KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson and Jon Jones are both controversial fighters
  • Tyson want Jones to put an end to his adversities
  • Jones compares his dominance to Tyson's prime

Mike Tyson urged UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones to put an end to all his controversies the way he did.

One thing Tyson and UFC superstar Jones have in common besides being an A-grade fighter is the controversies that have been linked to their names. Looking back at his wild journey in boxing, Tyson dealt with almost all sorts of adversities before he hit rock bottom and even became homeless once in his life.

As for Jones, his life outside MMA seems to mimic Tyson’s dark days. Fortunately for Jones, he has managed to keep his winning ways in the UFC but according to “Iron Mike” himself, it’s never too late for “Bones” to straighten his life up.

In an appearance on “Joe Rogan Experience” Podcast, Tyson talked about his admiration to Jones’ skills as a champion. The legendary boxer also revealed that he already met Jones in person but “never talked about his personal life.”

Rogan then took the advantage to ask Tyson, who used to have troubles with the law himself, about his opinion on Jones’ situation outside MMA.

Tyson was saddened that Jones had to deal with all the negative stuff while in his prime and urged the UFC champ to put an end to all this while he still can.

“It’s just so difficult and so unfortunate they have to go to something like that you know. Sometimes people, they don’t survive situations like that. You have to come to an end. That’s tough,” Tyson said of Jones’ troubles outside MMA.

“If you don’t bring it to an end it’s gonna come to its own end and you might not like that,” Tyson continued.

When asked if getting in trouble was a good thing for a guy like Jones to learn lessons in life, Tyson cited himself as an example after responding “only if you learn from experiences like that.”

“I look at myself now and I say to myself when I spent those trips in those psych wards and say what was that all about? What’s wrong with me back then? I was really disturbed back then,” Tyson pointed out.

Mike Tyson Mike Tyson sporting regular teeth with his signature gap. Photo: REUTERS

Following his recent win against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, Jones addressed the pressure of being a long-time champ and even said that what he’s experiencing right now is similar to Tyson’s situation during his prime.

“One of Mike Tyson’s biggest problems was that he was so dominant, people lost interest. Fans got their money’s worth tonight by seeing me go through the ringer and getting to see the heart of a champion. That’s totally worth the 60 bucks you payed on pay-per-view. So there’s good. There’s good in this,” Jones explained.

Jon Jones Jon Jones will defend his light heavyweight title against Thiago Santos on July 6 at UFC 239. In this picture, Jones looks on during a Light Heavyweight title bout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum in Inglewood, California, Dec. 29, 2018. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images