Dear Jon,

Who are you, Jon? Without question you are the most skilled and dominant fighter in the sport today and arguably the greatest fighter to ever step into the Octagon, but come on, man. Your performance against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 was masterful. You outwrestled a dominant two-time Olympian and you decisively won a hard fought bout against a dangerous challenger. But rather than taking the high road after the bout, you acted like a petty and classless child.

Honestly, I didn’t expect you two to hug it out after the fight, but this was your chance to really take the high road and send a message to the fans. There was no reason whatsoever to act the way you did during the post fight interview.

I get that you don’t like Cormier, but at the end of the day, after a hard fought bout, the least you could have done was show some respect and thank him for pushing you to become a better fighter. Your performance at UFC 182 on Saturday was arguably the best performance of your career and that bout cemented your legacy as an all time great.

When you came into the sport you were so humble and likeable; what happened to that Jon Jones? Now every time you open your mouth, you become more dislikable. This bad guy routine you are trying to pull off just isn’t working and it makes you silly. You may not be the humble nice guy who we first met in the UFC, but you certainly aren’t this guy either.

If you continue with this facade, it will ultimately hurt your legacy and how you are remembered by the fans. Do you really want to be remembered as a talented, but aloof fighter? Or, do you want to be something more?

You are only 27 years old and you are just now entering the prime of your career, but you have a lot of work to do on that damaged image of yours. I don’t expect, nor do I want you to be the most likeable guy in the world, I just want to see the real you…not this fake, ever-changing persona you put out there.

You’ve proved time and time again in the octagon that you are real deal, but yet you refuse to show us the real you. I think it’s time we meet the real Jon Jones.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.