Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and former UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones made a startling admission on The Joe Rogan Experience as he admitted that he used to get blackout drunk right before fighting in the UFC.
Arguably the greatest fighter in UFC history, Jones said that he'd use his addiction to alcohol as a crutch in the event that the lost. 15
"I had this crazy thing that I would do where I would party one week before every fight," Jones said. "And I did it throughout my whole career. And it was stupid, but it was this mental crutch that I had. I literally would, one week before every fight. I would go out and I would get blacked out wasted. And my logic was, if this guy were to beat me somehow, I can look myself in the mirror and say, the reason I lost is because I got hammered the week before the fight. I trained for the fight (against Alexander Gustafsson), but I definitely had this thing where I felt invincible. And I did a lot of wild stuff leading up to the fight. I definitely didn't give it my all. Really partying, drinking, staying up all night. My relationship with alcohol was never healthy, and I never went through a period in which I had a mature, healthy, responsible relationship with it."
Jones is not able to compete again until July 2017 at the earliest because he is serving a one year suspension for a failed drug test from USADA, the drug test even cost him a main event spot at UFC 200 against rival Daniel Cormier.