Former UFC women's bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate, shared some of her thoughts on former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' latest arrest.
Tate spoke with MMA Mania's Shakiel Mahjouri and responded with the following when asked what she thought about Jones being apprehended by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers in the early morning hours of Friday, September 24 on domestic violence charges, while offering him some potentially helpful advice.
“It is so disheartening,” Tate said. “Jon Jones, we can give him all the compliments for his accolades and he deserves that, but there's just a lot of unforgivable things that he’s done throughout the history of his career. At least in the limelight that we know of. It’s really tough to separate, I think it’s getting more difficult for fans to separate the two. To just be a fan of him as a fighter and not recognize the other things he does as a human being that kind of tarnish that. Who should be in charge of Jon Jones? Jon Jones should be in charge of Jon Jones. There’s nobody else that we should be looking at. It’s not his fiancee's fault, it’s not his parents’ fault at this point. He’s a grown-ass man. He’s a grown-ass man and he needs to be responsible. I would like to consider myself an acquaintance-slash-friend [of his]. I don’t wish anything ill toward Jon Jones. I know I have pissed him off before with my comments, but if I had any advice for the man, from the bottom of my heart, it would be to stay away from those things that cause you that potential fallout. Whether that be alcohol, whether it be certain kinds of drugs, I don’t know. If it’s an atmosphere [or] if it’s Las Vegas. If you need to walk out of the room when you’re upset and take an hour before you come back and talk to your partner. I don’t know what his Kryptonites are, but I think he has to be strong enough and have the mental fortitude to recognize those and stay the hell away from him. That’s how he’s going to keep himself out of trouble. Nobody can do that but him — Dana White cannot get one of those little kiddy leashes and follow him around all day long. It’s not Dana White’s fault. You can’t do that. He has to recognize what his problems are, Kryptonites are, and steer clear. I hope he can do that but I won’t be one holding my breath because you can’t even be surprised by it anymore.”
Tate is coming off of a successful return to fighting, after stepping away from mixed martial arts for five years. She defeated Marion Reneau via a third-round TKO at UFC Vegas 31 in her return bout. Tate will next face Ketlen Vieira at a yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night event on November 20.