Jon Jones was in a great mood the other day.
In between radio interviews in Burbank and just five days ahead of his epic rematch with Daniel Cormier, Jones busted up everyone when police sirens blared in the distance.
“Uh oh! POPO!,” Jones cracked before mimicking making a run for it.
A hit-and-run accident in 2015 tarnished his reputation and cost him his light heavyweight championship.
Jones gets an opportunity to revamp his image and reclaim the title at UFC 214 on Saturday at Honda Center.
“I feel amazing. I’ve missed it a lot. I’ve missed the interviews. I’ve missed the intensity, the nerves that comes with it,” the No. 1 contender said. “The whole process. It’s been a long time. It’s been a year. I’m looking forward to it all.”
One year ago, an out-of-competition drug test revealed two illegal substances, canceling his initial rematch with Cormier just three days before UFC 200.
With his one-year suspension up, Jones — who says he didn’t knowingly take the banned substances, which was backed by an arbitration panel — finally gets another chance to beat his arch-nemesis.
Though for Jones (22-1), it’s never been about defeating Cormier (19-1). It’s been about the belt.
“I look at Daniel as just a pawn in my story. He’s my competition. He’s what I need,” said Jones, who turned 30 last week. “Without tough competition, I mean, there is no greatness.
There is no Ali without Frazier. So I need this high-level competitor to retire and know I was a bad mama jama in my day.”
The 6-foot-4 phenom was standing tall Monday in his return to Southern California, where he hasn’t fought since demolishing Vladimir Matyushenko with elbows in 2010 in San Diego.
He even has a new look, with a shaved head and no mustache — one an homage to a fellow all-time great, the other merely a mistake.
“I watched the Tupac movie (“All Eyes On Me”). Tupac had the bald head and he had the goatee and I was like, ‘I kinda like this look…