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Joe Rogan thinks Jon Jones would be more popular if he were white

Jon Jones beltJon Jones isn’t exactly a people’s champion. The 27-year-old is the youngest champion in UFC history, but there are plenty of people who would like to see his run come to an end. Does that have anything to do with the color of Jones’ skin? Joe Rogan believes it does.

“I don’t know why Jon is not more loved or popular than he is,” Rogan said on his podcast earlier this week, as transcribed by David St. Martin of MMAFighting.com. “I don’t understand it. In my opinion, I will never miss a Jon Jones f—ing pay-per-view. I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, he’s cocky. He’s this and [that].’ I wonder what the f— is going on with that and I’m going to throw this out there, I’m just going to say it: I wonder how much of it is racism. I really do.”

Rogan went on to use Chael Sonnen as an example, though I’m not sure that makes the most sense. Plenty of people despise Sonnen, and I’m one of them. I don’t care what color his skin is; he’s obnoxious.

“You know why? Because I think they look at him as this cocky black guy and I think a lot of people have an issue with that,” Rogan said of Jones. “I think that if he was a white guy and he was doing the same thing, a la a Chael Sonnen, I think he would be way more popular. Chael was never the successful athlete that Jon is, but I think Chael was way more successful as a promoter than Jon is. Jon has not been nearly as cocky or outwardly braggadocious as Chael was.”

Rogan was just getting warmed up.

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Mike Tyson and Jon Jones boxing and Tyson sets him up for sick punch (Video)

Former world heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson and current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones saw each other over the weekend and decided to have a little impromptu boxing sparring session. We’ll give you one guess regarding the outcome.

Jones posted this great video to his Instagram account and you can see Tyson throw three jabs before sneaking in a right that would have terminated Bones. The setup was as good as something seen in “The Sting.”

Tyson throws a stiff jab to the body and then throws it a second time. But on the second jab to the body, Tyson telegraphs it so Jones is only focusing on the jab, and then he sneaks in his right for a big punch that would have rocked Jones.

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Tyson obviously held back on the right, but Jones and everyone “oooh’d” and “awww’d” over the Tyson punch. Even Jones admitted “he set that one up!”

Tyson was one of the most well-schooled boxers in the sport. He was smart, savvy and technically proficient. Most people look at him as just a brute, but this video shows you how he was just as much about smarts as power.

And how good was that combo? When I sent the video to Steve DelVecchio, he admitted he couldn’t even see the knockout punch. That’s that abbra-caddabra, holmes. Tyson has you focusing on one thing and forgetting about the other.

Glove touch to Bloody Elbow