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Hey Pussy, Are You Still There: Jon Jones and the Cats of Instagram

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By Sarah Kurchak

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is very good at many things.

He’s one of the best pound for pound fighters in the history of MMA. He’s one of the biggest current stars in the UFC. He’s excellent at promoting his matches. And he’s fairly skilled at press conference set deconstruction. He also demonstrates a significant amount of skill in the highly competitive arena of celebrating cats on the internet.

Now, Jones has yet to reach the level of a Grumpy Cat or Lil Bub owner, but he just might be on his way. Jones and his family are now the proud owners of four cats: two domestic house cats named Chai and Charcoal, and two Savannahs (pricey and rare hybrids of Servals and domestic cats that sell for up to $25,000 each) named Mufasa and Ali and all of them have received significant camera time on his Instagram account. In the past year alone, Jones has made 75 separate posts about his cats.

In honor of his mad cat-documenting skills and his forthcoming fight at UFC 182, we ranked all 75 of those posts. Here are the top 25, followed by links to the other 50:

25. Mufasa and his reflection

 

Yes Mufasa you're a gorgeous cat

A photo posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


This is art.

24. Charcoal spoils a Christmas photo

 

I thank God for moments like these #Christmas2014

A photo posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


#TeamCharcoal

23. Ali on a leash

 

Yes I'm going to be that guy who walks around pet friendly places with my gigantic cat on a leash. Training Ali early

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


Jones promises to become “that guy who walks around pet friendly places with my gigantic cat on a leash.” We look forward to that.

22. Ali checks into the MGM Grand

 

Ali checking into the #MGM

A photo posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


Ali is quickly becoming the Olivia Benson to Jon Jones’s Taylor Swift. And we mean that in the best possible way.

21. “Liv trying to say good morning to baby Ali, him wanting nothing to do with her.”

 

Liv trying to say good morning to baby Ali, him wanting nothing to do with her

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


Everyone who has ever loved a cat has suffered through this tragic moment of unrequited attention. Multiple times.

20. Mufasa “grooms” Chai

 

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


Chai is not impressed. Mufasa is shocked by this development. Cats.

19. Mufasa Goes To The Vet Part 1

 

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


He’s pretty chill, given the circumstances.

18. Mufasa Goes To The Vet Part 2

 

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


It’s such a dad move to film your cat at the vet.

17. The Jones Family contemplate a new addition

 

Maybe adding a new addition to the Jones family #Africanserval savannacat #exotic #pet #meateater

A photo posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


KITTIE!!!

16. A Thanksgiving Message

 

Grateful for my serval #savannahcat mix!! Even though he barely likes me and thinks he's the man of the house #Thanksgiving

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


Jones is thankful for his cat, even though his cat is a dick. This is how all cat lovers feel about their pets.

15. Jones has a bad practice


He vents about it and rubs a cat belly.

14. Charcoal looks handsome. Mufasa photobombs.

 

Good night from my cats Charcoal & Mufasa

A photo posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


#TeamCharcoal

13. Charcoal drinks Santa’s milk. Jones worries that the other cats are a bad influence on Ali.


#StillTeamCharcoal

12. Mufasa vs The Blinds

 

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


That’s how this happens.

11. “Someone’s in a bad mood right now”

 

Someone's in a bad mood right now

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


Mufasa is kind of a dick. Again.

10. The Elusive Chai

 

My boy Chi

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


Here he is, in his only solo video of 2014.

9. Charcoal, Massage Therapist

 

Charcoal giving me a little rubdown

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


Charcoal is the unsung hero of the Jones family. Mufasa and Ali get all of the attention (and Chai seems content to live his life out of the spotlight) but who’s there when Jon is feeling sore and needs a massage? Charcoal.

8. Charcoal, a blanket, and Jon

 

Train eat rest train eat rest

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


And who’s there when, um, a fuzzy blanket needs licking? Charcoal.

7. Ali and Jones settle into the MGM Grand

 

Making #MGM my home early

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


Featuring a litter box, cat food, a cat, Irish Spring soap, a prominently placed Reebok logo, and a shirtless champion.

6. Jones waxes philosophical about his cats.


And learns an important lesson about loving people/cats for who they are, not who you want them to be: “I’ve learned to appreciate Mufasa just the way he is, a freaking boss.”

5. STAREDOWN

 

I swear he thinks he's the man of the house #savannacat #Africanserval

A photo posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


Fortunately, this moment did not occur in the MGM Grand lobby.

4. Mufasa returns!

 

Glad to have our family pet Mufasa back home safe and sound with us #Animallover

A video posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


In April, Mufasa managed to escape from his Albuquerque home and disappeared, devastating Jones. The champ immediately offered a $1500 reward to anyone who had any information about his exotic pet, because he was afraid that Mufasa was hungry.

Regardless of anyone’s personal opinions on owning semi-domesticated wild cats – or how many pets one person should own – this was awful. For an animal lover, there are few things worse than fearing for a lost pet who can’t completely defend and feed themselves in the outside world. And missing Serval stories don’t always go so well. Earlier this month, a runaway Vancouver Island Serval went from an internet folk hero to road kill in a matter of days.

So it was a truly great moment in Cats of Instagram history when Mufasa happily returned to his family and got some much needed rest.

3. Mufasa found!


And the moment when he was actually found, after a two hour chase, was a pretty great contribution to the internet cat cannon, too.

This shot from Jackson’s MMA’s Instagram account might be even better, though:

 

@jonnybones #GotEm thanks @cabq for all your help!

A photo posted by MMA Association (@jacksonsmma) on

 

2. Charcoal gets his turn in the public eye.

 

My boy charcoal & I modeling for #ShowYourSoftSide earlier this camp

A photo posted by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on


The criminally underrated finally got some attention of his own in March when he posed with Jones for the Show Your Soft Side campaign against animal abuse.

1. Killing the King


With all due respect to my Fightland colleague, the brilliant Jack Slack, I would like to propose an alternate method for defeating Jones: be a tired and angry cat.

The rest:
Mufasa eats
Mufasa sleeps, looks adorable
Mufasa sleeps (again), looks adorable (again)
Mufasa on a couch
#Theresnoplacelike home (feat. Mufasa)
Mufasa eats
Mufasa’s glamor shot
Ali eats shrimp
My Dinner With Mufasa
My Breakfast With Ali
Mufasa is not tired
Mufasa is more calm today
Mufasa watches the dogs
Mufasa is not ready for his close-up
Mufasa plays in a hotel room
Night Vision Mufasa
Mufasa as a kitten
Mufasa climbs a toilet for hydration purposes
The Mufasa Eats Trilogy Part 3: Mufasa Eats Again
The Mufasa Eats Trilogy Part 2: Mufasa Licks His Lips
The Mufasa Eats Trilogy Part 1: Mufasa Eats
Mufasa begs for food, will only get bigger
Mufasa plays on the floor
Feeding Time For Mufasa
Charcoal is a juicehead
“Ridiculously spoiled” Mufasa drinks water from a glass
Tiny Kitten, Giant Paws
Mufasa on a chair
Dinner Time (feat. Mufasa)
Night Vision Mufasa in his crib
Mufasa mews, the Jones dogs try to improve their Instagram exposure
Mufasa escapes a bubble
A #TBT selfie with a brand new Mufasa
Baby Mufasa plays on the floor
“He's always been a mean little bastard haha but I love em anyway.. I think he may be a little bipolar”
Mufasa and Charcoal nap
Mufasa’s agility demo
Mufasa climbs the hotel toilet
Mufasa hurts Jones’s feelings
Mufasa sniffs the camera
Cat family portrait
Mufasa and Chai come when called; Charcoal not so much
“Mufasa can be so sweet sometimes” (spoiler alert: he hisses)
Mufasa successfully begs for food (cameo by Chai)
Mufasa cuddles
Training Ali
Ali, foot warmer
The Cat Formerly Known As Scar’s Debut
Jones thanks Everlast, Mufasa helps
Mufasa is mesmerized by his reflection

 

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