Jon Jones has opened up about his struggles with alcohol, revealing that he used to get drunk just a week prior to his fights.
Jones, who was stripped of the interim light heavyweight title last month, is widely considered to be one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC right now, but his career has been hampered by legal issues.
Furthermore, the former UFC light heavyweight champion was recently suspended on a provisional basis after he tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and Letrozole metabolite, an aromatase inhibitor, in an out-of-competition drug test on June 16. As a result, he was pulled from the card at UFC 200 in July, where he was supposed to face reigning champion Daniel Cormier in a light heavyweight unification title fight.
Speaking on the Joe Rogan Experience, the 29-year-old delved into the depths of his drinking problem.
"I had this crazy thing that I would do where I would party one week before every fight," Jones said. "And I did it throughout my whole career. And it was stupid, but it was this mental crutch that I had.
"I literally would, one week before every fight, I would go out and I would get blacked out wasted. And my logic was, if this guy were to beat me somehow, I can look myself in the mirror and say, the reason I lost is because I got hammered the week before the fight."
When he was the champion, Jones came close to losing his title when he fought Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September 2013. A late rally from Jones in the last rounds of the bout saw him retain his belt.
Opening up more about that fight, Jones conceded that he was out of control when preparing for his showdown with Gustafsson.
"I trained for the fight, but I definitely had this thing where I felt invincible," Jones said. "And I did a lot of wild stuff leading up to the fight. I definitely didn't give it my all. Really partying, drinking, staying up all night."
Jones, though, learnt the hard way of the dangers of getting drunk as in 2015, he was involved in a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which led to him being stripped of the light heavyweight title.
With that in mind, Jones admitted that he cannot behave the same way he used to in the past.
"My relationship with alcohol was never healthy, and I never went through a period in which I had a mature, healthy, responsible relationship with it," he said.