As I’m sure everyone is well aware of by now, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was in and out of jail for a hit-and-run in Albuquerque. There is still a lot we don’t know about the situation and it would be unfair to speculate about the specific details at this point. But one thing is clear; Jones doesn’t have his life together.

Granted Jones is 27, still a very young man, but he is old enough to know the difference between right and wrong at this point in his life. Regardless of what happens to him from here on out, there should be no sympathy. Jones is a grown man and it’s time he started acting as such.

I get that fame and money can alter a person’s life, but at the end of the day, they still need to be held to the same standards as everyone else.

This is now the second serious incident he has been linked to this year and we are only four months in. How much slack is too much? Obviously we are seeing what happens when there is no fear of disciple with Jones.

Had the UFC dropped the hammer on him when the December drug test results came to life, then I doubt we would be having this conversation. Granted Jones didn’t violate in rules from a technical standpoint, but a positive test is a positive test. That test highlighted the fact that Jones has a problem.

The UFC had another chance to step in after Jones left rehab after just 24 hours. Again, maybe Jones isn’t a drug addict, but this should have been where the UFC stepped in to get Jones back on track. They couldn’t force him to stay in rehab, but they certainly could have mandated some kind of ongoing outpatient treatment to help him address his issues.

Now, once again, the ball is in the UFC’s court. UFC 187 is less than a month away and Jones is still scheduled to headline the event. They need to act quickly and harshly at this point. Jones’ maturity level has become an issue and it is going to start affecting the UFC’s brand.

The UFC needs to let the situation unfold a little more and they need to get Jones’ side of the story. But if all is true that seems to be true, he should be suspended and pulled from the card. This would disappoint a lot of fans, but it’s what needs to be done at this point.

There is something going on in Jones’ life that is greatly affecting him. He needs help and the best help for him would be a firm hand from the UFC.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.