As the wait continues, in terms of what’s next for Jon Jones, one of his coaches is reporting that the former UFC champ is focused on getting his life back on track.
It’s been a little while now since Jones was arrested for a felony hit-and-run charge, and stripped of the UFC’s 205 title. Not only does Jones have a legal battle ahead of him, which could send the star to prison for up to three years, he hasn’t publicly said he plans to fight again.
“Jon is going to make the best of it,” Winkeljohn said. “He’s doing all the right things. He was in the gym helping Andrei Arlovski for his fight. He’s in the gym helping others right now. He’s gone back to help others, stopped doing those things that get you in trouble and go forward.
“I’m looking forward to Jon turning his life around and becoming a better person. Is he fighting again or not? I’m not sure. That’s not important. What is important right now is that Jon takes care of himself and his family.”
Winkeljohn was also asked about Daniel Cormier’s recent championship victory, which of course took place, as result of Jones’ being stripped of the belt. Cormier faced Anthony Johnson at UFC 187, and submitted the heavy handed fighter in round three.
As everyone knows, Cormier and Jones aren’t exactly bestest buddies, and the latter also defeated his rival back in January. But, despite the fact Cormier never defeated Jones, Winkeljohn said “DC” “deserves to be champion.” The coach also added that Cormier has always been “courteous” and “respectful” whenever he’s talked to the accomplished wrestler.
Cormier is expected to face Alexander Gustafsson sometime later this year, in his first title defense.