Teammate says Jon Jones is in shape, humble and training daily

Jon Jones is reportedly training hard, every day, despite being under suspension and facing felony charges.

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Igor Araujo is a UFC welterweight and teammate of stripped former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at New Mexico’s Jackson/Winkeljohn gym. Speaking to Guilherme Cruz, Araujo said that none of the team talks aloud about the embattled Jones’ legal situation but insisted that "Bones" is doing all the right things inside the gym.

"I think he will get out of this situation," Araujo said. "I don’t know what the justice is going to decide for his future, but he’s a champion."

Predictably, Araujo said that the team still considers Jones the true champion since he never lost his belt in the cage. "Those in the UFC know that he’s the champion, and he will get that belt back," he said.

"The champion is the best. Rafael dos Anjos won the title because he defeated everybody. [Chris] Weidman did the same thing. Jon Jones lost the title to himself. I told him that already. ‘The only man that can beat you is yourself.’ We lose to ourselves all the time."

From what coaches and teammates like Araujo are telling the public, however, Jones is working hard not to beat himself any longer. "He trains every day. He’s always joking around and laughing," Araujo said.

"I spoke with him the other day, and he’s cool, being positive. The coach tells us what to do and he trains normally, every single day. He’s in shape, too."

Jones’ humility was evident, according to Araujo, when he was truly asked to once again just be one of the team and clean up the gym. "On the first day Jones returned to the gym, they put him to clean the mat when the training session was over," the Brazilian said.

"They always pick someone to clean the mat after the training, and he didn’t complain he had to do it. He’s a nice guy, and we look up to him inside the gym."