Jon Jones' mother lost leg to diabetes prior to UFC 197Get the Full StoryThe UFC interim light heavyweight champion reveals some of the lesser-known personal difficulties he faced heading into UFC 197. While much of the focus has been on Jon Jones' anti-climactic return to the Octagon against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197, the pound-for-pound #1 wanted to explain some of the personal obstacles he faced heading into the bout.
Jones' legal troubles are well documented - the Albuquerque-based fighter pleaded guilty to hit-and-run last year and recently served jail time for an alleged drag race. What's been largely hidden from the public eye, however, is his mother's battle with diabetes.
Camille Jones has lost most of her vision to the disease and recently had her leg amputated.
"In my last fight, I had a lot of stuff stacked up against me," Jones said at the UFC 200 press conference on Wednesday, per Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting. "A lot of you guys don't really realize what's been going on in my personal life. My mom is in a real bad position. She's really losing a fight to diabetes right now. She got her leg cut off the same week of my fight, so that really messed with me a lot."
The former light heavyweight champion seized the interim title when he cruised to a unanimous decision win over OSP last Saturday. And, although Jones walked away with the win, many fans felt the championship spark from his previous bouts was missing at UFC 197.
The Jackson-Wink fighter responded to the criticism at the press conference.
"I was in jail the same month of my fight. Just going through a lot of stuff, man. I hadn't fought in over 15 months, and everybody is talking about my performance being so bad. I got punched twice. I won by unanimous decision. So if that's a bad performance with the level that people expect from me, it's really not a bad problem to have. I went out there and I didn't feel comfortable in the Octagon and I still absolutely dominated that fight."
With his win over Saint Preux, Jones will rematch long-time rival Daniel Cormier in a light heavyweight title unification bout at UFC 200. The mega-PPV takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 9th.