WATCH: Jon Jones admits he would get "blacked out drunk" the week before a fight

He says it would give him a built-in excuse if he lost

BY Cian Roche 09:44 Friday 2 December 2016, 9:44 2 Dec 2016

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Joe Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, is a sprawling discussion which can incorporate mixed martial arts, law, science and just about anything else you can imagine.

Guests that he invites on the show are many and varied and in the past have hosted active UFC fighters, including recently Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone.

On his most recent episode, Rogan was joined by Jon Jones, widely regarded as one of the most talented mixed martial artists of all time.

The discussion ranged from Jones' children (of which he has four girls), his hit and run incident which saw him stripped of his light-heavyweight title and his relationship with alcohol and drugs.

Jones admitted that ahead of his fights he would get "blacked out drunk" the week before and said that he was taking everything for granted in his career, purely because at that stage in his life 'everything had gone his way'.

"I literally would, one week before every fight," Jones said. "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.

"I trained for the fight, but I definitely had this thing where I felt invincible. 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."

He described his lifestyle up to that point as a "party-boy" lifestyle, where he would continue to train but he also consumed cannabis. Earlier this year Jones admitted that at a stage during his fighting career that he was a drug addict.

He admitted to Rogan that after the hit-and-run (in which he crashed into the car of a pregnant woman), he felt like a "monster".

"I felt really bad. Even in the public's eyes I was thinking 'you just hurt a pregnant woman'. It doesn't really get worse than that. But, yeah, I had no clue that it was a woman I hit. I felt terrible."

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