Jon Jones is in the midst of "soul-searching" after being arrested last month on felony hit-and-run charges in Albuquerque, N.M., and stripped of his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world title (read full details here).
His training partner at Jackson/Wink Academy, Carlos Condit, recently revealed that Jones has been spotted at the gym even though "Bones" is suspended indefinitely from the promotion until his legal -- and personal -- issues are resolved.
That might not be the right move, though, according to former Middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who recently told TMZ.com that Jones should just forget about mixed martial arts (MMA) and "focus" on fixing his turbulent lifestyle.
"Spider" is not alone. Several fighters, including Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier -- who will compete this weekend (Sat., May 23, 2015) for Jones' now-vacant 205-pound belt at UFC 187 -- are not about to "beg" Jones to rush back to the Octagon.
His rival, Alexander Gustafsson, went as far to claim that UFC did Jones a "favor" by dropping the hammer so that he can learn from his huge mistakes.
There is no timetable for Jones to return to UFC. In fact, his manager suggested that it might not happen ... ever.