What happens to young, talented combat sports champions who take over the world and make boku bucks in the process?
Just ask "Iron" Mike Tyson.
The pugilist formerly known as
Robin Givens husband "Kid Dynamite" was one of the baddest men on the planet prior to his rape conviction in 1992. That, coupled with a handful of high-profile losses, began a downward spiral that ended in ear-biting, face tattoos and bankruptcy.
And it all could have been avoided if the retired boxer had a "good support system."
That's what Tyson (via Heyman Hustle) is hoping Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has in the wake of his DWI arrest last week in Binghamton, NY.
"It depends on Jon, basically, what Jon wants to do. Number one, incidents like this, it basically turns into support system. A guy like me, when I was living my life making millions of dollars, I didn't have a support system. I had a bad support system so I received bad support. So, in an incident like this, we don't know. No one really knows Jon Jones, we just know he's a splendid fighter. We've never seen a UFC fighter like that. Wow, i just wish the best happens out of this situation. Just like so many people love him, there's very few people out there in a position to put him in a bad place. We're gonna find out from this situation if Jon Jones is gonna make us continue to love him for his great fighting and the way he carries himself, as a great individual and humanitarian, or is he gonna let the bright lights and dark shadows invade his life and be one of those rising meteors, he just flies through the air and lights the world up and then he dies down in the moment. I hope not, because we all respect Jon and Jon appears to be a very nice guy and respectable guy. I just hope the best for him because I've been through those situations before. I'm pretty dark in my life. I come from a dark place. Wow, I just hope the best for Mr. Jon. Take care champ."
The "Bones" camp insists the young phenom will "be a man" and "stand up like a man" following his first major slip-up, which drew the ire of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans and UFC President Dana White.
Hear Tyson break it all down after the jump.
To get all the latest details on Jones' pending DWI case click here.