Jones got into a lot of trouble in the past, mainly with USADA test failures and hitting a pregnant women’s car with one of his own, but Jones now feels all of those problems are in the past.
“I do feel like the storm is behind me,” Jones said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “It has been an interesting journey and I’ve learned so much. I’m just grateful. I’m grateful to have had all the lessons that I’ve been able to learn. I’m grateful that god has kept me through all of it and allow me to grow so much through it all. Yeah, I think my best days are still ahead of me. I feel like I’m just now really getting into a nice groove about what it means to be a father and a professional athlete and a person with great responsibility, and I’m excited about this and I feel like I’m stepping into it well.”
There hasn’t been many legal issues surrounding Jones as of late, with one of the last being the moving of UFC 232 from Nevada to California after an issue with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC).
The light heavyweight champion doesn’t promise to be a perfect person in the future, but Jones is going to try to be the best person he can be.
“You can never promise anything in life,” Jones said. “You just never know what twists and turns life is going throw at you. But I do feel like I’m on a great track and I’m excited to just continue to elevate and just be the best person that I can be and try to help as many people as I can help. I’ve never been more excited for my future. I’m really excited for my future. I see nothing but great things coming in my future.”
UFC 247 takes place on Saturday, February 8 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas with Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.