Now that Jon Jones has won the UFC light-heavyweight title, his life is going to change in a big way, and if he has any sense, he should look towards training partner Georges St-Pierre for advice.
UFC president Dana White issued his own warning to Jones as he talked about the cling-ons, barnacles, and so forth that are soon to be a reality for Jones.
If anybody in UFC knows what it feels like to be Jon Jones right now, it's St-Pierre, who received similar treatment following his dismantling of Matt Hughes at UFC 65.
One fight later, everything was gone after losing to Matt Serra.
St-Pierre has since opened up about the toxic atmosphere surrounding him following the UFC 65 bout.
The way that people treated him made him start to believe his own hype. Nobody was there to keep him grounded, and he stopped doing the things that put him into that position.
He wasn't mentally prepared to fight Matt Serra and the results were disastrous.
Afterward, many of the people he kept close to him were revealed to be sycophants, leaches, and fair-weather friends who no longer cared about him now that he'd lost everything.
Since that time the UFC has grown exponentially.
The kind of attention Jones will receive will dwarf the attention St-Pierre received at the time.
Which is all the more reason Jones should listen to St-Pierre's advice when it comes to keeping a level head, being selective with his friends, and everything else that goes along with new-found superstardom in MMA.
Josh Gross tweeted a quote from Greg Jackson about his future trials: "I think the adversity of success will test Jon much more than the adversity of failure."
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