Jon Jones, set free by a DUI.
"I believe in some cases MMA fans, and just fans of sports in general, have short memories. I actually believe my DUI set me free in some ways. It set me free from a lot of fan expectation. I was definitely coming into a sport as a young man trying to be perfect for people, and that's why people call me fake. I wasn't doing myself justice at all. I was kind of living miserably trying to be the golden boy for the UFC. So my DUI, it was terrible to get behind the wheel of a car while I was already under the influence, it was a bad decision, but it set me free. Now people know, yeah, I will drink on occasion, and I am a 25-year-old guy who does dumb stuff."
-- Oh boy. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has been a prisoner for much of his career, especially since winning the title from Mauricio Rua in March 2011. A prisoner to the money, to the fame, to the spoils that go to young celebrities prone to make mistakes. And he made them, too, getting popped for a DUI earlier this year while drinking and hitting strip clubs with a pair of female friends. But it was this mistake, above all others, that truly set him free, as he explained to UFC color man Joe Rogan in an interview during the UFC 152 preliminary card broadcast on FX last night (Sept. 22, 2012) from Toronto. As for what that means, his explanation is a bit shaky. He says he knows it was wrong, which should be the most blatantly obvious thing in the history of time, but he also said it was good because now people know he'll drink and do dumb stuff because he's a 25-year-old man who does dumb stuff. Does that make any sense at all to you, Maniacs?