Jon Jones has not been seen in the UFC since his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July 2017. He originally won the fight, but this result was overturned and he was later stripped of the title after he tested positive for Turinabol.
Later this month on February 27, Jones will go before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) at his doping hearing in Anaheim, California. He's also expecting a negotiation in his case with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the UFC’s anti-doping partner.
If found guilty, Bones could face up to a four-year suspension as a second-time offender, which would almost certainly bring an end to his time in UFC. However, he has stated countless times that he hasn't willingly taken performance-enhancing drugs.
Jones took and passed a polygraph test last month in an attempt to prove he is telling the truth, and there is a strong belief amongst his camp that he will fight again in 2018. Despite his attempts to clear his name, some fans are still labeling him as a cheat.
Over the past couple of days, these hate messages by fans have resulted in the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion responding on social media. He started off with a message to his haters on Friday on Twitter.
He said: "Let me talk to my haters. Blame my greatness on things you simply will never understand. Hard work. Passion. Suck one."
Yesterday he followed this message with a photo on Instagram with a chalk message which reads: “No I’m not on steroids. You’re just a pussy.”
Bones' manager Malki Kawa has said this week saying that he believes it’s 95% likely that Jones competes again in UFC in 2018. However, we'll have to wait until his CSAC hearing takes place on February 27 to see if this is the case.
Judging by Jones' activity on social media, he seems to be pretty confident that he will be stepping foot to fight inside the Octagon once more very soon as well.
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