Jon Jones shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world yet against last night (Tues. August 22, 2017) - but not in a good way.
After spending over a year away from the Octagon due to a failed drug test prior to his scheduled UFC 200 match-up with Daniel Cormier, which was later cancelled as a result, "Bones" finally made his Octagon return last month (Sat. July 29, 2017) in the main event of UFC 214 on pay-per-view (PPV) in California. He challenged Daniel Cormier for the 205-pound title, winning the bout via third round TKO after a vicious head-kick downed "DC," allowing Jones to pour on the ground-and-pound for the finish. Shortly after the fight, Jones decided to call out former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar for a potential superfight that insights a ton of excitement amongst MMA fans.
As it turns out, however, Jones' win will once again be overshadowed as it was announced that he had been flagged for a potential violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a failed sample taken after the UFC 214 weigh-ins.
The MMA world took to social media to shower the light heavyweight champion with hate, as many were in disbelief that the champ would allow this to happen to him in back-to-back fights. What many were wondering, however, was how the now-former UFC 205-pound champ Daniel Cormier would take the news, as he lost a fight that was seemingly unfair.
Cormier released an official statement shortly after the news broke, as he is currently on vacation with his family in Hawaii, claiming he simply doesn't know what to think at this time (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“It's hard to find words to describe how I'm feeling right now,” Cormier said. “I'm disappointed to hear the news. It's very emotional.
“We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened.
“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day. I don't know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next.
“Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.”
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