Jon Jones isn’t eligible to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) for another three months, which is when his one-year suspension for a failed drug test will be up. Once he does return to action, “Bones” is likely to face current Light Heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, in his first bout back.
If and when the fight does happen, don’t expect it to be the main event, as company president Dana White reiterated his stance of not allowing “Bones” to headline an event due to his past transgressions.
“If Jones fights, Jones is going to be a co-main event anyway. There’s already a co-main event on that card,” White said during the post-fight press conference.
“I’d put just about everybody ahead and make them the main event. I just don’t have the faith right now that the fight’s going to happen. I don’t want to spend millions and millions of dollars again promoting a fight that doesn’t happen,” said White.
Cormier and Jones were set to throw down again at UFC 200, before Jones was bounced due to a failed drug test. Naturally, an upset White blasted Jones for being irresponsible, making the initial statement that he wouldn’t headline another UFC event.
In response, “Bones” stated he’d do business with new UFC owner, Ari Emmanuel, not Dana. But, it seems White is still calling the shots, and despite Jon’s relationship with he new UFC higher-ups, he won’t be headlining a card for the promotion anytime soon.
For his part, Cormier has declared that the only man he’d step aside for as the main event is Conor McGregor, who is currently eyeing a showdown against Floyd Mayweather.
That said, White made it a point to say that the chances of Cormier vs. Jones going down at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada are very slim, as that card already has a co-main event on it (find out what it is here), though no headlining title fight has been announced.