Jon Jones may not have been satisfied with his win over Ovince Saint Preux, but between his legal issues and a 15-month layoff, he had plenty of obstacles to overcome to make it to UFC 197. However, none of those obstacles were more significant than the one that struck close to home just days before Jones made his UFC return.
“In my last fight, I had a lot of stuff stacked up against me,” Jones said Wednesday at a UFC 200 press conference in New York. “A lot of you guys don’t really realize what’s been going on in my personal life. My mom is in a real bad position. She’s really losing a fight to diabetes right now. She got her leg cut off the same week of my fight, so that really messed with me a lot.
“I was in jail the same month of my fight. Just going through a lot of stuff, man. I hadn’t fought in over 15 months, and everybody is talking about my performance being so bad. I got punched twice. I won by unanimous decision. So if that’s a bad performance with the level that people expect from me, it’s really not a bad problem to have. I went out there and I didn’t feel comfortable in the Octagon and I still absolutely dominated that fight.”
Jones has rarely talked about his mother, Camille Jones, and her struggle with diabetes. Last year, Indianapolis beat writer Bob Kravitz reported that diabetic retinopathy had caused Camille Jones to lose a majority of her vision. The amputation of her leg during UFC 197 fight week marks the latest tragic development in her battle for her health.
While the situation was hard, Jones persevered to pick up the win he desperately needed at UFC ….View full article
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