One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

This, of course, according to the legendary Bob Marley, and also the hope of Jon Jones.

As “Could You Be Loved” by the aforementioned Marley rang through the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night while Jones pranced his way to the cage, the irony was just as loud.

The song, essentially a joyous cry for peace, left many wondering about the musical selection. At first thought, using a song about peace as a fight anthem doesn’t make sense. After all, a fighter’s walkout song is nothing more than a glorified and personalized battle call, right? Peace and fighting unquestionably don’t go hand in hand.

However, Jones likely wasn’t using it as a battle call at all. He even quipped at the post-fight press conference that the rationale behind his choice was that you can’t boo while Bob Marley is playing. That may be true, but the song choice likely resonates a little bit deeper than what he’s willing to admit.

The last five months of the champ’s life have been well documented and anything but spectacular. It started with his now infamous DWI, and he only fell further from grace when UFC 151 was canceled because the 25-year-old champ declined a fight with Chael Sonnen.

Once cheered by fans, Jones was met with a chorus of boos and chants of “Jon Jones sucks” at weigh-ins on Friday afternoon in Toronto, no doubt due to his actions since his fight with former teammate Rashad Evans. For all the virtues and the athletic prowess he was blessed with, thick skin may be the only thing the enigmatic fighter lacks.

Rather than a battle call, consider the walkout song to be Jones’ own cry for peace. A peace offering of sorts to the fans.

“The road of life is rocky and you may stumble too, so while you point your fingers, someone else is judging you,” Marley sings in the song, a line that seems penned specifically for the champ.

The theme of last week seemed to be that Jones has learned from his mistakes and has grown as a man. We learned that he is in fact human as, in the first round, Vitor Belfort nearly submitted the man many considered unbeatable. We learned that Jones can take a punch and that he does have heart. Only time will tell if he actually learned anything outside of the cage.

The late, great Marley continues, “They say only the fittest of the fittest shall survive. Stay alive!” Jones has proven to be physically fit. Hopefully his mind catches up soon, because as soon as it does, Jones will likely find himself loved once again.

Photo: Jon Jones (James Law/Heavy MMA)

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Paige Berger

Relatively new to the sport of MMA, Paige is a life long athlete. She attended the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y., where she was a pioneer member of the women's ice hockey program. She also excelled in softball and soccer before deciding to focus on hockey. Born and raised in New York, she is an avid Yankees fan. Currently residing in Las Vegas, a move she made after falling in love with MMA while training at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., she is currently studying public relations and advertising at UNLV.