The fact is Jon Jones is one of MMA’s biggest screw ups. Throughout the last half of a decade, Jones has been on the receiving end of scrutiny due to countless controversies. Setting aside his most recent picogram scandal, UFC 235 sets up Jones fighting two times in a row, without a dark cloud of problems following him around.
It has been unbelievably long since the last time Jon Jones has fought two times in a row, with no issues. The last time this happened was when he fought Alexander Gustaffasson, and Glover Texiera; September, 2013 and April, 2014. So much has changed since we last experienced this, it would be nice to reminisce about that era.
September, 2013 would mark the series finale of hit show Breaking Bad. In October, Wladimir Klitschko defended his heavyweight belt against Alexander Povetkin, while in November, the second Hunger Games movie premiered. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams was also released in November, 2013; while December saw UFC Welterweight GOAT, Georges St-Pierre announce his indefinite hiatus from the sport, lasting until 2017.
February was a good time for the world, as Scotland legalized same sex marriage, while come March, we would see Conor McGregor take out Diego Brandao, in front of a home crowd in Ireland, solidifying him as a star in the making. A few months after Jones vs Texeria, we would see the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, and “Gangnam Style” became the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube.
A lot of things have changed over the years, since Jones was any sort of upstanding fighter. Hopefully, following UFC 235 this weekend, things will change again, and we will see less and less controversy surrounding this great fighter.