What I find more annoying than anything jones actually does is the assumption that anyone who doesn't love him must automatically hate him, or that any criticism must come from a hater.
Personally, I find the dilution/misinterpretation of the phrase pound-for-pound an issue I comment on the most, but that's a desire for accuracy when using a term that predated MMA by decades. It has little to do with Jones himself, just like it had little to do with Anderson back in the day. It certainly doesn't mean I hate the guy.
If you don't think he's dirty simply because "he's just using his reach," look at two of the most dominant fighters in the game who also sported reach advantages throughout their careers: How many times did Anderson or Georges eye poke their opponents?
But he's not the only dirty fighter in the game, by any means, and some fans have a higher tolerance for that shit than I do.
I'd also point out that simply because a move is legal doesn't mean it isn't dirty. Again, review the outrage Anderson fans had when Weidman intentionally knee-checked Silva. He wasn't intending to break the leg, but he knew it would hurt him. There were many, many fans who felt that was a "dirty" move.
I think being warned after the eyepoke and continuing to do it was dirty. Intentional or not, if you're repeating fouls, you're dirty, at least in my opinion. It was dirty when Chuck did it, it's dirty when Jones did it, and it'll be dirty for the next fighter to do it, particularly after a warning.By no means do i think Jones is intentionally poking people in the eyes, because THAT would make him a dirty fighter.
I get that some people love jones. I get that some people hate jones. I'd assume that he has more fans than actual haters. But I wouldn't use the cheers he got in Baltimore as an accurate gauge of how much he's "loved" anymore than I'd say that any criticism of him is coming from a "hater."
But I can't fault jones entirely, if he's allowed to do it, he's clearly going to keep doing it; so much of the problem lies in the refs.
Again, I'd love to see a complete overhaul of officiating in MMA, and one of the aspects I'd stress would be that fighters who repeat fouls wouldn't get the leeway of a verbal warning for every new fight. If a fighter is known for kneeing people in the balls, the ref should have a discussion with him before the first bell: "Look, you're known for kneeing balls. I'm not having that in my cage. This is your verbal warning. If you strike him low, I'm taking a point, right off the bat."
It sucks, but you can't pin all that shit on jones. He's going to do it until it's no longer advantageous, that's the nature of the game.