Following a week-long windfall of absolute frenzy surrounding Jon Jones’ latest vehicle-related offense, it looks like the oft-troubled former UFC champion has finally gotten himself the driver everyone believes he should have years ago.
After he was ticketed for five separate misdemeanor offenses including drag racing in Albuquerque, New Mexico two weeks ago, Jones was arrested for a probation violation of the 18-month term he was handed for the now-infamous hit-and-run charges that dealt a 25-year-old pregnant woman a broken arm in 2015. Jones was ordered to do 60 additional hours of community service and attend anger management and driving courses, yet the collective MMA world just didn’t seem to believe he would be able to stay out of trouble behind the wheel, and for good reason.
However, news has arrived today that his team has taken a big step to at least preventing that from happening before his short-notice interim title fight against Ovince St. Preux at UFC 197. According to Jones’ longtime head coach Greg Jackson on today’s edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Jones finally now has a driver and has a singular focus on the fight game alone:
“He’s really focused. It was an unfortunate situation with everybody kind of being at fault a bit, but ultimately the responsibility is Jon’s. So it was a bad situation, but he came out of there really focused, really positive. That’s the thing with Jon, as long as he’s razor focused, he’s a force to be reckoned with, and he’s really focused right now. It was not a very good thing, but he’s not physically injured, he doesn’t have anything wrong, he just, he made a mistake and maybe said things he shouldn’t have, yeah it was just a bad situation all-around. He got in trouble, refocused, and came out. That’s the part I like. He’s got a driver now, so everything should be fine.”
Jackson reiterated that Jones’ driver is a full-time one when questioned by Helwani, noting that he now needs to rise above the media circus his life has become and fixate his sights on becoming the champ once again:
“Oh yeah. Yeah, I just want him to focus on fighting. That’s what he needs to worry about. The rest of the circus, he needs to not be distracted by. He’s a warrior and he needs to focus on that.”
So Jones has finally hired the driver that could have presumably saved him so much money, bad publicity, and most importantly, legal trouble as he attempts to rebuild both his public persona and his fighting career.
Will it matter, or is ‘Bones’ simply too far gone down the path of a heel to return?