Leading up to Rashad Evans’ UFC 145 bout against Jon “Bones” Jones, the former light-heavyweight champ didn’t mince any words, referring to the youngest champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s history as “fake” amongst other things.
Jones went on to defeat Evans by unanimous decision at UFC 145, and the two had some sort of reconciliation afterwards.
A few weeks after his third title defense, Jones ended up getting into some trouble, getting arrested and subsequently pleading guilty to DUI. Many have been critical of Jones’ legal troubles, but Evans isn’t one of them. He reached out to his former teammate during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight.”
“Honestly, it’s hard to really say if it surprised me,” Evans said. “I just hate to see that happen to him, or to anybody for that matter. Some people could’ve really got hurt. Thankfully nobody did get hurt. Hopefully, he learned his lesson from it and he can continue to move on and be a great champion.”
At only 24 years old, Jones still has a lot of growing up to do, and his reality check should give him a new perspective on things.
“I’m truly sorry to those of you that I may have embarrassed in any way, to those of you with kids that I may have let down,” Jones stated on his Facebook page. “I will prove to them as well as to myself, that no matter what is happening in life, we can always work our way back and make things even better than before.”
I certainly don’t think Jones has a drinking problem, since it’s pretty hard to stay in the kind of shape he’s in while pounding down drinks on a regular basis. It seems like he simply made a mistake after a night of partying, and I’m sure he’ll exercise better judgment the next time he finds himself in a similar situation.
Mark Wayne, “Rashad Evans Talks Jon Jones’ DUI”
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