<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=450433" target="_blank"> Winklejohn: Jones was hanging around with idiots </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=450433" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=100&q=75&x=57&y=23&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=mike-winklejohn.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>Recently striking coach Mike Winklejohn appeared on the MMA Hour and discussed the recent troubles Jon Jones has had and what he thinks went wrong:</p>
"No, he doesn’t have a problem," he told Ariel Helwani. "He parties. In my opinion, it’s definitely not an addict type of thing at all. I think he sometimes finds himself hanging out with idiots."
Jones, who became the youngest champion in UFC at 23 when he defeated Mauricio Rua at UFC 128, will try and defend his title for a ninth time on May 23 against Anthony Johnson. A native of upstate New York, he said during the lead-up to the Cormier fight that he is now relocating permanently to Albuquerque, which will help with his focus.
His coaches are all for the idea.
And Winkeljohn, who along with Greg Jackson runs one of the most successful gyms in the country, is a straight shooter. He referred to himself as a kind of elder family member who harps on doing the right things in and out of the gym. And he didn’t sugarcoat his feelings on his initial discovery of the failed test.
"Well, it’s disappointing," he said. "There’s no doubt about it. It’s disappointing that he’d be partying before a fight. With that being said, I don’t think it helped him in the fight, I think it probably hurt him in the fight, because partying…it’s taking away from his focus, and he’s not rehabbing the way he should. But, the main thing about it is, okay, now it’s out there, he did it, we got to fix it, he’s got to overcome it and be better for it. It’s so hard. I’m kind of like the older uncle yelling at him all the time.
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