A new nickname chosen for Jon Jones?
What else can be written about UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones and the legacy he is creating in the sport of mixed martial arts?
Many considered Jones the future of MMA. With such a heavy title thrown upon him, he needs only one thing – a new nickname.
That’s right, a new nickname – one that reflects his fighting spirit and the person he has become inside and outside the cage.
Jones – the brother of Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones – got the nickname “Bones” in high school while playing football.
“I was a football player that couldn’t catch," he said. "I couldn’t throw but I was really tall and skinny. They put me on the defensive line with these huge shoulder pads and really big helmet. When you look at my upper body I looked like a really big guy, but I had these little chicken legs coming out of the uniform. So everyone start calling me ‘Bones’ and my brother ‘Beefy’ so I kept the name."
When you look at other nicknames of fighters in the UFC, they seem to reflect something about the fighters.
• BJ Penn is the “Prodigy” – Most people need a decade or more to achieve a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but Penn received his after only three years. And weeks later he became the first non-Brazilian to win the black-belt division at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Now that’s a Prodigy.
• Vitor Belfort is the “Phenom” – He was 19 years old when he became the youngest fighter in the UFC to ever win inside the cage. He beat two fighters in his debut event in the UFC, winning the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament.
• Stefan Struve is the “Skyscraper” – At 6’11” tall, Struve is currently the tallest man fighting in the UFC.
• Chan Sung Jung is “The Korean Zombie” – When you see his ability to take punches and keep coming forward like a zombie.
Demetrious Johnson is “Mighty Mouse”– Johnson is the smallest fighter in the UFC at 5-foot-3 and 135 pounds. He also looks like Mighty Mouse.
• Donald Cerrone is “Cowboy” – Cerrone not only lives on a 10-acre ranch but he is a cowboy. He was a bull rider before he started fighting.
Before I unveil the nickname I think best describe Jon Jones, let’s look at his background and the person he has become inside and outside the octagon.
I asked Jones two-months ago about his career, and what would people say about him after his fighting career is over.
“I want to be remembered as a person who was a hard worker, who had fun and changed the game and dared to be himself and dared to be different and exceeded all odds,” he said.
Talking about his legacy, Jones told Sport Illustrated, "I don't want people to say, I want to fight like Jon Jones. I want them to say, I want to be Jon Jones. I want to transcend the sport, to inspire people.”
Jones dad is a minister and he grew up a Pentecostal Christian, he describes himself as a “hardcore Christian.”
So I believe the nickname that best fits Jon Jones is “The Chosen One.”
“I don’t think he would like it,“ Arthur Jones said when asked about the suggestion.
What nickname would you suggest for Jon Jones, or do you like "Bones"?