According to Igor Araujo, one of Jon Jones teammates at Jacksons MMA in Alberquerque, the former light-heavyweight champion is staying positive despite a court case relating to a hit-and-run incident earlier in the year still looming over him.
“He trains every day,” Araujo told MMAfighting.com. “He’s always joking around and laughing. I spoke with him the other day and he’s cool, being positive. The coach tells us what to do and he trains normally, every single day. He’s in shape, too.”
Jones has stayed completely out of the media spotlight since acknowledging after the accident in April that he had “a lot soul searching to do.”
The 27 year old’s future remains unclear at this time due to the fact he is still facing a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving a serious injury. The charge against him was initially a misdemeanor, but was upgraded to felony status after it emerged that his victim was a pregnant woman who had broken her arm when his vehicle crashed into hers in Alberquerque on April 27th.
The last update on the case came from MMAJunkie last week, who noted that prosecutors are still waiting on two pieces of key evidence before a trial in front of a grand jury can proceed. If found guilty in court, Jones could potentially be facing up to three years behind bars.
“Nobody talks about it,” Araujo admitted. “I think he will get out of this situation. I don’t know what the justice is going to decide for his future, but he’s a champion.”