"I don't want to be the future. I don't want to be the guy who makes no mistakes and does no wrong or the guy who can't swear in interviews. I'm just me. I'm a snotty-nosed 24-year-old who got good at fighting and now everyone cares what I say. I'm starting to realize everything goes away. There's nothing you should lose sleep over, no matter how bad it seems while it's happening. It all goes away."
-- Believe it or not, there was a time when Jon Jones was the young talented kid that everyone thought was the future of mixed martial arts. Fighting on the preliminary card showed how talented he was without exposing him to a microphone. That is until he got good enough to earn a title shot thanks to a timely injury to Rashad Evans, a former teammate and training partner. Once "Bones" was put under the microscope, all his traits -- both good and bad -- have come to the surface and the spotlight has been unfavorable to him. Those that supported him in his earlier days are suddenly singing a different tune. Evans himself has painted a picture of a cocky kid that thinks he's untouchable. At first, Jones denied such claims and continued to put on a front for the media and fans. It seems now he's finally growing into his skin and while he says (via The Vancouver Sun) he's still the same guy he's always been, the perception of him has undoubtedly changed. Whether that's for the better or worse is in the eye of the beholder but his feud with Quinton Jackson, who he'll defend his light heavyweight title against tonight (Sept. 24) at UFC 135 in Denver, certainly hasn't helped matters. But, as Jones himself opined, no reason for anyone's panties to get up in a bunch about it. Get in, do the job, and get out. The rest takes care of itself.