Go ahead and file this one under ‘better late than never.’ On the heels of a controversial traffic stop which resulted in five traffic tickets and a violation of his probation, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has enlisted the services of his nutritionist, Lou Giordano, to also serve as his full-time driver ahead of UFC 197 on April 23.
“I have him here and he’s driving me between every practice all day, even at night now,” Jones said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I figured I’d take getting in trouble out of the police’s hands by simply not driving.”
Jones challenges Ovince Saint Preux for the interim UFC light heavyweight title this month at UFC 197 in Las Vegas, NV.
While he is widely considered the No.1 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, Jones and the road have a tenuous history together that stretches all the way back to 2012, when Jones first crashed his Bentley Continental GT into a pole in New York and subsequently pled guilty to DUI charges.
That trouble wormed its way back into Jones’ life last month, when body camera footage captured Jones calling officer Jason Brown of the Albuquerque Police Department a “f*cking liar” and a “pig” during a heated traffic stop that ended up with Jones receiving five tickets, including one for drag racing.
“There’s a pattern throughout my career,” Jones said. “I’ve never gotten into a street fight, nothing crazy. It’s always been something behind the wheel. So, by simply not driving, I’m pretty positive that there won’t be any issues coming up in my life, especially (with my) sobriety as well. I’ve failed some drug tests in the past and I’ve gotten some traffic issues in the past. Now that I’m sober, now that I’m just not going to drive anyone for ….View full article
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