Controversy continues to follow UFC light heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound best Jon Jones.

For those who do not remember, Jones was thrust into the spotlight after he and current number one contender Daniel Cormier got into a little scuffle in the lobby of the MGM Grand during a media appearance in August.  Foreheads were touched, fists were flung and the entire MMA community hung their heads in shame as two of their biggest stars drew the ire of the entire sporting world.

However, according to UFC welterweight Colby Covington, who roomed with Jones during their time on the Iowa Central Community College wrestling team, this act of aggression from the champion was nothing he hadn’t seen before.

During an appearance on the popular MMA Roasted podcast, Covington, who was last seen earning a submission victory over Wagner Silva Gomes at UFC Fight Night 56, revealed Jones would often get into brawls during his college days with some of the town locals.

“We got into a lot of trouble,” revealed Covington. “When you’re in a small town in Iowa, a lot of kids are farm kids and they always wanted to start some stuff with the wrestlers and I was a national champ in college and Jon was a national champ, so they’d always try to pick fights at our house parties and stuff. We would just clear out the place of a bunch of townies. Especially Jon. He’d be throwing people through windows and stuff. He was nuts. He has a bad temper, when he gets mad, he gets mad.

“This one time we were by the stairs and this one guy was jumping down the stairs on me. I was picking him and double legging him and Jon had like three guys on the ground. It was nuts. They were vicious, violent attacks.”

Jones (20-1), currently the number one ranked light heavyweight and number one pound-for-pound fighter according to the official UFC fighter rankings, is scheduled meet Cormier in their main event title fight at UFC 182 in January. The two were originally expected to settle their differences at UFC 178 in September before a knee injury forced Jones off the card. He will enter this bout with several UFC light heavyweight records under his belt, including most successful title defenses (7), most consecutive title defenses (7), most submission victories (5) and longest winning streak (11).

Listen to the entire segment with Covington, as well as UFC middleweight Luke Barnatt and Marina Shafir on the latest episode of MMA Roasted below:

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