It remains to be seen what transpires with the legal issues confronting Jon Jones, but according to one of his teammates, the former UFC champ is upbeat and training at Jackson-Winklejohn MMA regularly,
Jones could be facing up to three years in jail, following his arrest on hit-and-run charges in April. Following his arrest, the UFC stripped Jones of the light-heavyweight title, and in May, Daniel Cormier submitted Anthony Johnson to take the vacant title.
We haven’t heard very much from Jones since all this went down. Recently his teammate Igor Araujo, however, spoke to MMA Fighting.com and relayed the following about “Bones:
“He trains every day. He’s always joking around and laughing,” Araujo said. “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 furthered. “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.”
It’s interesting to hear that the 27 year-old is “positive” and training on a consistent basis, considering the punishments Jones could incur if he’s convicted. Then again, depending on how this plays out, Jones could be available to fight a lot sooner than people expect.
Speaking of the title shot picture, Cormier’s first title defense is supposed to take place versus Alexander Gustafsson later this year. Originally, the bout was being targeted for September, but sources have told MMA Junkie.com that a knee injury “DC” has been dealing with could push the bout to October.
If Jones does come back sooner than later, then the UFC has a huge fight to go with, regardless of who wins between Cormier and Gustafsson. Cormier-Jones II would be huge because of their beef; Gustafsson-Jones II would be massive because of their epic first fight.