Less than a month after he defeated Rashad Evans at UFC 145, Jon Jones was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole in the early morning hours of May 19 in Binghamton, New York.
As news of the wreck spread, many MMA fans gleefully celebrated Jones’ misfortune. Now the idea that there’s a large gap between Jones’ public image and private life was finally validated — the champion is fake and they knew it all along.
One man who has been a very vocal participant in the “Jones is fake” movement is Rashad Evans, the champion’s former training partner and most recent opponent. Leading up to their fight, Evans told anyone who would listen that Jones is a different man behind the scenes. But now, with their rivalry buried (or at least cooled), Evans only wishes Jones the best on his mission to get back on track, taking a more mature approach than kicking the man while he’s down.
“Honestly, it’s hard to really say if it surprised me. I just hate to see that happen to him, or to anybody for that matter,” Evans said on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight. “Some people could’ve really got hurt. Thankfully nobody did get hurt. Hopefully, he learned his lesson from it and he can continue to move on and be a great champion.”