Jones, the UFC's light heavyweight champ, knows there's a long line of haters behind every successful person, so he takes the hate in stride.
"A lot of great athletes are hated," Jones said. "I have to be comfortable with it. I am comfortable with it. I have a strong group of people around me. Really strong friends, really strong coaches, really strong mentors. Those are the people who matter. I'll continue to be loved by many, hated by many, and be comfortable who I am.
"The Yankees are hated for a reason," the Endicott, N.Y. native said. "Whoever is good at anything is usually hated. I'm really comfortable with it. What I'd really like to focus on is how many people support me. I've got a lot of support. Nike comes out with things, they sell out in less than a day. Every day I get messages saying they inspire me. If one person writes me a message saying I genuinely enhanced their life, that outweighs 500 haters."
All the hate keeps Jones striving for bigger and better things, namely a spot in the UFC's heavyweight division.
"I do believe there could be greater challenges at heavyweight," Jones said. "Maybe there won't be. Maybe I'll be more athletic, more agile, faster, very unpredictable for that weight class, doing things heavyweights don't normally see. Maybe there will be easier fights for me. You never know. ... Cain Velasquez is the champion right now, I think there's some things I can do athletically that Cain has never seen before. If he can be a small heavyweight, then I can be a small heavyweight with a whole different playbook."
In 2014, fight fans would love to see a bout between Jones and Velasquez. In the meantime, they'll have to watch Jones fight Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.
"I've accomplished a lot of goals I've set my mind to," Jones said. "I've set a lot of goals where I can reach really high. Do huge movie roles, or doing something in boxing is really more of a realistic thing. If I can get myself really strong, do a two- or three-year camp, I would be more than ready for the challenge."