Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, has been cleared to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) after striking a deal with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in the wake of his failed drug test.
That means “Bones” can try to recapture the soon-to-be-stripped strap from longtime nemesis Daniel Cormier, assuming he’s able to upend Alexander Gustafsson — again — when they rematch at UFC 232 in December.
And when he does, 205-pound contender Volkan Oezdemir will be waiting.
“I’m also happy he’s back because he can continue to fight and make a living out of it,” Oezdemir told Eurobash (via MMA Fighting). “It’s cool that he’s back and he’s able to fight, I’ll be waiting for him to get my fight [against him].”
That will take some work from all parties involved. Not only does Jones have to put down “The Mauler,” Oezdemir must first slug his way past light heavyweight smashing machine, Anthony Smith, at UFC Moncton this weekend on FOX Sports 1.
Oezdemir (15-2) won his first three fights with UFC — two by way of devastating knockout — before securing a Cormier title fight back in January. Despite a strong start, “No Time” was eventually schooled by “DC” but has vowed to come back stronger.
Strong enough to put down Jones? That remains to be seen.