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Jon Jones vs Stipe Miocic at UFC 218 in Detroit was in the works prior to ‘Bones’ flunking his drug test

While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic was not relevant enough for Jon Jones, promotion president Dana White had no problem pairing him off against reigning 205-pound kingpin Jon Jones.

In fact, there were discussions between White and UFC matchmakers to have “Bones” move up in weight — as promised — in an attempt to capture a second crown while further cementing his status as the greatest of all time.

Probably because this guy was too busy.

Then Jones was notified of a potential United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation (more on that here), putting the embattled mixed martial arts (MMA) star on the shelf until further notice.

“Look at Conor McGregor. Imagine what Jon Jones could be right now,” White said in the wake of Tuesday’s bombshell. “How big he could be, how many sponsors he would have, who he’d be signed with that have never signed a mixed martial artist before. The list goes on and on about what could have been with Jon Jones. It’ll be a great 30 for 30 some day.”

Jones tested positive for turinabol, or was simply set up, depending on who you ask.

After stopping Daniel Cormier in their UFC 214 rematch last month in Anaheim, Calif., Jones appeared to win back a majority of his fans with a humble post-fight victory speech, but now any momentum attained may have once again been lost.

I blame the idiots.

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