Jon Jones has a long history of getting into trouble outside of the cage and currently finds himself hitting the headlines for all the reasons again after being charged with battery relating to an incident at a strip club, so it’s little wonder that UFC President Dana White is always ready for bad news when it comes to the light-heavyweight champion.
“It doesn’t faze me anymore,” White told reporters this week. “Every time we do a fight with Jon, I’m wondering if it’s going to be his last… it has nothing to do with money. It’s what’s going to happen outside the Octagon […] He’s in trouble right now.”
Nevertheless, White still admires what he’s able to do when he steps into the cage.
“If you look at the lifestyle he’s lived the last seven, eight years of his life, and what he comes in the Octagon and does,” White said. “He just fought Thiago (Santos), who’s a (expletive) animal, and wants everything Jones has, stood in there – I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of more damage to one knee in my life. (Santos) fought and was still kicking with the leg, and Jon Jones beat him. It’s unbelievable how good Jon Jones really is. It’s the minute he steps out of the Octagon, you never know what’s going to happen.”
However, though White is well aware of Jones’ past transgressions, he’s keeping an open mind about the latest allegations against him.
“There’s two sides to the story,” White said. “And the truth is somewhere in the middle, I’m sure.”