Jon Jones has undoubtably battled his demons in his personal life as he overcame addiction to make his return to the Octagon at UFC 197 on April 23rd.
While Jones is in a good place now, after his hit-and-run accident a year ago that lead to him being stripped of the UFC light heavyweight championship, the pound for pound king admitted that he wanted to retire from MMA and disappear.
He spoke to RollingStone:
“I wanted to retire. I wanted to quit. I wanted to go away. I wanted to move to Mexico. I wanted to erase my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook so no one would be able to see me,” he says. “I wanted to never do an interview again. I wanted my fans to think, ‘What ever happened to Jon Jones?’ I wanted to disappear from celebrity life all together.”
“It was a reality check,” he says. “That’s really what it all boils down to for me. It was the day that I realized that life wasn’t all fun and games, there are consequences for your actions.”
Jones now meets Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of UFC 197 for the interim UFC light heavyweight championship in nearly two weeks!