Bellator analyst and former referee “Big John” McCarthy didn’t hold back on his thoughts about Jon Jones’ recent DWI charge. In an nutshell, he expects “Bones” to do time for having another run-in with the law, this time involving a firearm.
“Oh, he’s going to go. On this, guaranteed he’s going to have time that he’s sitting in a cell,” McCarthy told UFC veteran Josh Thomson in a recent episode of the Weighing In podcast (transcript by BJPenn.com). “When you do the fight game, you show how good you are. You are the yin and yang when it comes to your life and your fight ability.
“You are a world champion inside the cage. Outside the cage, you’re an absolute loser.”
McCarthy went as far as stating that the UFC should take severe action once and for all. He also isn’t open to having “Bones” fight in other organizations, and plans to do everything in his power to prevent that from happening.
“If I was in charge of the UFC, I would cut him. Not only would I take his title, I would cut him,” he said. “And I’m telling you this Josh, straight up, if Bellator wanted to sign him, I would do everything I could to say, ‘Why are you doing that, don’t even think about it.’ Because all he’s going to do is bring you bad press.
“What he brings to the cage, in the end, is not going to be worth what he’s going to bring to you on the outside. Because put it this way, he’s been lucky because he hasn’t hurt somebody.
“And I don’t think Jon wants to hurt somebody,” he continued. “But he’s putting himself in positions of where he’s not in control of his faculties to the point where what happens if he hits somebody and they die?”
Jones was released from custody a few hours after his arrest. As shown on video during the arrest, he is claiming to deal with both ADD and anxiety issues.