UFC President Dana White is typically quick to defend his organization's fighters. Unfortunately, it seems Jon Jones has pushed White a little too far. Following Jones' arrest for a probation violation, White sat down with TMZ Sports and had this to say about Jones' behavior:
"I don't think Jon Jones is ever going to be the Jon Jones that people expect him to be. Jon is gonna do Jon. I think that Jon tried so hard to play the good guy for so long, it drove him crazy. And Jon is just gonna be Jon now."
Jones was pulled over last week for "drag racing," but vehemently denies that he was actually racing. When the cop tried to question him, Jones had some "choice words" for the officer.
As for White, he added how he handles being pulled over:
"When I get pulled over by the police, I am the most polite human being you've ever met in your life. There's no upside to talking back to the police. It's the dumbest thing you can ever do, especially if you're in Jon Jones' position."
Compounded with a statement, released by the UFC earlier, it doesn't seem as if the UFC is taking Jones' side in his legal matters. Here's the full statement:
UFC respects the decision made today by Judge Michael E. Martinez in New Mexico Second Judicial District Court regarding the probation terms of the case involving Jon Jones.
The organization was disappointed to learn that Jones was cited for several traffic offenses last week, as well as concerned by the nature and tone of portions of the conversation between Jones and the citing officer.
Still, UFC respects Jones' right to contest those traffic citations in court and receive a fair hearing on the matter.
Jones' scheduled bout on April 23 will proceed as planned, however, Jones understands that the UFC expects him to fully cooperate with the terms of his probation as set forth by Judge Martinez.
It seems as if none of this will get in the way of Jones fighting his rival Daniel Cormier at UFC 197. Surprisingly, White hasn't spoken to Jones about it.
"I haven't talked to him, honestly. He's been a little tied up since that happened."
Jones will face Cormier on April 23 in Las Vegas.