Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, had a pretty rough 2017, thanks to the passing of his mom and the loss of his 205-pound title. And since he’s constantly surrounded by idiots and cliffs, it was probably best for “Bones” to get the heck out of
That’s why the former pound-for-pound great checked himself into the Guest House in-patient facility in Ocala, Florida, at the end of June, according to his conversation with ESPN, where he worked side-by-side with counselors and psychiatrists.
“They taught me how to deal with my mom’s death and the loss of my career. My mom died in June [of 2017] and then I lost my title in August, so those are two devastating losses, and I found myself in a pretty deep depression, so I went to seek professional help. I’m really glad I did because I feel so much better now. I regained my happiness. I had to relearn how to love myself as a father, as a husband, as a brother and as a friend. I had to get back to being Jonathan Jones, and I had to learn how to put Jon “Bones” Jones -- I had to learn how to differentiate the two. And that’s when I became happy again. Just getting back to remembering all the things that I had to be happy about, like my family and my beautiful daughters. That’s what really makes me happy.”
He was even happy when this happened.
Not long after his mom passed away, Jones flunked his United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test in the wake of his UFC 214 knockout win over Daniel Cormier, leading to a truncated suspension from combat sports.
That’s all water under the bridge at this point, as “Bones” has been booked to rematch Alexander Gustafsson at the upcoming UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) event this December in Las Vegas, Nevada, with “DC” staying put at heavyweight.
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