Jon Jones may be out of the MMA scene at the moment due to a suspension, but that doesn't mean he can't give his opinions on the UFC Light Heavyweight division. In his eyes, there's still a clear number one.
Bones hasn't stepped foot inside the Octagon since he fought against Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 214 in July last year. However, his MMA career has been on hold since then due to suspension.
Originally a KO win for Jones at UFC 214, the result was overturned and he was later stripped of the title after he tested positive for Turinabol. He was removed from the official UFC rankings as a result as well.
Only recently, the CSAC revoked Jones’ MMA license and fined him $205,000 at the hearing, and now he waiting for a hearing about the decision made by USADA regarding his punishment. As of this writing, it is unknown as to when this hearing will take place.
He spoke to one fan on social media this week about his current state as the official former 205-pound champion, where he was very vocal about his feelings about his place and the rest of the division.
Bones said in one tweet replying to a fan: "Thanks brother, yeah I know I don’t need to hold that belt to be the champion. Sure the whole top five knows that too."
He later said in another tweet, which has since been deleted: “I don’t need the physical belt or even to be in the rankings to known that I am the champion. It’s something I know in my heart, I know what I’ve done. I know what I’m going to do.”
Jones is one of the best MMA fighters the world has ever seen when he is in the cage, and that's the problem. He can't stay out of trouble long enough to have a lengthy spell at the top of the UFC Light Heavyweight division.
If Jones is found guilty, he could face up to a four-year suspension, which could eliminate any hopes of recapturing the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, as well as put his career in serious doubt of ever being revived.