UFC president Dana White and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be meeting this evening, White confirmed to the Boston Herald in a recent interview.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Jones crashed his Bentley into a pole Saturday morning at 5 a.m. and was charged with suspicion of DUI. “Bones” was later released from jail, but has only made a statement via his Facebook page in the recent days.
White, however, did not mix punches with his quotes to the paper.
It’s really sitting down and figuring out what is it you want to do. You’re 24 years old, you could be a force in this sport for the next 10 years and go down as the greatest ever – beat everybody, do all this stuff, be the first guy to break through and get a Nike deal, the first guy to get Gatorade and all these other things. Do you want to be that guy or do you want to go the other way? You can go the other way, too, and you can be the total bad guy, make a few million here or there and then go tell everybody to go, ‘(Expletive) off.’ It’s no different whether it’s the UFC, boxing, the NBA, the NFL – it’s the guys who really focus and get their (stuff) together no matter how old you are. That’s what we’ve got to figure out where Jones is at and what he wants to do.
Those are some pretty strong words from White on the subject. It will be interesting to see what develops over these next few days in regards to Jones, his future with the UFC, and any possible backlash involved.
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