Jon Jones worked on his mental health during his absence from the UFC.
Jon Jones is regarded in many people’s minds as the best mixed martial artist of all time. He ruled the UFC light heavyweight division for a long time and now is making his move up to heavyweight. The decision to make the jump up took a lot and Jones knew he needed time to do it right. He made his decision back in 2020 and then spend three years away from the sport working on himself.
Jones not only worked on his physical self but on his mental as well. The physical is easy to see, he has clearly bulked up quite a bit for his heavyweight debut, but now he is explaining just went into his mental growth during his hiatus.
Jon Jones took the time to make himself a better man during his three years away from the UFC
Jones is preparing for his first shot at a UFC heavyweight title. The road to get here was a long one, filled with uncertainty. Jones had issues with the UFC regarding his contract and has in the past been involved in several scandals. He spoke to BT Sports following the UFC 285 press conference and explained how he feels he is the best man he can be right now.
“I’ve had lots of ups and downs in my career and I’ve learned to forgive myself for some of the dumb things that I’ve done. And I’ve received a lot of counseling and a lot of prayer, and a lot of just meditation and self-reflection,” he said. “And I feel good, you know, I’ve come to terms that all of us humans, we do dumb s–t, excuse my language. We all have skeletons in our closet and at the end of the day, it’s important for us to, especially guys in our position, to be an example of getting back on your horse, getting back on your feet, thinking of yourself in the most high regards and trying to live up to the person that we want to be and that’s where I’m at today.”
Jones seems to be in a good place mentally heading into this tough task against Ciryl Gane. The question remains, how will he look physically in the fight? Jones is an amazing athlete but many are interested to see how the weight gain and the time away affect his performance in the cage.