Mike Winkeljohn has skilled rather a lot in his years as probably the most notable coaches in blended martial arts, however he’s not fairly positive he’s ever contemplated a call as tough because the the one he just lately made.
In the wake of Jon Jones’ current arrest for an alleged home violence incident in opposition to his fiancee, the previous UFC gentle heavyweight champion is not allowed to step foot inside Jackson Wink MMA, Winkeljohn revealed Wednesday.
“This is a tough one,” Winklejohn mentioned on The MMA Hour. “There’s definitely no doubt about it. It’s one of the toughest ones. It broke my heart that I was even put in that position where I felt I had to do it. But it’s OK. It’s OK. What’s important to me might not be what’s important to others. I will stick by my guns and stay true to the guy that I want to be.”
Jones, 34, was arrested Sept. 24 on fees of misdemeanor home violence and felony injuring and/or tampering with a automobile after an alleged bodily altercation along with his fiancee, Jessie Moses, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The information was a serious disappointment for Winklejohn, who has three daughters and even teaches a ladies’s self-defense class out of the famed Jackson Wink fitness center in Albuquerque, N.M.
The shut relationship between Jones and Winkeljohn, together with fellow coach Greg Jackson, has been nicely documented since Jones began coaching on the fitness center in 2009. Winkeljohn went so far as to say he considers Jones to be like household. However, the continued years-long development of Jones’ authorized troubles hit its boiling level with the newest incident, even for a coach who has lengthy caught by Jones’ aspect.
“I just had a conversation with him. I said, ‘Jon, here’s the deal, man. You’re like my little brother. You have to stop drinking and fix these things for a certain period of time until you come back to the gym.’ So at the moment, he’s out of the gym. He’s not allowed to come in the gym because I feel I had to do that. Ignoring it and expecting different results is insanity.”
Winklejohn didn’t reveal what precisely Jones should do to ensure that him to be welcomed again to Jackson Wink. However, the coach mentioned he made his longtime fighter conscious of what he must do – and is assured the modifications will be made.
“I’m hoping after a certain period of time he wants to come back to the gym, he does it,” Winklejohn mentioned. “Even if he doesn’t come back to the gym, I’m OK with it. In my own heart, I know that he might go on to win the heavyweight title. I’ll take myself out of a little bit of money. Whatever. That’s just not where my values are at right now. I just want to set the precedent for the rest of my guys in the gym and people as a whole. I’m all about forgiveness, but let’s go forward. Let’s fix these things. I know he can. I’m optimistic he can do that.”