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Jon Jones: I’ve conquered a lot of my ‘demons’ and want that belt back

Jon Jones says that he has grown as a person and can’t wait to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title.

Inside the Octagon, it’s been relatively smooth sailings for Jon Jones. His issues outside of the cage, however, paint an entirely different story.

Jones, who defended the UFC light heavyweight title nine times with relative ease, was widely considered the best pound-for-pound talent in the world. But alcohol, partying and reckless driving almost put an end to his career.

‘Bones’ admitted to getting ‘blacked-out wasted’ just one week before his fights and was almost put behind bars in Albuquerque, New Mexico after his involvement in a hit-and-run incident last year.

Speaking on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Thursday, the Jackson-Wink fighter believes he has conquered most of his demons and put his troubling past behind him.

“I seriously have been working on my personal life tremendously, and I seriously feel as of right now, I feel amazing,” Jones said (transcribed by MMA Junkie). “I feel better now today than I did when I was beating everybody’s ass and sponsored by the world. I literally feel better today because I feel I’ve conquered a lot of demons in my personal life.”

Jones was originally stripped of the official LHW belt after news got out of his hit-and-run, but the Rochester-born fighter returned at UFC 197 to take home the interim title after beating Ovince Saint-Preux in the main event.

Jones was then scheduled for a championship rematch with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 but was pulled from the pay-per-view after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The 29-year-old phenom was subsequently suspended for one year by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and says he can’t wait to reclaim the belt.

“I’m excited to go back and get my baby (the belt),” Jones said. “No one has spoken to me about whether I get an immediate shot or whether they make me fight at least once or twice before. I have no clue what they are actually planning on doing. I literally haven’t spoken to Dana White since fight week of UFC 200.”

Jones isn’t eligible to return until July, next year and says the best is yet to come.

“I feel like my best has yet to come, and I’m in a position to really touch a lot of people and inspire a lot of people from where I came from. Doing it for other people motivates me probably more than doing it for myself.”

Since his suspension, Jones has been stripped of the interim light heavyweight title and removed from the official UFC rankings.