Dana White backs Jon Jones: MMA greatness outweighs his actions outside of the cage

UFC president Dana White recently discussed the extraordinary legacy of Jon Jones in the realm of MMA during an engaging session on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast.

In the conversation, Dana White lauded the remarkable achievements of Jon Jones within the octagon. He meticulously highlighted Jones’ remarkable journey from dominating the light heavyweight division to seamlessly transitioning into the heavyweight domain. Amidst the conversation, Mike Tyson surfaced and asked about why people think Jones is ‘crazy’.

Dana White responded by saying that all combatants are somewhat insane, and he went on to explain why Jon Jones is possibly the best MMA competitor of all time. White said that Jones is a ‘fascinating’ competitor while adding that his struggles outside the octagon and dominance within it make him so.

White said: “What makes Jon Jones so f**king unique and so special is if you look at all the things that he did outside of the octagon and outside of the sport yet still destroyed everybody that he fought, it’s pretty fasciniating. But yeah, I mean Mike you know better than anybody when you’re dealing with professional fighters you have to be a little crazy to be a professional fighter.”

Having clinched the UFC heavyweight title in a triumphant debut within his new division, Jon Jones is set to make his return to the octagon in a high-stakes showdown against Stipe Miocic at UFC 295. The event is scheduled for November of the current year.

A lot has been stated about how Miocic’s inactivity might be a key factor in how the match plays out. However, Anthony Smith said that Jones hadn’t faced a test like the former UFC heavyweight champion Miocic in a very long time.

In an interview with The Schmo, Anthony Smith talked about the UFC 295 main event:

Smith stated: “He doesn’t feel that aura that maybe other people feel around Jon because [Miocic] is also that guy. I think that Jon is going to have to deal with some things he hasn’t in a long time with the speed advantage that I believe Stipe’s gonna have.”

He went on to say: “I think that [Miocic] can nullify the wrestling just with his size and strength. This is another guy who’s gonna match Jon in weight, size, and athleticism. Again, no disrespect, Stipe’s faced much harder hitters than Jon and been able to take some of those shots. I think Stipe’s gonna have an easier time wading through some of those punches than guys at 205 [pounds] did.”