Jon Jones admits ‘it really hurts’ after being kicked out of his gym after latest arrest, while trusted coach Mike Winkeljohn called on UFC star to get his act together
- Jon Jones has said it ‘really hurts’ after being kicked out of his old gym
- Mike Winkeljohn revealed that Jones has been banned from Jackson-Wink MMA
- The coach made the decision after the UFC star’s most recent arrest
- Jones confirmed the news, saying he had a ‘heartbreaking’ conversation with Winkeljohn
Jon Jones has been candid about his heartbreak after being kicked out of his old gym after his latest arrest.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion, 34, has spent the duration of his MMA career refining his craft at Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, under the guidance of Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn.
However, Winkeljohn revealed on Wednesday that after Jones’ latest arrest for alleged domestic violence and tampering with a vehicle, he had no choice but to ban him from the gym until he got his act together.
Jon Jones says ‘it really hurts’ after being kicked out of his old gym this week
And Jones has confirmed that he’s had a “heartbreaking” conversation with his coach, and that it “really hurts” to be kicked out of his trusty gym.
“I had a heartbreaking phone call with one of my old coaches last night, it really hurts to lose the support of someone I respect so much,” he said.
“Sincere thanks to the rest of the coaches for staying in the fight with me. Our journey continues..’
Winkeljohn has been by Jones’ side throughout his career, where he has run into trouble several times, but told the MMA hour that he needed to take action after Jones’ latest arrest.
Jackson-Wink MMA chief Mike Winkeljohn (L) said Jones (2L) is suspended until he gets his act together after his latest arrest
The 34-year-old confirmed he had a ‘heartbreaking conversation’ with Winkeljohn
‘I am very disappointed. It’s tough,” he said. “The hardest part was hearing his daughter tell you to call the police.
“It’s tough from my position, I have three daughters. I have a wife and three daughters, I teach self-defense for women called Smart Girls self-defense. It only makes it difficult if he keeps getting into trouble.
“But I just had a conversation with him. I said, “Jon, here’s the deal man. You’re like my little brother. You need to stop drinking and fix these things for a while until you get back to the gym.”
“So right now he’s out of the gym. He can’t go to the gym. I felt like I had to because to ignore it and expect different results, as they say, is madness.
The American has been out of circulation for 20 months and is looking for the heavyweight title
“He has a lot of yes people around him who don’t tell him the truth. He might hate me for it, but I had to tell him the truth.
“But in my heart, God, that guy is good for greatness. And I’m not just talking about fighting. In my heart I hope Jones comes back and wins the heavyweight title, stops drinking and moves forward and do bigger things.
‘Oh my God. He’s so charismatic and so damn smart and he can sit down and break down fights and he can sit down and break down a lot of things in life. He is capable of much bigger things than just this MMA world. That’s where we are.’
Jones has not fought in the UFC since February 2020 and has spent the past 20 months transitioning into the heavyweight division.