Jon Jones’ PR Team – I mean, Jon Jones (pictured) – has issued a statement after being reinstated by the UFC Friday following April’s felony hit-and-run arrest.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to resume my career and I am excited to show how much I’ve grown as a person outside of the octagon,” Jones posted on his verified Facebook page. “It took me losing almost everything I had worked for to realize how much I had. I am blessed and humbled by the continued support of the MMA community and I can’t thank my fans enough for their unwavering support through my ups and downs.
“This marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life and my career and let me assure you, the best is yet to come.”
Jones is once again saying all the right things, but we’ve heard this before from the troubled 28-year-old. Like after he promised to change after getting arrested in 2012 for a DUI when he wrapped his $190,000 Bentley around a telephone pole after a late night of partying with two females, neither of whom where the mother of his young daughters.
Or in January when he issued a mea culpa after flunking UFC 182‘s pre-fight drug test for cocaine. Jones subsequently admitted to doing coke less than a month before his highly-anticipated bout with Daniel Cormier.
So, here we are again. Jones essentially gifted a clean slate to prove himself worthy of fans’ affection. As the most decorated champ in UFC history, Jones’ skills inside the cage are undeniable. It’s his behavior outside of it that will always be in question.
The next chapter in Jones’ successful, yet controversial, career will be about recapturing the belt the UFC stripped from him after his latest legal mishap. He is currently negotiating his return to action with the UFC.
It is believed Jones will get an immediate crack to reclaim his crown from Cormier, who won Jones’ vacated belt in May by beating Anthony Johnson.