Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will finally return to action this weekend. Facing Ovince St-Preux in the UFC 197 main event on Saturday April 23, “Bones” has not seen octagon action in more than 15 months now.
The youngest champion in UFC history saw some major problems in his personal life last year, and they were laid bare for the world to see. It all started with a failed drug test before his UFC 182 title fight with Daniel Cormier, and rapidly spiralled out of control.
Jones was admitted to a drug rehab clinic in a comical PR stunt after it was leaked that he was found with cocaine in his system. The recreational drug was detected during a drug screen before his fight with “DC” and yet wasn’t released until weeks after they fought in Las Vegas.
Then came the infamous New Mexico hit-and-run. “Bones” left a pregnant woman injured and trapped in her vehicle when his rental car smashed in to her during an early morning joy ride.
He was stripped of his title and left exiled by the UFC while his legal troubles became too heavy to ignore. For the young Jon Jones, it seems the temptation of the fast life was simply becoming too much, and it wa having a huge impact on the potential he shows in the arena of combat.
Future light-heavyweights will have Jones as the standard to aspire to, as the most dominant champion in the division’s history. But all this success does not come without hard work, and at the expense of some training partners’ health…