Everybody loves a comeback story.
Jon "Bones" Jones recently made headlines in the sports world for a ridiculous body transformation and a serious bulking up that he posted to Instagram. Here it is in case you missed it:
Prior to that, though he's kind of been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. A lot of that has to do with failing a drug test (cocaine), a kind of mysterious car accident, and a perceived lack of commitment to staying in shape and fighting.
This video (brought to you by MMAFightingonSBN) clears up a lot of that. Here it is below in its entirety, but we also pulled out some of the key quotes as well...
Here's what he had to say about the car accident scene that many accused him of fleeing and the damage that was done due to his poor decision-making.
I was afraid. I freaked out. I was afraid to speak to the police at that time. I thought 'Let me just get away from this.' ... I just had tunnel vision. I definitely hit hard and I'm sitting here thinking 'I need to go. I need to get away from this.' So I started running and got maybe five yards away from my car and I remembered I had a bowl, a marijuana bowl in my cup holder. I knew that if the police found that bowl in my car that everything was going to be so much worse than I thought it should be, I guess.
Jones is willing to learn through his mistakes, though. In fact, I think that he's maturing, like all of us, at his own pace. He's only 28. People have to remember that.
In a way I'm grateful. I get to recognize my mistakes. I get to assess what's made me not necessarily the best role model. I get to assess that and I get to alter that and go back into the game and do things better. To become a better role model, and a better athlete. I got to retire almost. Now I get to get back in the game still young enough, still fresh enough to have a serious future.
He also spoke on Ronda Rousey, and shed some light on their relationship. Most of his words were pretty glowing since he cares about her as a fighter and as a friend.
Ronda has been very supportive of me. She texted me quite a few times. She even invited me to come and stay at her beach house in California. She said 'Jon, you're going to come back from this. If there's anything I can do for you, let me know. If you want to get away I've got a house here that not many people know where it's at and it's your house until you get right.' Stuff like that, it's like man—this girl is on top of the world right now and she's sitting here thinking of me at my darkest hour. That's something I'll never forget.
Of course the current talk of MMA is that kick from Holly Holm...
Good to see both Conor McGregor and Jon Jones show support for the fallen hero and (at one time) main star of the sport.
He wasn't quite as nice when it came to talking about Vitor Belfort. He had some choice words for his fellow fighter.
Vitor Belfort was on steroids when I fought him. The UFC was very well aware, way before the fight. They did nothing to penalize him. They let the fight go on knowing that I was fighting a guy on steroids, which is a hazard to my life. What do you do? ... At his age and where he's at in his career, I remember at the weigh ins I looked at his abs, and I'm like, 'Dude, I'm several years younger than you and you look way tighter than me.' And I knew I trained pretty hard for that camp.
Jones' claims that Belfort used steroids are completely unsubstantiated, but he may have a point here. It's not easy to get away with using performance enhancing and body enhancing drugs in MMA, but I mean, you be the judge. A much older man to the right in Belfort and a young Jones to the left.
I don't know about you, but I'm dying to see Jones get back in the ring and take what is rightly his from Cormier. A rematch seems inevitable, but we'll probably still have to wait and see.
(Via: Bleacher Report)