Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 18 months, it is clear that former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has some issues. While – at only 28 – he may already be considered the greatest MMA fighter of all-time, Jones’ personal life has been spiraling out of control. So much so that following a positive out-of-competition drug test for cocaine in December of 2014 and a felony hit-and-run accident in April of 2015, the UFC stripped Jones of his title for disciplinary reasons.

Now, here we are nearly a year after the hit-and-run and Jones still hasn’t figured out how to keep his nose clean so to speak. After being sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation Jones has twice received traffic citations; the first a ticket for driving without a license, registration and proof of insurance and most recently five additional citations that included a ticket for drag racing. That last ticket found Jones in an ugly verbal altercation with an office and arrested for probation violation.

The great news is Jones finally – really can’t believe it took this long – hired a full-time driver. Jones announced that Lou Giordano, his nutritionist, will also serve as his full-time driver ahead of UFC 197. It’s a smart move and I applaud him for finally coming to the realization that he doesn’t need to be behind the wheel of a vehicle, but what happens after April 23? What happens after Jones defeats Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197?

Jones has proven time and time again that he can’t make good choices outside of the Octagon. It is time for the UFC to step up to the plate and help him get his life together. Jones is one of the sport’s biggest stars and the UFC owes it to him to make sure he doesn’t end up as a cautionary tale to young fighters.

At just 28, Jones has a lot of good, marketable years left and the UFC would be doing their brand a disservice by not helping him get on the right path. It makes good business sense and more importantly it is the right thing to do on a personal level.
Exactly what course of action is needed at this point is unclear, but something needs to happen. Whatever intervention is needed or prescribed, the UFC needs to be driving the bus to ensure Jones is getting the help and more importantly the support he needs to succeed long term. Not just as a fighter but as a person.

Up until this point Jones’ issues have been relatively minor – a DUI single car accident, drug use, a minor injury hit-and-run – but eventually his luck is going to run out and he is going to be the cause of something horrific. Jones hiring a driver is a good start, but that doesn’t get at the heart of his poor decision making. It’s up to someone outside of Jones’ immediate circle to step in and right the ship.

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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.

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  • uniquename72

    I thought it was great a few years back when one of the Ultimate Fighter contestants (a finalist, I believe) got drink and stupid, and Dana threw him off the show for being too immature to be a fighter.

    Now Dana enables garbage like John Jones. It’s sad. The fans deserve better and more importantly, the sport deserves better.