While the situation is still developing, it seems as though embattled UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, will likely be stripped of his record-setting third 205-pound title after testing positive for steroids the day before his rematch with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last month. And because it is not the first time “Bones” has run afoul of United States Doping Agency (USADA), serving a one-year suspension for tainted “dick pills,” he could be slapped with a four-year ban from professional mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.
It’s a sobering reality not lost on company president Dana White, who has not had the smoothest relationship with Jones over the tumultuous past few years. In fact, just a few months ago White claimed (incorrectly) that Jones would never headline another UFC event again after he was flagged by USADA just days ahead of UFC 200. Nevertheless, a somber and admittedly speechless White responded to today’s dreadful news like only he can.
“It’s brutal, it’s unbelievable,” he told reporters in a hastily-assembled scrum. “There’s never a good time [to get news like this] — it’s always bad, especially with somebody like Jon Jones. He’s the best ever in MMA to do it. He’s the best ever, which makes it even more unfortunate. If this ends up where he gets a two or three-year [ban] this might be the end of his career. So to talk about his legacy? It would probably be the end of his career.
“How old is Jon now, 30?” he continued. “Trying to make a comeback again [at 34] — and you look at what could have been, what he could have done — it’s sad. I don’t know what to say about this one.”
Indeed, this latest setback with Jones comes as a body blow to UFC, which was in the midst of tallying the more than 800,000 pay-per-view (PPV) buys that the rematch between “Bones” and “DC” was able to reel in. And UFC was looking down the barrel at a potentially record-breaking “super” fight with Brock Lesnar ... or possibly Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
White revealed the secret during the scrum because, well, it was a secret no more.
Dana White says before the news broke they were working on Stipe Miocic vs. Jon Jones for the heavyweight championship in Detroit. Wow. pic.twitter.com/vGVn3hJUwc— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 23, 2017
Now, UFC is possibly looking down the barrel of what potentially could be the end of Jones’ career pending an appeal and, of course, the testing of his “B” sample.