Comebacking fighter and former UFC champion Jon Jones seems to be letting it all out in public. Just recently, the new and reformed Jones, admitted — and regretted that he was addicted to drug use.
“I was a guy who loved to party. I was able to win my fights and I felt as though it really wasn’t affecting me that bad. I would go out on the weekend and then on Monday morning I’d be the first guy at practice, working harder than everybody else. So, I felt as though I could get away with that.”
But with that, Jon Jones had a lot of support to help him get through the situation. Most especially during the time he was suspended by the UFC.
“I had a lot of my mentors, coaches, and friends that would tell me that. Like, ‘Jon, you party with the best of them and you still are able to be one of the top fighters in the world.’ But, at the time I really didn’t feel as if it was an issue. I was winning my fights. I had finished half of my opponents since I’d been a champion. Very few guys have gone to decision with me. Those guys were some of the top guys in light heavyweight history. So, I felt no pressure to really stop being such a wild guy because of how well everything was going.”
With all his winning, Jones admits that it went over his ego and it made him an arrogant person.
“I really developed the attitude of, ‘I can have fun and still do my job,'” said Jones.
Jones now claims that he is now drug-free and totally regretted all his actions.
“I’m honestly excited to be set free from that. It took me a long time to acknowledge that I had a little bit of a problem because I was able to take care of my family. I was able to win fights. I was able to pretty much hide it from the world, that I was smoking pot and drinking three or four days a week. I was handling my life so I didn’t think I had a problem.”
“But now that I’m completely sober, I totally had a problem.”
“I’m upset about all the hours I spent being under the influence, and all the hours I spent getting under the influence,” he said.
In Jones’ darkest times, he now feels that it was necessary for him to see the light and be appreciative on everything that he has.
“My life has changed for the better in so many different ways since this car accident. I’m grateful for it.”