As he prepares to return from his second drug test related suspension, Jon Jones claims that he’s turned the corner and will be in top form when he faces Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232.
Jones would have a fight of the year level showdown with Gustafsson at UFC 165, and the former light heavyweight champion told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he was at the peak of his partying in 2013, and that he will be a different fighter come December 29th.
“The guy that fought Gustafsson the first time was right in the heyday of all his crap, as far as just being a party boy, mainly,” Jones said. “Being on top of the world; not many things have happened to my life at that point.
“Opposed to the guy that you see now, I feel like I’ve been through a lot. I’ve learned a lot. And I just feel like I appreciate the sport a lot more than used to. Having it be taken away from you and losing it, it teaches you how much it means to you. And this sport does mean a lot to me, I was extremely sad without it.”
“Now that I have the opportunity to be back here in the UFC, I feel like I will treat it with so much more respect,” Jones said of his third chance with the organization.
“I don’t feel like I have anything to prove,” Jones said of his UFC 232 return against Gustafsson. “I just have something to remind everybody, and that’s who I am in this sport and what I am capable of.”
Transcribed by Bloody Elbow