Jon Jones has been living life in the shadows since his April arrest for a hit and run. Sicne then the UFC has crowned a new light heavyweight champion and Jones has been suspended indefinitely but the former #1 P4P fighter in the world ultimately knows how to do one thing, fight.
A teammate of Jones at Jackson-Wink MMA Gym recently told MMAFighting.com that Jon is back in the gym training and is in good spirits.
“He trains every day. He’s always joking around and laughing,” said Jones’ teammate Igor Araujo. “I spoke with him the other day and he’s cool, being positive. The coach tells us what to do and he trains normally, every single day. He’s in shape, too.”
“On the first day Jones returned to the gym, they put him to clean the mat when the training session was over,” he continued. “They always pick someone to clean the mat after the training, and he didn’t complain he had to do it. He’s a nice guy, and a look up to him inside the gym.”
Igor went on to describe the mood of the other team members in the gym upon Jones’ return.
“Nobody talks about it,” Araujo said. “I think he will get out of this situation. I don’t know what the justice is going to decide for his future, but he’s a champion.”
“Those in the UFC know that he’s the champion, and he will get that belt back,” he continued. “The champion is the best. Rafael dos Anjos won the title because he defeated everybody. (Chris) Weidman did the same thing. Jon Jones lost the title to himself. I told him that already. ‘The only man that can beat you is yourself.’ We lose to ourselves all the time.”
The arrest and ensuing video of the hit and run is going to make it hard for the UFC to just reassert Jon into the title picture. He will have to weather a media storm previously unseen in the UFC and prove that he’s a changed man.
In short, the real Jon Jones must become the man he built a persona around previously. He must live life as a righteous, god fearing man, instead of just using it to promote a better image. Then he can worry about whether or not his skills are up to the task of recapturing the title.