Jon Jones: I Fight for More Than Just the Belt

By: Tristen Critchfield
Apr 25, 2013

UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones will attempt to defend his title for the fifth time against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 on Saturday. While a victory would tie him with Tito Ortiz for most title defenses all-time within the division, the Jackson’s MMA Product said during a recent conference call that he fights for more than just 205-pound gold:

"I definitely fight for more than just the belt. I have two brothers that are in the NFL. What drives me is to not be the lesser brother – not to be the brother who didn't quite make it or the one who needs to borrow money 10 years from now. It drives me to show that a UFC fighter can have the type of success that an NFL player can have if not more. Another thing that drives me is my kids. I can’t let them down. Another thing that drives me is knowing I inspire a lot of people. I get that a lot. It’s something that I have a lot of pride in. That's why I tweet a lot of motivational things and try to be positive. If I quote someone or say something that makes someone better, that means a lot to me to be able change someone's life. I won’t be able to do that if I don’t have a platform. Being a champion means more than having the belt."

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