Jon Jones reflects on controversies: “My character gets too drunk”

"I focus on my good traits, that’s probably the reason why..."

After a string of controversies that culminated last months arrest, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones now looks back at his actions. 

When thrust into the spotlight, a top-level athlete can at times succumb to the pressures and pitfalls of fame. While it can be wise to separate the sports achievements from the athletes personal life, the two are often interlinked. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and unfortunately has a hard time distancing himself from numerous controversies.

Last month Jones was arrested for DWI, amongst other charges. It was, unfortunately, hardly the first time he has found himself in trouble with the law for this reason.

In a recent response to a fan on Twitter, Jones reflected on his own character and what his controversial actions say about him.


“Yes, I guess my character gets too drunk when he drinks,” Jones said in response. “I’m not going to allow that to outweigh all the awesome things about myself. Some people only focus on what they want I guess. I focus on my good traits, that’s probably the reason why I thrive every year”

Jones was arrested for a DUI in 2012, and for a hit-and-run incident in 2015. He was also involved in a violent altercation with longtime rival Daniel Cormier at a 2014 press conference leading up to their bout.

The last time Jones competed was at UFC 247 where he faced Dominick Reyes. It was a close, tightly contested bout that went to the judges scorecards. In the end Jones won via unanimous decision, though many people felt that Reyes deserved the win.

What do you think that Jon Jones controversies¨say about his character?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for