Jon Jones has emerged from his highly publicized, positive test for cocaine metabolites and will fight Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23rd. As the UFC light-heavyweight champ starts to rev up his training, one of his coaches, Mike Winkeljohn, has made it clear he doesn’t care for some of Jones’ associates.
The striking wizard recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing Jones and his recent, drug scandal, here is some of what Winkeljohn had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“No, he doesn’t have a problem,” said Winkeljohn. “He parties. In my opinion, it’s definitely not an addict type of thing at all. I think he sometimes finds himself hanging out with idiots.”
“Well, it’s disappointing,” he added. “There’s no doubt about it. It’s disappointing that he’d be partying before a fight. With that being said, I don’t think it helped him in the fight, I think it probably hurt him in the fight, because partying…it’s taking away from his focus, and he’s not rehabbing the way he should. But, the main thing about it is, okay, now it’s out there, he did it, we got to fix it, he’s got to overcome it and be better for it. It’s so hard. I’m kind of like the older uncle yelling at him all the time.”
Winkeljohn was referring to Jones’ unanimous decision win over rival Daniel Cormier, which went down on January 3rd at UFC 183.
The fighter’s coach also added that he believes in Jones, and that he’s confident “Bones” will make it to the ‘”top.” Winkeljohn also credited the champ for his ability to fire off techniques like a “video game.” When you consider what Jones showcases every fight, it’s not surprising to hear such high praise.
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how Jones looks against Johnson, considering everything that’s unfolded in recent weeks. That fight will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.