Miesha Tate reflects on Jon Jones’ latest arrest


Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate has shared some of her thoughts on the latest arrest of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Tate spoke with MMA Mania Shakiel Mahjouri and responded with the following when asked what she thought of Jones’ arrest by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers in the wee hours of Friday, September 24 for domestic violence, while offering her potentially useful advice.

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“It’s so disheartening” Tate said. “Jon Jones, we can give him all the compliments on his accolades and he deserves it, but there are just a lot of unforgivable things he has done throughout his career history. At least in the limelight as we know it. It’s really hard to separate, I think it’s getting harder and harder for the fans to separate the two. Just being a fan of him as a fighter and not acknowledging the other things he does as a human tarnishes that. Who should be in charge of Jon Jones? Jon Jones should be in charge of Jon Jones. There is no one else we should be looking at. It’s not his fiancée’s fault, it’s not his parents’ fault at this point. He’s a grown man. He’s a grown man and he has to be responsible. I would like to think of myself as an acquaintance-slash-friend [of his]. I don’t wish Jon Jones anything bad. I know I’ve pissed him off with my comments before, but if I had one piece of advice for the man, from the bottom of my heart, it would be to stay away from those things that are causing you this potential fallout. Whether it’s alcohol, certain types of drugs, I don’t know. If it’s an atmosphere [or] if it’s Las Vegas. If you have to get out of the room when you are upset and take an hour before coming back to talk to your partner. I don’t know what his Kryptonites are, but I think he must be strong enough and have the mental courage to recognize them and stay away from him. That’s how he’s going to keep himself out of trouble. No one can do that but him – Dana White can’t have one of those little kid leashes and follow him all day. It’s not Dana White’s fault. You can not do this. He must recognize what his troubles, the Kryptonites, are and steer clear of it. I hope he can, but I won’t be the type to hold my breath because you can’t even be surprised by this anymore.

Tate is coming off a successful return to combat, having moved away from mixed martial arts for five years. She beat Marion Reneau via a third round TKO at UFC Vegas 31 in her comeback fight. Tate will next face Ketlen Vieira in a UFC Fight Night event that has yet to be announced on November 20.

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