Jon Jones is the pompous UFC light heavyweight champ, a corporate shill and the man responsible for the first canceled event in UFC's modern era.
Harsh? Certainly, but the 25-year-old who will attempt to defend his title against Chael Sonnen on Saturday at UFC 159 at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, said he knows that's how he's viewed by a good portion of the sport's fan base.
"I was pretending a lot," a candid Jones said this week. "I was trying to be super articulate when I was talking and clean-cut. I wanted to be the perfect guy to be sponsored by Nike, the perfect guy to be the poster boy for the UFC. A lot of people read right through that."
Jones said that manufactured image has changed because of two events: His stint as a coach on "The Ultimate Fighter" and last year's driving while intoxicated arrest in Binghamton, NY.
"I got the DWI and people got to see, 'All right, Jon Jones got so drunk he crashed into a pole.' " Jones said. "They got to see I can be an idiot at t...