For Jon Jones, who is considered by many top MMA and sport organizations as the No. 3 best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, he made a poor judgment call that can hurt his reputation that he worked so hard on. Jones has kept a low profile after he crashed his car on May 19 in Binghamton, NY and was charged with a DWI, accepted the plea bargain and pleaded guilty.
Reports have said Jones was uninjured in the automobile accident after hitting a pole. He ended up getting fined and completed an alcohol abuse and dependency evaluation as part of the plea bargain.
After winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and destroying four men who held that same belt, Jones future looked bright. Every fight his confidence grew and he seemed like a model employee. Then he gets arrested for a DWI and has since kept a low profile.
What is so interesting is how quite he has been on manner, seemingly dropping out of site. It’s a smart move on his part. He needs to put this behind him and focus on his next challenge, which will be no easy task. He is set to defend his championship against Dan Henderson at UFC 151 on Sept. 1.
As crazy as it sounds, he needs this time away after being portrayed for the last 15 months as the most talked about name in MMA. He is a fast rising sports celebrity who just turned 24-years old. Jones needs to keep his focus on MMA and not the after party life. He’s so young that people are calling him the next generation of a MMA fighter and are already comparing him to the greatest fighter in the world Anderson Silva.
Let’s face facts here. Jones, like everyone else, is human. He makes mistakes just like we all do. Sadly, people drink and drive and it happens way too often. Thankfully, everyone in the wrecked car was fine and Jones has admitted what he did was wrong. He’ll do as the law tells him and as he prepares to make up for this frowned moment on his career.
When he returns, he needs to make a statement and show everyone that the DWI was a quick lived dark spot on his career and he is more focused than ever to continue his path of destruction. Jones needs to do what he has done his whole career and simply dominate his opponent.
If Jones loses, so be it. That’s the nature of the sport, as everybody eventually loses. To get a DWI and follow it up with his real first MMA lost is very plausible. Hopefully, Jones is ready and is surely training hard, while also keeping the media away from him. Jones is learning an important lesson in life here that many don’t seem to comprehend. Don’t let that quick rise of fame take over, as it has a tendency to end just as quickly as it started.