Jon Jones’ striking coach Brandon Gibson appeared on the MMA Hour Monday to discuss Jones entering rehab for drug use and more. Here are the highlights.
“I was sad. Obviously I care first and foremost for Jon as a friend, as father, fiancé, son, brother. So I was sad to hear that. He called me a couple of hours before the news was released. He didn’t find out until right before himself, and he was very apologetic about the whole situation to the whole coaching staff…I kind of wanted to ride that high a little bit of beating DC. That was a huge accomplishment for him. He put a lot of work in, and obviously this took away from that. But it definitely brought to light a more important issue that we have to face.”
What is Jones’ status as of today?
When asked how things were going with the champions?
“Some of it’s going to be outpatient follow-up stuff. So, I didn’t get too many details on that, but you know we just talked more about his process through this — and I’m going to support him through it. It’s not my job to diagnose or counsel Jon. All I can ultimately do is be there for him as a friend as he goes through this.”
With such a dominant fighter like Jones, did he see anything different with Jones heading into UFC 182:
“You know, I didn’t see any giant signs or signals through camp. Jon was probably more disciplined than he’s ever been as far as the work leading up to the DC fight. He wasn’t late for a single workout. I’d see him multiple times a day. I was more focused on his performance objectives, and I didn’t really see these signs, but maybe this brings to light some other things he’s going to have to work out.”
Jones failed a drug test prior to the UFC 182 event where he went onto defeat Daniel Cormier to retain his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Everyone has an opinion, but did the commission do right by Jones?
“Each athletic commission is different. I don’t know. I think in my place it would never be up to me to disclose so much private medical history or background or progress of someone who was even in recovery. I know there’s a silver lining to this. I know that Jon is going to come out of this a better person. He’s going to come out of it more disciplined. So as far as NSAC releasing it, or not releasing it, or even doing it after the fight was over — I don’t know how much bearing that holds. I’m just happy that at least Jon is dealing with it.”
In that fight with Cormier, Jones went to war and won a dominate five round decision over the previously undefeated fighter.
“I’m confident he’ll come out of this stronger than ever. I think he’s really going to make the most of Albuquerque being his home. We’re not going to have to call it a comeback. I think Jon’s next fight we’re going to see an even greater Jon Jones than what we saw with the DC fight. I think he’s going to continue to fight off these temptations and become a stronger man through all this.”
Jones’ next fight is not known at this time, but we wish him a speedy recovery.