Things are looking worse for Jon Jones following his recent domestic violence arrest. On Wednesday, his longtime trainer Mike Winkeljohn banned the former UFC champion from the JacksonWink MMA Academy premises for the time being.
But for outside observers like former rival Daniel Cormier, things could worsen for “Bones,” considering how some of his closest people have now decided to distance themselves.
“The scariest part about this is in these moments when people who have issues start to lose the closes allies, they could go one of two ways: One way, they could go to the top and get their shit together. Or, they can actually just plummet,” Cormier said in a recent YouTube video he uploaded.
“So I think it’s gonna be very important for the people that are closest to Jones to really try to help him decide figure how he’s gonna go forward. Because this is that slippery slope.
“It’s time for wholesale changes. Because now, you’re looking at Winkeljohn’s gone, Jackson’s gone, Malki Kawa’s gone, Abraham Kawa’s gone. All of his greatest allies are starting to fall off, one by one.
“So when you’re left alone, how do you answer? And you start to hear the voices chirping. All the doubt, the questions as to how you ended up there, how do you deal with that?
“For people that have issues, they don’t normally deal with that very well. So this is a big moment for Jon Jones.”
Jones and “DC” once traded the most heated words during the build-up of their fights. Cormier had also been vocal about his dislike towards the man he’d lost to twice.
Now, all he wants is for Jones to get his life in order.
“We don’t kick people when they’re down. In all the build-up when we said nasty things about each other, talked about each other, that’s in the build. That’s whenever this guy’s on his game, he’s getting ready to fight. But when a man’s down, you don’t kick him. You wait until he’s back on his feet,” Cormier said of Jones.
“Right now, he’s the furthest thing from his feet. This is a bad place for Jon Jones, especially as the allies start to drop off.
“We’ll never be friends. But human to human, you gotta get your shit right. And show some remorse. Before you hit that send button on these tweets, you’ve got to think about what you’re saying because it seems as though you tell yourself so many lies that you start to believe them.”
Cormier expressed the same concern for Luis Peña, whom he mentored during the 27th season of the Ultimate Fighter three years ago. “Violent Bob Ross” was recently cut from the UFC because of his own domestic violence cases.