Jon Jones’ renowned striking coach, Mike Winkeljohn, still believes that the fighter’s future is bright, but he clearly doesn’t care for some of the people “Bones” has been socializing with.
While the UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion has been booked to fight Anthony Johnson on May 23rd, it wasn’t long ago when Jones was making headlines, after he tested positive for cocaine metabolites leading into UFC 183. Jones went on to decision Daniel Cormier on January 3rd, but the drug scandal prompted many to question “Bones'” mindset in recent months.
Well, Winkeljohn appeared on a recent edition of “The MMA Hour”, and while he doesn’t believe Jones has a drug problem, he did say the following (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“No, he doesn’t have a problem,” said Winkeljohn. “He parties. In my opinion, it’s definitely not an addict type of thing at all. I think he sometimes finds himself hanging out with idiots.”
“Well, it’s disappointing,” he said. “There’s no doubt about it. It’s disappointing that he’d be partying before a fight. With that being said, I don’t think it helped him in the fight, I think it probably hurt him in the fight, because partying…it’s taking away from his focus, and he’s not rehabbing the way he should. But, the main thing about it is, okay, now it’s out there, he did it, we got to fix it, he’s got to overcome it and be better for it. It’s so hard. I’m kind of like the older uncle yelling at him all the time.”
Winkeljohn noted that he still believes in Jones’ legacy, and also relayed that the ridiculously talented fighter has begun doing some light training for his next fight. In the past, Jones has reportedly stayed out of the gym in between training camps.
The coach also heaped praise on Jones and his ability to perform techniques on command, like a “video game.”
Jones-Johnson will headline UFC 187 which will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.