Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White recently gave Jon Jones and his fans a ray of hope after he revealed that he was looking at staging a No. 1 contender light heavyweight fight between "Bones" and Anthony Johnson.
That said, there’s one person who isn’t buying the theory that Jones is completely innocent, and that’s fellow light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa. As he recently told told Flo Combat, all of this Jones drama is a bit "dodgy," to say the least.
And it sounds to him that trying to get Jon into the cage ASAP is simply UFC wanting its "bloody cash cow" back.
"I'm not sure about this Jon Jones business," Manuwa said. "I think it's dodgy, all this stuff Jon Jones did -- I think it's all dodgy, mate. I think that the UFC wants their bloody cash cow back. I'm not going to say too much on that, but I think it's dodgy."
As Manuwa sees it, if UFC wants to help the sport’s reputation as a clean one grow, having Jones back so soon won’t help its efforts.
"I don't know what I'd do with him. If you want a clean sport you can't have cheaters coming back. If you are cheating then you are cheating. That's what I personally think," he said. "Why should you be cheating and taking steroids, growth hormones and all this shit, you are only cheating yourself. If you cheat and then you go and win then it's not a real win. You've just cheated yourself to get there."
Manuwa — who will face Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 204 on Oct. 8, 2016 in Manchester, England (details) — reveals he looked up to Jon quite a bit, but on the heels of his latest failed drug test, "Poster Boy" admits he was let down.
Of course, Jones will still have his has day in front of the NSAC to see what will be of his fighting career. Until then, Manuwa says the rightful owner of the next title shot at 205 pounds should be Johnson.
No questions asked.
"I think Rumble should fight Cormier and I believe that he can beat him for the title," Manuwa said. "Rumble's been doing so many great things and he's an awesome, humble guy. He's knocked out everyone and I believe he will knock out Daniel Cormier in his fight."
Hard to argue with him on that point, especially after this latest mind-blowing performance.