Drugs have really halted Jon Jones’ career over the past few years, especially his cocaine use.
Despite the negative effect on his career, Jones hasn’t been shy about bringing it up. During a UFC press conference in May, he told Cormier that he beat him in January 2015 “after a weekend of cocaine.” And, in a new interview with Bleacher Report, the former UFC champ and pound-for-pound best opened up about his past cocaine use… and didn’t appear to seem to regretful about it.
He says that he’s witnessed other people — much more famous than him — using cocaine and feels like it’s not that big of a deal.
“As far as me doing coke before a fight, that’s not me trying to be a bad guy,” Jones explained. “That’s me frickin’ doing a bump — you know, at a party. The truth of the matter is, you’d be surprised how many people have done coke. I’ve been around some of the greatest athletes in the country. Athletes with a lot bigger names than me do coke. But people don’t talk about it.”
“I just like to have a good time, man,” he continued. “If you can afford to smoke a little weed, and do a little coke, and still win world titles, who’s to tell you you can’t? I understand these things are illegal. And once you get caught doing it, it’s humiliating. But at the same time, I’m not an addict or anything like that. You don’t see me walking around weighing fucking 100 pounds with my teeth rotting out and scabs all over my face.”
Jon Jones is slated to fight Cormier again on July 29th at UFC 214.
Read his full interview with Bleacher Report here.