Dana White Calls Jon Jones “Unfixable”
Speaking recently on The Jim Rome Show, UFC President, Dana White fielded questions from the talk show host regarding Jon Jones. White claimed that money wasn’t the driving force behind Jones’ troubles, but that they exacerbated his already wild personality.
“I don’t know. He’s not a ‘just about the money’ type guy. He’s really not that kind of guy. I just think that Jon likes to party and he’s a guy that likes to go out and have fun and do whatever it is that he does, and I think the money and the fame made it a thousand times worse.
“This guy couldn’t control himself and would completely go off the deep end. I’m not sitting here acting like Mr. Holier-than-thou, we’ve all gone and had fun and probably partied a little too much here and there, but he consistently, consistently kept doing it. Even when he would completely f**k up, he would pull himself together and come out and completely f**k up again. Even this last time when he came back, fans forgave and he was the most popular fighter and everybody wanted to see this guy succeed, and he did it again. It’s just unbelievable.”
Jones is staring down a four year suspension due to a second failed drug test following his defeat of Daniel Cormier at UFC 212. In 2016, Jones failed his first drug test prior to his planned fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, ultimately getting suspended for a year..
Jones has also been dealing with legal troubles prior to the two failed drug tests. Starting in 2012, Jones was arrested on DWI charges in upstate New York but was given no jail time. Then, in 2015, Jones plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received 18 months probation. More recently in 2016, Jones was arrested for violating his probation after being pulled over for drag racing. Jones would go on to accept a plea deal in this case, again avoiding jail time. White says these problems are more a bigger indicator of Jones; mindset, because the consequences are more severe. When faced with actions that could put him in prison, Jones kept doing “whatever it is that he does,” leading White to tell Rome that Jones cannot do better, calling the former champion “unfixable.”
“Even worse than that, this guy was looking at jail time. This judge gave him another shot and this guy was looking at some serious jail time and a lot of bad stuff and that still didn’t wake him up. If that’s not a wake-up call, you’re unfixable.”
Jones doesn’t agree with White’s assessment, as the former light heavyweight champion posted an Instagram video of him hitting mitts with the hashtags “Day 1” and “Pick Yourself Up and Start Again”.