As Jon Jones continues to make headlines as a result of his latest run-ins with the law, UFC President Dana White is arguing that the former champ never liked trying to play Mr. Nice Guy…
As you’ve almost certainly heard, Jones was arrested again this week, after he was cited for several different traffic violations. “Bones” was already on probation due to his well documented, hit-and-run incident last year.
This latest encounter with the law landed Jones more community service, and some anger management and driving courses. But, he is still scheduled to rematch his rival Daniel Cormier on April 23rd at UFC 197.
“I don’t think Jon Jones is ever going to be the Jon Jones that people expect him to be,” White said. “Jon is gonna do Jon. I think that Jon tried so hard to play the good guy for so long, it drove him crazy. And Jon is just gonna be Jon now.”
“When I get pulled over by the police, I am the most polite human being you’ve ever met in your life,” White said. “There’s no upside to talking back to the police. It’s the dumbest thing you can ever do, especially if you’re in Jon Jones’ position.”
Now, the question is, will Jon being Jon increase his fan base or diminish it? Either way, there’s no question people want to to tune in and see him fight. The fact he’s the consensus, best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet doesn’t hurt either. Can Cormier become the first man to hand his rival a real loss? We’ll find out soon.
UFC 197 will go down on Las Vegas, Nevada. In the co-headliner, flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson will take on Henry Cejudo.