The influx of opinions has been plentiful since Jon Jones was arrested last month for DUI and pleaded guilty in order to avoid increased punishment. However, few of the light heavyweight champion’s peers have offered up their thoughts on Jones’ situation whether to show compassion or even condemn his behavior.
That recently changed when Dominick Cruz, Chad Mendes, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, Jason Miller, and Cain Velasquez sat down with SportsNet’s UFC Central to discuss Jones’ run-in with the law where the support for their fellow Mixed Martial Artist was abundant.
“It was a little bit sad cause Jon Jones is a really nice guy with me,” said UFC heavyweight title-holder Dos Santos. “He’s really nice, I like him. He’s a really good talent in this sport. If I could give advice I’d say to him, ‘Don’t drink anymore.’”
Meanwhile, Mir remained reflective, pointing to Jones’ ability to use the adversity to grow as a man.
“We all fall down, but the point is we get back up and you march forward and you acknowledge what you did,” explained Mir. “We’re not perfect. As long as there is humility and an aspiration to be a better person, and to learn from your mistakes, that’s what people want to see.”
Jones is currently scheduled to defend his belt against Dan Henderson in September. The 24-year old champion is not expected to serve any time behind bars assuming he meets the conditions of his plea bargain.
Check out the complete segment below featuring all of the fighters’ takes:
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