Former Boxing Champ Mike Tyson Talks Jon Jones and His Recent Arrest

May 25, 2012
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Jon Jones is a fighter that had no problem with being a role model in the sport of mixed martial arts.

As UFC light heavyweight champion, Jones accepted the responsibilities that came along with being one of the faces of the organization.

“We came up with a strategy to keep it clean and be sponsored by the UFC itself. I’m glad the UFC wanted to work with me as well, and I think that they trust that I’ll never make them look bad. You never have to worry about me with a DWI (driving while under the influence) or doing something crazy,” Jones explained when speaking to the media prior to UFC 145.

“I think I’m a good company guy. The UFC asks me to do anything and I always do it, and I never tell them no for anything. I’ve had to do more marketing than any other fighter because I say no to absolutely nothing. I don’t think most champs are like that.”

Unfortunately for Jones part of that image took a big hit when he was arrested last weekend on suspicion of DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), and while he has yet to have his day in court to face the charges, many have already convicted the 24-year old New York native in the court of public opinion.

A fighter that knows all too well all the trials and tribulations that go along with the scrutiny that comes along with celebrity is former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.

Call it a fall from grace, call it the world’s ultimate wake up call, but Tyson certainly had his ups and downs as a fighter and celebrity and it was out in the public eye for all to see.

MMA enthusiast and former pro wrestling promoter Paul Heyman recently caught up with Tyson to get his opinion on how Jones can bounce back from this, and how a situation like this will truly test how he is perceived from now into the future.

“We’re going to find out from this situation if Jon Jones is going to continue to make us love him for his great fighting and the way he carries himself as a great individual and a humanitarian, or he’s going to let bright lights and the dark shadows invade his life and he’s just going to be one of those rising meteors that flies through the air that lights the world up and then he dies down in the moment,” Tyson said.

“I hope not, because we all respect Jon.”

Check out the full video below to hear what Tyson had to say to Heyman about the Jon Jones situation:

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  • fightfankevin

    You read my mind Paul, i have messed up so many times in my life and when i think of all the great influences out there, i always came back to what would Mike Tyson have done in this situation. ( i’m joking for the sarcastically challenged)

  • pooby

    I’m sure Tyson can relate to Jones’ problems, but he is the LAST person to be giving Jones advice.

  • Mike’s been through the ringer. I doubt anyone knows better than him all the pitfalls, distractions and dangers that come with the spotlight. Everybody pretending to be your friend and pretend they have your best interest in mind when in reality all they’re interested in your money and a slice of the limelight themselves.

    • fsunoles09

      dang beat me to the punch, i was bout to say if your gonna listen to anybody about ups and downs of the fight game it would be tyson.and idk why everybody thinks he stupid or somethin he actually pretty intelligent.But tysons right he either gonna stand up or fall down, but despite me not liking jones all to much i dont think he will fall down.

  • jasondecipher

    Anyone can say anything talk s#!t all you want Tyson was broke after losing it all to stupidity but he learned & either way people pay to see him. Landen a role in hangover I mean if the put Tyson’s face on a mug w a stupid quote that shit sells. Love them or hate they’re probably bringing in more doe than you. “Money is not everything homie but its up there with oxygen” & whoever is up there makes a good case for TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN. As long as they don’t make the same mistakes or fall into bad habits. As much as I hate well sorry I mean dislike Flava Flav he still lands those commercials that are cheesy & girls that are sleazy

  • Maine2Alaska

    If John Jones was white Tyson wouldnt have **** to say about him.