• 'Blessed' Jon Jones 'wiser, stronger, smarter' because of DWI and 'crazy' 2012

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    By Jesse Holland on Jan 15, 12:27pm



    In 2012, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones defeated Rashad Evans, crashed his car, got arrested for driving drunk, bowed out of UFC 151 and submitted Vitor Belfort. That's a lot of ups and down for one year and "Bones" insists it's made him a better man.


    So, what kind of year was it for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones?
    "Bones'" 2012 fight campaign consisted of two successful title defenses. After securing a convincing five-round unanimous decision win over Rashad Evans at UFC 145 last April, he submitted middleweight "Phenom" Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 in September.
    But...

    Sandwiched between those two events was a conviction for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and the cancellation of UFC 151, which was originally thought to be "murdered" by the promotion's 205-pound champ and his coach, Greg Jackson.
    Jones tells MMA Weekly the experience made him "wiser, stronger and smarter."
    "The DWI obviously, I learned from that, I've grown from that and I'm a better man because of it. Wiser, stronger, smarter because of all that stuff. Tough year, fun year, crazy year. Lost some sleep some nights, celebrated some nights ... too much, but it was life. I lived another year. I'm alive to see 2013 and I'm blessed and I'm grateful. Me and Dana are on good terms. I don't think we've ever been on better terms. I think he looks at me as a young man who has respect for himself, who stands up for certain things, who has a backbone and isn't afraid to speak his mind. I owe it to myself to be that way. At the same time, I'm here for the company, I'm here for the business and I'm here for the fans. I'm just trying to do everything right for myself and for the people around me."

    Despite his "crazy" 12-month ride, "Bones" still walked away from the World MMA Awards with his second straight trophy for "Fighter of the Year."
    Speaking of crazy, his next gig will be as Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 coach opposite former 185-pound number one contender Chael Sonnen, which debuts next Tuesday (Jan. 22, 2013) on the FX Channel. Following his reality show escapades, "Bones" will put his strap on the line against the "American Gangster" at UFC 159 in April.
    After a roller-coaster ride through 2012, what will Jones pull off in 2013? How about that planned move to heavyweight?


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    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Blessed' Jon Jones 'wiser, stronger, smarter' because of DWI and 'crazy' 2012 started by Kickass32 View original post
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    1. BluenoseGreig's Avatar
      BluenoseGreig -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kickass32 View Post
      Pretty fair comparison, and even though there is no excuse for the spitting, I do give Bisping a bit of a pass on that because Rivera and his team were such douche bags leading up to that fight.
      Yes, Jorge and his team were appalling in some of the stuff they did, but there is no excuse for what Bisping did......but he's still the top man in my eyes.
    1. Brunow's Avatar
      Brunow -
      Couldn't miss out on this. By 'wiser' does that mean he'll starting fighter WWs now?
    1. Kickass32's Avatar
      Kickass32 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brunow View Post
      Couldn't miss out on this. By 'wiser' does that mean he'll starting fighter WWs now?
      I believe by wiser he meant, he won't follow the path of a certain other champ who refuses to defend his title and rather chooses to fight retired guys, and call out guys way smaller.....that's how I took it.
    1. BluenoseGreig's Avatar
      BluenoseGreig -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brunow View Post
      Couldn't miss out on this. By 'wiser' does that mean he'll starting fighter WWs now?
      Quote Originally Posted by Kickass32 View Post
      I believe by wiser he meant, he won't follow the path of a certain other champ who refuses to defend his title and rather chooses to fight retired guys, and call out guys way smaller.....that's how I took it.
      Get a room guys.......
    1. Brunow's Avatar
      Brunow -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kickass32 View Post
      I believe by wiser he meant, he won't follow the path of a certain other champ who refuses to defend his title and rather chooses to fight retired guys, and call out guys way smaller.....that's how I took it.
      Actually, it's .., sure he'll fight guys from a lower weight class. But as long as the champ has already beaten them.
    1. Kickass32's Avatar
      Kickass32 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brunow View Post
      Actually, it's .., sure he'll fight guys from a lower weight class. But as long as the champ has already beaten them.
      Or.......I fake imjuries and wait to fight someone who has no buisness fighting in a title fight, like 5 of his defences........