For all the dialogue about Jones being (we've all heard the insults 5million times, I don't need to repeat them), it's so much crazier how amazing his career can be.
He's already the youngest UFC champ ever and became the champ by completely annhilating one of the biggest legends in history. On top of that, he's never been taken down or legit bested in an MMA fight. All this and he's 25!!!!! The possibilities of what he could be are beyond comprehension, and he probably needed this now if he ever wants to accomplish what he very realistically could, which is being considered the GOAT
The next 10 years could go so many directions for him, but he definitely has done more in MMA at 25 than any fighter in history
I have a feeling that he would have been on the fast track to screwing up his career. Anyone who gets that successful that quick, will get a big head. Not saying he deserved all the criticism, but with all that he's capable of, he probably needed some adversity to keep him hungry