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: