- Jon Jones is happy to have managed to redeem himself and reconcile with his family
- “Bones” is grateful for the UFC and the fans who didn’t let him run short in support amid his past troubles
Jon Jones proved that the man fight fans saw at UFC 285 was a completely changed man.
Indeed, “Bones” pulled off a spectacular performance against Ciryl Gane to become the new UFC heavyweight champion. But his redemption did not end inside the Octagon. As it turns out, Jones had also changed his ways and is now a better version of himself.
“We all have our past and thank God that he’s making me the man that I am today. Me and my family are better than we ever have been and I just thank God so much for using me to let other people see that none of us are perfect and that despite your downfalls that the sky is the limit for those who don’t give up, for those who know how to get down on their knees and pray and I thank God for this platform.
It means the world to me,” Jones told ESPN MMA during his post-fight interview.
The fans played a huge role
Jones also acknowledged the fans for their overflowing support through thick and thin.
“The fans gave me so much love tonight so much love tonight, at the weigh-ins and uh at my autograph signing I did earlier this week. I had a line all the way down the mall and I’m just so grateful for each and every one of them for seeing me for who I am and still loving me… They inspire me… People are very vulnerable with me, they open their hearts to me yeah and I’m grateful to be relatable, I’m grateful to rub elbows with people no matter how high or how low, I’m grateful.
I’m just grateful to be a man of the people. I’m very grateful for that and I think they know that they see that they do and that’s why we have such a strong relationship,” he added.
Ahead of his long-awaited UFC comeback, Jones already hinted at having reconciled with his ex-fiancée Jessie Moses, whom he allegedly hurt physically during his arrest in 2021.
Now, that Jones appears to have regained focus, he wants to prolong his reign as the heavyweight champ and solidify his legacy with a win over Stipe Miocic.