Sean O’Malley Says Jon Jones “Blacked Out” Before Each Fight, Relied On It As An Excuse

Jon Jones, Sean O'MalleyJon Jones had a “built-in excuse” before stepping into the octagon. That’s according to Sean O’ Malley, who shared his thoughts on the former UFC light heavyweight champion on his podcast– the TimboSugarShow.  O’Malley (15-1) sat with co-host Tim Welch and YouTuber Jeff Wittek, discussing how Jones “blacked out” before each fight in order to […]

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Jon Jones had a “built-in excuse” before stepping into the octagon. That’s according to Sean O’ Malley, who shared his thoughts on the former UFC light heavyweight champion on his podcast– the TimboSugarShow. 

O’Malley (15-1) sat with co-host Tim Welch and YouTuber Jeff Wittek, discussing how Jones “blacked out” before each fight in order to have an excuse to fall back on in case he lost. 

Jon Jones said he used to get blacked out a week before every fight… just to say ‘that wasn’t me at a hundred percent,’” O’ Malley said. “Built-in excuse”. 

Jon Jones Is No Stranger To Controversy

The 34-year-old has a history with suspensions, fines and legal troubles throughout his UFC career. In May 2012, Jones was arrested and later pled guilty to DUI. In July 2016, he was removed from the UFC 200 card after testing positive for a banned substance. USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) suspended Jones for one year and he was stripped of his interim title.

His latest run-in with law enforcement came in September 2021. He was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, just hours after his 2013 fight with Alexander Gustafsson was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. 

During a 2016 interview with Joe Rogan, Jones confessed to partying a week before every fight and used it as a “safety net” throughout his UFC career. 

“One week before every fight, I would go out and I would get blacked out wasted,” Jones revealed on the Joe Rogan Experience . “My logic was ‘if this guy were to beat me somehow, I could look myself in the mirror and say that I lost because I got hammered the week before the fight.’”

Jones (26-1-1) last fought in February 2020. He earned a split-decision win against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. During his recent hiatus, Jones vacated the UFC light heavyweight title to focus on a move to the heavyweight division.

??”Jon Jones is ready to go,” White said on The Jim Rome Show. “We’re just waiting for an opponent. It’s either going to be Francis depending on how long his knee is going to take to recover or Stipe Miocic“. 

Rumors of a Jon Jones return and heavyweight debut have been swirling around for two years. He is widely regarded as the greatest light heavyweight in UFC history.

UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley is scheduled to face Pedro Munhoz at UFC 276 early next month. The co-host of the TimboSugarShow has won his last three fights by knockout.

Jon Jones Is ‘Ready to Go’ According to Dana White; Will Fight Francis Ngannou or Stipe Miocic

Jon JonesAfter more than two and a half years on the shelf, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is ready to return according to UFC president Dana White. The last time we saw Jones in action was at UFC 247 when he successfully defended his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes. That was in February […]

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After more than two and a half years on the shelf, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is ready to return according to UFC president Dana White.

The last time we saw Jones in action was at UFC 247 when he successfully defended his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes. That was in February 2020. Following the victory, ‘Bones’ vacated the title with the intention of moving up to the heavyweight division after years of dominance at 205 pounds. 

During an appearance on “The Jim Rome Show,”  Dana White stated that Jones is ready for a return to the Octagon. It’s just a matter of lining up an opponent to welcome him back.

Jon Jones is ready to go,” White said. “We’re just waiting for an opponent. It’s either going to be Francis (Ngannou), depending on how long his knee is going to take to recover, or Stipe Miocic.”

“It’s very interesting because I’m a huge believer in ring rust,” White said. “But for all the negative things you could say about Jon Jones and his personal life and things that have happened, he’s the best. He’s definitely the best of all time.”

Despite His Time Away, Jon Jones Has Stayed in The News

Despite being away from the bright lights of the UFC for the last few years, Jones has still found himself under an unsavory spotlight. In September 2021, Jones was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with misdemeanor battery domestic violence, and injuring or tampering with a vehicle. It was just another item on a laundry list of legal troubles Jones has found himself in over the past several years. 

The UFC’s current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has been out of action since his title defense at UFC 270 against Ciryl Gane. ‘The Predator’ underwent knee surgery following the bout and is slated for a late 2022/early 2023 return. Considering the very public contract dispute that Ngannou had with the UFC, it is still uncertain if that return will be in the Octagon or the squared circle.

If the UFC opts to go with Jones vs. Stipe Miocic, it would likely be to crown an interim champion, or a new undisputed champion should Ngannou opt to walk away from the promotion. 

Miocic last competed in March 2021 when he lost the heavyweight title to Ngannou via a second-round knockout.

Dana White Provides Either/Or Update On Jon Jones’ UFC Return

UFC President Dana White has provided an update on who Jon Jones could face in his heavyweight debut. Jones hasn’t fought since his final light heavyweight title defense against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in Feb. 2020. He’s been working towards a return at heavyweight after vacating the light heavyweight title. Jones and the UFC…

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UFC President Dana White has provided an update on who Jon Jones could face in his heavyweight debut.

Jones hasn’t fought since his final light heavyweight title defense against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 in Feb. 2020. He’s been working towards a return at heavyweight after vacating the light heavyweight title.

Jones and the UFC had been at odds over his contract over the past two years, but it appears that his return may not be far away.

During a recent interview on The Jim Rome Show, White gave an update on Jones’ expected Octagon return.

“Jon Jones is ready to go, we’re just waiting for an opponent,” White said of Jones. “It’s either gonna be Francis depending on how long his knee is gonna take to recover, or it’s Stipe Miocic.”

Jones had been expected to face Francis Ngannou last year after Ngannou earned the title over Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. However, Jones and the UFC couldn’t come to terms on a contract for the bout and the promotion moved on from the matchup.

Ngannou suffered a significant knee injury ahead of his fight with Ciryl Gane earlier this year at UFC 270. He is anticipating a return in December at the earliest but is also interested in a crossover fight with Tyson Fury in the boxing ring.

After Jones had expressed interest in a fight with Miocic, a matchup with Ngannou next appeared to be off the table. But now it has become apparent that the UFC still considers Ngannou to be an option for Jones’ heavyweight debut.

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Aljamain Sterling Gets Nostalgic Watching Jon Jones Coach At PFL 5

UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling knows what it’s like to get one-on-one advice from UFC legend Jon Jones. Jones made a rare public appearance this weekend at PFL 5 in Atlanta, GA on Saturday. He was one of the cornermen for PFL heavyweight and former UFC fighter Maurice Greene for his fight against Denis Goltsov….

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UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling knows what it’s like to get one-on-one advice from UFC legend Jon Jones.

Jones made a rare public appearance this weekend at PFL 5 in Atlanta, GA on Saturday. He was one of the cornermen for PFL heavyweight and former UFC fighter Maurice Greene for his fight against Denis Goltsov.

Jones got the opportunity to showcase his vast knowledge of the fight game, along with his ability to communicate and inspire his teammates, during the fight. A clip of Jones cornering Greene went viral on social media after being aired on the PFL broadcast.

Listen in on Jones’ corner work at PFL 5 below.

Many MMA fans praised Jones for the brief look into his cornering style. However, it was a tough outing for Greene who ended up losing via a unanimous decision to Goltsov.

On an Instagram post from MMA Fighting showing the corner work, Sterling reflected on a time when Jones helped him with his development early on.

“Love this version of Jones,” Sterling said. “Reminds me of my freshman year at SUNY Morrisville, and recorded and coached me, with coach. Good ol days!”

Sterling and Jones were briefly teammates at Morrisville State College in New York. Jones studied Criminal Justice before dropping out and pursuing his career in MMA.

Jones is anticipating a return to the UFC later this year, potentially against former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. The former light heavyweight champion hasn’t competed since a win over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247.

While Jones has had his fair share of controversies away from fighting, he’s had a significant impact on fighters like Sterling who have managed to make the climb towards championship gold.

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Ali Abdelaziz: Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Better Than Jon Jones ‘Outside And Inside The Cage’

Ali AbdelazizAli Abdelaziz, Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s long time manager, believes Nurmagomedov is better than Jon Jones inside and outside the cage. Abdelaziz is very outspoken about his clients and their abilities. Just the other week Abdelaziz claimed that his client, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, would defeat any of the top three light heavyweights. Including new champion Jiri […]

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Ali Abdelaziz, Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s long time manager, believes Nurmagomedov is better than Jon Jones inside and outside the cage.

Abdelaziz is very outspoken about his clients and their abilities. Just the other week Abdelaziz claimed that his client, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, would defeat any of the top three light heavyweights. Including new champion Jiri Prochazka, and former champions Glover Teixeira and Jan Blachowicz. Usman would have to jump up two weight classes to defeat those guys, leaving fight fans to doubt Abdelaziz’s claims.

Now, Ali Abdelaziz is claiming that Jones couldn’t even “tie the shoes” of Nurmagomedov.

“Khabib never had any action with USADA, none of the stuff,” he said. “Of course, Jon Jones is a great fighter, but he cannot tie the shoes of Khabib. I don’t think he can. He’s great, but I think Khabib is on a different level. He’s loved by many. I don’t think Jon Jones is a bad person, but I just don’t think all his career, he doesn’t have the right set, the right people to take care of him, to teach him wrong from right. If you gave me what Jon Jones had at 21, I’d probably walk naked in the street.” (Transcribed by MiddleEasy)

Jones has had many run ins with both the law, and USADA over the years. The latest was the domestic that Las Vegas cops were called too between him and his long time fiancé back in 2021. This led to Jones being arrested once again, and in the video he was clearly very intoxicated.

Abdelaziz also thinks ‘The Eagle‘ was far more dominant than Jones as well.

“Man, Jon Jones… When I talk about the good, the good means inside the cage, outside the cage. Khabib never had a close fight. You look at Jon Jones, the last three fights were very close fights. Khabib never had even a close fight,” he said in an interview with Sherdog.com. “Dominance, Khabib is better, undefeated. In many (areas) Khabib is better. Outside the cage, Khabib is better.”

The debate on who the “MMA GOAT” is a very subjective topic, when it comes to comparing fighters from different weight classes that have never fought against each other, or even fighters from different eras. It’s a discussion fans and media will have until the end of time. In all fairness, whether you say Silva, Nurmagomedov, Jones, or St-Pierre, you have a legitimate case to make for it.

Chael Sonnen Claims Fans Want To See ‘Fat’ Jon Jones ‘Get Beat’ In Heavyweight UFC Return

Jon JonesPast opponent of former two-time undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, has claimed that fans and onlookers are hoping to witness the Rochester native suffer defeat in his eventual Octagon return – as he plots a continued move to the heavyweight division. Sonnen, a former title challenger at both the middleweight and […]

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Past opponent of former two-time undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, has claimed that fans and onlookers are hoping to witness the Rochester native suffer defeat in his eventual Octagon return – as he plots a continued move to the heavyweight division.

Sonnen, a former title challenger at both the middleweight and light heavyweight limits during his tenure with the UFC, challenged Jon Jones for undisputed gold back in April 2013, suffering a first round knockout defeat to the then-dominant division kingpin.

Jon Jones receives even more flak from former opponent, Chael Sonnen

Sharing a stark with Jones inside and outside the Octagon – during and after their respective professional careers, Sonnen has speculated that spectators and fans are hoping to see Jon Jones suffer defeat in an expected heavyweight division excursion. 

“Hey Jon (Jones), what are you weighing?” Chael Sonnen said on his YouTube channel. “What are you weighing? Because this whole heavyweight thing, the whole heavyweight thing was only contingent on us, the audience, believing with some kind of reasonable hope that you’re finally going to get your ass kicked.”

“That’s it,” Chael Sonnen said. “We don’t need to see you at heavyweight. We don’t need to see your fat ass out there. We want to see you get beat. That’s it.” (Transcribed by Middleeasy)  

Sidelined from the Octagon since February 2020, Jones has spent over a period of two years away from active competition, as he struggles to make good on an expected heavyweight division climb.

Last time out, the former Jackson-Wink MMA staple headlined UFC 247 against multiple-time title chaser, Dominick Reyes, narrowly landing a unanimous decision win over the Hesperia native before officially vacating the light heavyweight crown in August of that year.

Linked continually with a return before the culmination of this year, the New York look-see-do fighter has been floated for a potential interim heavyweight title outing against former division pacesetter, Stipe Miocic – amid the absence of current undisputed, Francis Ngannou.