. getting busted for DUI)?









    On another note... Looks like Jones ground breaking deal is ground breaking because he traded the sponsorship for peanuts (according to Helwani):

    Helwani: I heard Jones deal with Nike is worth $20k per year

    On this week's The MMA Hour, Ariel Helwani reported an utterly baffling figure about Jon Jones' deal with Nike. According to Helwani's source, Jones is not getting Anderson Silva money from Nike, he's getting McDonald's money - not sponsorship from McDonalds, but burger flipping at McDonalds money.

    "Congratulations to Jon Jones for signing that big deal with Nike," said Helwani. "According to Dana White he will be dressed in Nike from head to toe. Come September 1st, he will be wearing Nike, inside the Octagon...

    "He is not the first guy, to have the swoosh on him in a fight of course. Anderson Silva was representing Nike when he fought Chael Sonnen. But this is a different kind of deal.

    "This is a global deal. This is the first North American fighter to be sponsored by Nike
    terms of the deal haven't been disclosed just yet

    "What I heard from one source, just one, was that it was a one year deal worth $20,000. That's what I heard, but I have not been able to confirm that with multiple sources. One source very close to Jon, by the way, I should say. It's not like it's just source your know out of the blue."
    Helwani: I heard Jones deal with Nike is worth $20k per year - Mixed Martial Arts News

    Live Show Mon Aug 13 2012on The MMA Hour - live streaming video powered by Livestream
  • 08-10-2012, 12:45 AM
    Thamob
    My simple thing forgive for the first time. He does it again then crucify him. I'm not saying DUI is not wrong or that I am an advocate for video game driving (trying to keep the car between the lines) but understand that most have done it once or twice before when we were younger but we've grown up....... well most of us. I am not mentioning any names. The guy's a kid and still has a lot of growing up to do.
  • 08-10-2012, 12:15 AM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by rampage9712 View Post
    Way to take the high ground cat...

    How many DUI's does Leban have now?

    Leban probably has more DUI's on his record than Tito has injuries...
    Way to take the high road.... Rampage.

    Was Leben ever drunk enough to crash into a pole? Don't think so.

    Jones was obviously drunk enough to not be able to drive in a straight line.
  • 08-09-2012, 11:21 PM
    Buffalo Soldier
    Quote Originally Posted by disposableassassin View Post
    Well my point is still my point. Even if I didn't realize the time of jones' accident. I am more so pointing out my issue with a statement like what's the big deal nobody got hurt. Here's one more relatable to this incident. What if it was your daughter in the car with him. Even if she came out without a scratch just look at that car and tell me you would be ok with it just because she didn't get killed.
    That picture of "a" Bentley is not Jon's after his crash. Jon's hardly had any damage, the pole he hit was more fucked up than the car. Not trying to lighten the dui situation, but that just dui it pic is misleading.
  • 08-09-2012, 11:07 PM
    Black
    Just DUI it!
  • 08-09-2012, 10:45 PM
    disposableassassin
    Quote Originally Posted by rampage9712 View Post
    Way to take the high ground cat...

    How many DUI's does Leban have now?

    Leban probably has more DUI's on his record than Tito has injuries...
    Rampage y u be trollin?
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