Bummer, Jon Jones plans on retiring at 30 (that's four more years, you guys)

Bummer, Jon Jones plans on retiring at 30 (that's four more years, you guys)

I’ve been reading a lot of Tim Ferriss recently, he of the '4-Hour Work Week' fame. He proposes that instead of working hard for most of our lives and stopping when your bodies can’t give out anything useful any more, forcing retirement, we instead take mini retirements during the course of our lives. This way we can fully appreciate life. Of course, his whole way of living is based on the idea that you run your own company or are a knowledge or IT worker who can outsource almost all tasks and end up with a disgustingly large profit. I love the idea, I’m just not sure that paying a dude to organize my life is the way forwards for me. It doesn’t feel right.

I could instead take an early retirement. I’d have to live like an extreme cheapskate and work 20 hours a day but I’m sure I could retire by the age of 30 if I really tried. Failing that, I could always be one of the most impressive and successful MMA fighters in the sport’s short history, get endorsements from Nike and Gatorade then retire at the age of 30. That seems as likely to me as the Ferriss plan, but to Jon Jones, it’s just a fact of life. This MMAJunkie article has Jones essentially saying he wants to stay healthy enough to go on and do other things after MMA:

Jones is fully aware of that, and even if he’s still considered the world’s best fighter at 30, he believes continuing beyond that point would only tarnish his reputation.

"Right now, where I’m at financially, I never thought I would be, so I could honestly retire today... I just want to leave the sport with a good head on my shoulders, I don’t want to be one of these guys that are taking fights way past their prime."

Maybe it’s the new studies coming out damning football for the increased brain injury it causes which has made Jones set out his early retirement plans? I only know that if I was in the position to retire tomorrow and be financially secure for the rest of my life, I’d spend today writing the most beautiful resignation letter. Let’s hope over the next four years that Jones writes a protracted resignation letter in the Octagon.

Kieran McNairn

Kieran is a freelance writer and psychology graduate from Scotland who wishes BoDog Fights still put on outdoor MMA events in Costa Rica.

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0 # rippie74 2013-11-25 13:40
He has around 7 or 8 more fights left then he's done.
+15 # JUNGLEPRIDE 2013-11-25 13:45
WIll be a lot shorter if he actually tries to fight Cain.
+3 # uhhhhhh 2013-11-25 13:55
good move.
+16 # Roast Def 2013-11-25 14:18
Gus scared him.
+1 # leg kick to the head 2013-11-25 15:53
based on the photo used for the article, jon looks retarded as shit.
+4 # tonyfamilia 2013-11-26 10:05
Says the guy with G dubya for an avatar, lol
0 # ch4 2013-11-25 16:38
like a bitch
just in it for the paper
+8 # Greg Jackson Smirk 2013-11-25 18:45
"I'd like to retire before it gets too difficult to cut to 205. Because I believe that I would get owned by low level heavyweights." - Jon Jones
+3 # MMAsshole 2013-11-25 18:51
Retire tomorrow and no one would give a shit. He lost to Gus
-2 # jt33 2013-11-25 21:02
if he retires more power to him i guess.. its his life, BUT ill believe it when i see it.
+4 # J Slo 2013-11-26 11:09
If he retires who will fill our ears talking about themselves in the most narcissisticall y glowing terms about how he alone understands the Samurai spirit? Well, at least Chael is only acting like that, Jon actually believes the silliness he says of himself. Kanye Jr. as it were. Don't let the door hit you my friend. But if it does, I expect to hear, "I allowed it to hit me to test my warrior spirit behind".
+1 # MewTwo 2013-11-26 12:33
hater... despite jones coming off as an extremely pretentious person at times I respect him as a fighter. regardless of whether he was exposed in the gustaf fight or simply had a bad showing this guy is a stud inside the cage and easily the sickest lhw for the past few years now.

the mma fan needs to stop letting personal feelings cloud their scope. gustaf showed the world that jones looked so stellar when hiding behind his leverage and reach, but none the less this guy almost finished his toughest challenger with a fucking spinning elbow. I couldn't see jones in my circle of friends, but the dudes a fucking beast. wouldn't want to see him retire anytime soon, you guys are tripping. i don't like pacq, but I don't want to see him leave the sport
+1 # Guy smalley 2013-11-30 04:59
Give him time to brush up on his drunk driving
0 # CC 2013-12-05 16:05
I say give Vitor a chance at him again, with a proper training camp, no short notice, broken hand bullshit.

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