Edwards vs Stephens: Edwards via Guilliotine RD 2
Assuncao vs Easton: Easton via TKO RD 1
Nijem vs Proctor: Nijem via Unan Dec.
Cruickshank vs Martinez: Cruickshank via TKO RD 2
LeVesseur vs Trujillo: LeVesseur via TKO 3rd
Siver vs Phan: Siver via Spilt Dec.
Jorgensen vs Albert: Jorgensen via TKO RD 1
Demian Maia (16-4) vs Rick Story (14-5)
SBoI Pick: Maia via Unan. Decision
PickBot: Maia via Dec.
Phil Davis (9-1) vs Wagner Prado (8-0)
SBoI Pick: Davis via Sub (kimura) Rd 3
PickBot: Prado via T/KO rd 2
Jon Fitch (23-4-1) vs Erick Silva (14-2)
SBoI Pick: Fitch via Decision
PickBot: Silva via Sub Rd 3
Glover Teixeira (18-2) vs Fabio Maldonado (18-5)
SBoI Pick: Tex via TKO Rd 1
PickBot: Maldy via Sub Rd 2
Minotauro Nogueira (33-7-1) vs Dave Herman (21-4)
SBoI Pick: Nog via Submission (Armbar) Rd 2
PickBot: Herman via Decision
Anderson Silva (32-4) vs Stephan Bonnar (15-7)
SBoI Pick: Bonnar via TKO (Ground & Pound) Rd 3
PickBot: Andy via T/KO Rd 1
NOTES: PickBot is a method of using a random number generator to pick the winner method & round. Historically, it has done very well.
I know the likelihood of my Bonnar pick is unlikely but hey, it’s always the guys no one gives a chance in hell that seem to pull the upset against the “unbeatable” champ. GSP/Serra anyone? So, what the hell, I’ll give it to Bonnar. Much like the American Psycho, I have little to lose here. If Andy wins, I already copped to the pick being a longshot. If Bonny wins, especially by GnP in the 3rd, I look like a genius. After all, anyone can go in and pick all the favorites by the most likely method but where’s the fun or even skill in that? Gotta go out on a limb and call some upsets now & again.
First of all, Jon, I want to thank you for taking time from your busy schedule of being mistaken for the UFC Light heavyweight Champ to answer my questions.
Hi. Thanks for reaching out.
You said on twitter that you’re not a huge MMA fan but have seen Jon Jones fight. Were you aware of who Jon “Bones” Jones was before the constant mistaken identity on twitter? Or is that how you became aware of him?
I sort of knew who he was because I’ve always tracked my page ranking on Google for my business\career. A couple years ago (or something like that) he started showing up on Google more and more, so I was always kind of aware of him but didn’t pay much attention until he got really big. It was about a year ago that I started getting tweets meant for him, and the occasional email to my website.
At what point did you go from telling people “I’m not Jon Jones the fighter” to having fun with it and are there any particularly dense people who didn’t realize even after you tweeted them back that you weren’t the fighter?
I think after maybe three tweets I decided to start having fun with it and pretend I didn’t know who Jon Jones the fighter was, especially if it was a REALLY mean tweet. Something like “@jonjones you bitch ass, no talent, arrogant piece of shit, [someone] will beat you and make you BLEED!” would get a reply along the lines of “What? Oh my god, who are you?! Who wants to hurt me? Oh my god!!! : (“
I’d do that almost every single time, and usually get an apology. It’s hilarious to me. If they do seem to feel really bad, though, I direct them to @JonnyBones. But I still gotta have my fun.
One time a guy emailed me through my website and, thinking I’m the fighter, invited me to fly out to stay at his house and it was pretty obvious he wanted me to bang his wife. Wow. I didn’t really know what to do with that, but thought it would be hilarious to show up on their doorstep a pasty, pudgy white nerd and say “Yeah, I look way different on TV.”
HA HA! That’s hilarious! You could just go “Hey! YOU e-mailed ME, dude!”
Considering Bones Jones’ not fighting at UFC 151 and the card subsequently being cancelled, how many misdirected tweets of hate have you gotten compared to tweets of support?
The hate versus support ratio was .. skewed. So far I’m around 3500 to 4000 tweets at me, and of those, I’ve seen THREE that are supportive. Exactly three.
Wow! Three. I’m sure some of that is due to Jon Jones fans knowing what his twitter account is… But still… Three…
So, what’s it like to be a celebrity without actually being a celebrity?
Being a celebrity without actually being a celebrity? It’s fucking hilarious! I’m just some random goofball with the same name as this other guy, and I’m getting sprayed with this firehose of absolute hatred and filth for no reason other than my parents giving me a boring name. I’m eating it up! I know it’ll fade away in an instant but there’s no point in missing out on even an instant of the humor it provides me and others.
Has this situation made you more or less interested in MMA? I’d imagine you’re not getting a view of the more intelligent MMA fans…
Oh, I’ve always liked MMA pretty well. I’m not a huge fan but I’ve been to several UFC PPV watch parties, and to UFC 135 in Denver to watch Jones vs Rampage. If anything, it makes me more interested because now I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming into the center of their community’s most recent and epic controversy. I love it though.
Do you follow Bones Jones or any other MMA fighters on twitter?
No, I don’t follow any MMA people on Twitter. Up until today I’d always kept it just for people in the video game industry that I know and work with.
What’s this whole “Nice Guy Jon Jones” thing about? You’re a meme now?
Ah yeah, the Good Guy Jon Jones thing. Someone on the MMA Underground Forums found that pic of me and made a meme from it, and a few other people latched onto that. It’s riffing off another meme called “Good Guy Greg” showing a kinda goofy-looking dudebro smiling smugly, but the caption is about him doing something really friendly and considerate for someone. I think the Good Guy Jon Jones thing is just people being surprised I’m dealing with the INSANE amounts of hatred and profanity that’s being thrown at me for no reason. It’s kinda silly. I’ve never been a meme before.
I think Chael Sonnen should make you his “Joe the Plumber” play a whole *this* Jon Jones said he’d fight me angle. I’ll pass it on to him. Good guy. Funny as shit.
haha that would be awesome! I’m still trying really hard to push the “I’ll fight Chael” thing. Probably won’t happen but oh man, that’d be great.
Well, Jon, as I said, I enjoy your twitter more than that other Jon Jones guy. Keep up the good work!
Thanks so much for the kind words, man! And for indulging my five minutes of fame. I’ve had a blast.
Anything you’d like to plug or shout out? Your website, a “Good Guy Jon Jones” T-shirt?
Just a shoutout to my girlfriend M, who’s completely awesome and has been incredibly indulgent of me in all of this silliness.
Thanks to THE REAL JON JONES for the time. Ha Ha. Follow him on twitter @JonJones. Not only is he a cool guy but he’s RTing some of the mistaken Bones Jones Tweets sent his way.
Jon is a “Art Producer\Outsourcing Manager in the video game industry” –so if you need one of those why not contact The Jon Jones of that industry? (in the sense of the champion not in the sense of being a hated guy with a DUI conviction)
Just want to take a quick moment to congratulate my friend James Chaney for making the cut for the Ultimate Fighter 16. James and his friend and training partner Dominique Robinson are two of the coolest, realest guys I’ve met in the sport and I’ve met and interviewed countless fighters who were almost all awesome, gracious and nice people. So, it says a lot that James and Dom stand out so much. I would go so far as to call them friends and even kindred spirits.
So, admitted bias aside, James is a guy with a 7-2 pro record with all his wins coming from submissions and his two losses coming from questionable doctor stoppages. He also has a 3-1 amateur record. So, James is a fighter -in the truest sense. He’s a guy that you wanna watch. Aside from his record as a fighter, he’s an interesting guy… I’ve met him and interviewed him a couple of times and James is a character. Smart but strange -thoughtful with a bone dry sense of humor. You ask James a question and he doesn’t give you a stock answer. He pauses and answers with a measured intelligence that is at once kinda funny and kinda intense. I don’t wanna get too poetic here but I will say that James strikes me as a great guy but a bit enigmatic. I predict that he will be the guy that will stand out on the show. Despite not being a conscious self-promoter, I can’t think of a fighter on past TUFs that has a similar disposition.
So, where am I going with this? Well, watch TUF 16 premiering on FX on Sept. 14 with coaches Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin and keep an eye on James “off the” Chaney! BTW, I unintentionally gave him that nickname and I’m sorry.
Edit: Dominique Robinson tells me “his ammy is 9-1 dammit, all subs there as well” So, yeah… not like it changes my point… OFF THE Chaney is a badass with mad submission skills, yo!
Benson Henderson vs Frankie Edgar: Henderson via Submission (RNC) Round 5
Donald Cerrone vs Melvin Guillard: Cerrone via Submission (Guillotine) Round 2
Jake Shields vs Ed Herman: Herman via TKO Round 2
Yushin Okami vs Buddy Roberts: Okami via TKO Round 2
Justin Lawrence vs Max Holloway: Holloway via Decision (Unanimous)
So, I received Chael Sonnen’s book yesterday. I read half of it last night. (Thanks for keeping me up til 4am. Chael!) I finished the rest today. Finishing a 220 page book in 2 sittings should certainly give you a hint that it’s immensely readable.
If you look at the Amazon page for the book, you don’t really get any sense of what it’s about. It kinda sounds like Chael’s version of a self-help book. You’d also expect it to be about Chael and about MMA. Ummm… kinda but not really.
** This was originally published on Fisttacuff.com but they’ve since changed over to exclusively an internet radio show site. So, I’m archiving it here.
‘MMAinstream’ by Spilled Bag of Ice
April 19, 2010
Between Anderson Silva’s bizarre performance at UFC 112 and the StrikeForce Nashville post-fight brawl in the cage, there seems to be a lot of chatter in the MMA world about what this means for MMA and how “The Mainstream” perceives it. Allow your old amigo SBoI to put things in perspective for you.
There may’ve been a time, and granted -not too long ago, when the average person would have no idea what you meant by “Mixed Martial Arts”. You’d have to say “ultimate fighting” or “cage fighting” to get a spark of recognition and that was usually accompanied by an involuntary recoiling of disgust and horror. You had to work to convince them that these were skilled, disciplined athletes when the image in their mind was of a prison yard or biker bar fight. “Human Cockfighting” is what they thought.
While those days where only a few years ago and are still fresh in the minds of all but the most recent MMA fan, those days are very much gone. The only way someone still sees MMA with that outdated and warped perception when modern MMA is everywhere is through prejudiced, willful ignorance. People who think MMA is some lesser, unrefined offshoot of boxing or people who are repulsed by all combat sports are a lost cause and there’s no point pandering to them. At all.