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Is 'Bones' Jones too cocky?

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10:46 AM ET 03.19 | Jon "Bones" Jones has all the tools to become the youngest UFC champion in history. But the 23-year-old's cockiness could be his downfall. The Douce has been talking to tons of fight fans from all over North America in the days leading up to UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey. I've asked all of them who they like in the title fight between Jones and light heavyweight champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. And so far only a few have picked Shogun, and they were all of Brazilian heritage. It seems just about everyone believes this fight is basically a gimme for the young phenom.

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March 19, 2011  11:07 AM ET

No reason to have a weak attitude when going into a fight. Confidence is half the battle.

March 19, 2011  01:16 PM ET

Leave it to the Toronto Sun... have they even watched anything about Jones? He isn't cocky, he is confident in his skills, and he works as hard as anyone else. He's doing well and he is working hard at it... he deserves to be confident and not wishy washy when it comes to the fact that he can and will take the title.

March 19, 2011  03:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Leave it to the Toronto Sun... have they even watched anything about Jones? He isn't cocky, he is confident in his skills, and he works as hard as anyone else. He's doing well and he is working hard at it... he deserves to be confident and not wishy washy when it comes to the fact that he can and will take the title.

word up brother
can't wait for the fight!

March 20, 2011  11:35 AM ET

And here we are today... Jonny Bones Jones, Champion 2011. Amazing.

March 20, 2011  05:40 PM ET

you need 2 have the confidence to go along with the talent, right penn?

March 20, 2011  11:12 PM ET

In my 8 years of following the UFC, I've never seen such a dominant performance as I did on Saturday night. Shogun is a very good fighter, but Jones outclassed him in every way. He was definitely on a different level. I don't see this kid losing in the next few years.

March 21, 2011  10:17 AM ET

It's not cocky if you back it up. At that point it becomes fact. He did everything he said he was going to do. He signed autographs all week as 2011 champion. He backed it up. Evans should have gone to the MW or HW divisions. If he got geeked fighting Machida, Bones is going to all but kill him.

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March 21, 2011  12:33 PM ET

cocky maybe? ....confident absolutely!.

If you walk in an MMA right and you are not confident in your fighting ability, you should not be in there.

I watched it ....He dominated that fight from start to finish. Period.

March 21, 2011  05:00 PM ET

With Jones now patrolling the LH division, the odds of Silva trying to go up for competition just got less likely.

March 21, 2011  09:57 PM ET

his confidence is so amazing and in a good way

March 22, 2011  08:37 AM ET

All you need in MMA/UFC is a little skills......then you are automatically ahead of the pack......I swear some of these guys look like backyard brawlers.........

March 22, 2011  12:43 PM ET

He sure beat the living **** out of Rua. Shogun did nothing the whole time except take a beating...it was that dominant.
Jones is not cocky...he's 23 and instantly in the same group as GSP and Silva as fighters without any real challengers.

I really don't see any light-heavyweight out there that would beat Jones, let alone last to the 4th round.

Rashad Evans didn't look too thrilled to be the first challenger...and I don't think it has anything to do with them being 'friends'. I wouldn't be surprised if Evans comes up with another "illness" or "injury". Jones would kill him.

March 22, 2011  12:47 PM ET

Do you even know what you're talking about? It seems pretty obvious you don't.

Who exactly have you seen that is a backyard brawler with little skills?

Maybe you should stick to the soccer forums...

March 22, 2011  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#60):

All you need in MMA/UFC is a little skills......then you are automatically ahead of the pack......I swear some of these guys look like backyard brawlers.........

...The above should have had this quote with it. I don't know why that didn't work.

March 22, 2011  02:43 PM ET

Confucius say "Man with hand in pocket feel cocky all day"

March 22, 2011  03:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#60):

All you need in MMA/UFC is a little skills......then you are automatically ahead of the pack......I swear some of these guys look like backyard brawlers.........

Little skills?? What sport are you watching, boxing?

March 23, 2011  10:44 AM ET
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He sure beat the living **** out of Rua. Shogun did nothing the whole time except take a beating...it was that dominant.Jones is not cocky...he's 23 and instantly in the same group as GSP and Silva as fighters without any real challengers.I really don't see any light-heavyweight out there that would beat Jones, let alone last to the 4th round.Rashad Evans didn't look too thrilled to be the first challenger...and I don't think it has anything to do with them being 'friends'. I wouldn't be surprised if Evans comes up with another "illness" or "injury". Jones would kill him.

i doubt Rashad will back out, but it doesn't look good for him. Jones is just so much bigger than the competition, most LHW are aroudn 6-1 with 75 in. reach. Jones is 6-4 and 84 in reach, Rua looked like a different weight class next to him. Only guy I see having a good shot at beating him is actually Phil Davis. 4-0 in UFC, not as big a disadvantage in size and very good wrestling to counter Jones' striking.

March 23, 2011  01:27 PM ET

the man has great confidence, and you need a little bit of cockiness to go with it...

 
March 23, 2011  02:35 PM ET

GSP will hand him his ****.

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