After his latest run-in with the law for a moving violation, Jon Jones spent a couple of nights behind bars for violating his probation. And while he sat in a cell, a lot of people openly wondered why he doesn’t just hire a full-time driver.
Well, the UFC’s former light heavyweight champion has done just that. He admitted as much on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.
And his longtime coach in Albuquerque, Greg Jackson -- who made an appearance on the same show -- thinks that Jones emerged from the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center not only with a chauffeur, but with a with intense concentration.
"He’s really focused," Jackson told Ariel Helwani. "It was an unfortunate situation. Everybody kind of being a fault a little 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 forced to be reckoned with. He’s really focused right now.
"It was not a really good thing, but he’s not physically injured, he doesn’t have anything wrong, he just made a mistake and maybe said some things he shouldn’t have. It was just a bad situation all the way around. He got in trouble, refocused, came out, and that’s the part I like. He’s focused. He’s got a driver now, everything should be fine."
Among the new conditions Jones agreed to for violating his probation was that he get permission from his probation officer to drive his vehicle. Jones was put on probation after a 2014 hit-and-run incident. He was also cited in February for driving without a license, proof of insurance and registration.
He was issued five tickets in his latest incident, primarily for drag racing. The situation was exacerbated when Jones and the officer engaged in a back-and-forth, in which Jones -- being taped via the police officer’s body cam -- could be heard calling him a "liar" and a "pig."
Jackson said cooler heads should have prevailed on both sides, but especially with Jones.
"It was just an unfortunate situation," Jackson said. "Jon wasn’t really drag racing. The officer involved thought he was drag racing, and instead of deescalating that situation, both kind of escalated it.
"I would have liked, especially with Jon, he’s got a lot of pride -- somebody jumps on Jon he’s going jump back. So it just escalated to where I thought it didn’t need to go. So, deescalating stuff would have been a little bit nicer, but hindsight is 20/20."
With Daniel Cormier suffering an injury, Jones will now fight Ovince St. Preux at UFC 197 on April 23 for the interim light heavyweight title. Though his camp has had its share of tumult, Jackson said Jones is dialed in on his new opponent, and that the driver will only help keep him focused on what needs to be done.
"Oh yeah," he said. "I just want him to focus on fights, 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."