The fallout from Jon Jones’ failed drug test continues.
The bombshell that fell on the world on Tuesday was that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed an in-competition drug test at UFC 214 is still being felt. As a result of that failed drug test, Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA pending a full investigation by the CAC. Jones defeated Cormier by third-round TKO in the main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California to regain the title.
With Jones being a repeat offender, USADA will likely throw the book at him as he is facing a much longer ban than the twelve months he received after failing for clomiphene and letrozole last year.
As a result of all of this drama, UFC President Dana White spoke with the media after his Tuesday Night Contender series in Las Vegas, Nevada at the TUF Gym to talk about this latest Jones controversy. White won’t go on record whether or not he will strip Jones of the light heavyweight title but it’s very likely.
White also noted that the promotion was planning on having Jones challenge Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title at UFC 218 on December 2, 2017, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Obviously, those plans are out of the question now.
“If it ends up getting two or three (drug violations), it might be the end of his career,” White said Tuesday during a media scrum (Transcript courtesy of MMA Junkie) at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. “So to talk about his legacy, it’s probably the end of his career.”
“As far as I’m concerned, Cormier would be the champion (if Jones is suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency),” White said. “The only guy he’s ever lost to in his whole career is Jon Jones. He was the champ; he’s the champion if Jones isn’t.”
For years now, there has been talk of Jones moving up to heavyweight and competing for the title. White believes that Jones has everything to be a heavyweight champion.
“He has the size, the power – he has everything to be a heavyweight champion. So who knows what could’ve been. It’s one of those sad stories.”
“His dad said in that (video) – Jon’s his own worst enemy,” White said. “Boy is that true. But it’s not over yet. He’s got to go through the process. Maybe there was something crazy for this stuff to get in his system.”
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