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Dana White just spoke to Jon Jones for the first time since UFC 214 drug test fiasco

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White does not have the best relationship with former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, so it may not come as a surprise to learn that “Bones” had not heard from his employer since UFC 214.

That’s when United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) benched the embattled pound-for-pound great after a pre-fight drug test returned positive for the banned substance Turinabol. Currently serving a provisional suspension, pending next week’s hearing, Jones has nothing to do except wait.

And weight.

“That would be great,” White told TMZ Sports about a potential 2018 comeback. “Jon and I talked yesterday for the first time since his last fight. He sounds good, he says he’s looking at positive things right now, just focusing on training. He wants to come back.”

Team Jones expects an Octagon return later this year.

In his absence, Daniel Cormier was re-gifted the 205-pound strap. In the wake of his successful title defense against Volkan Oezdemir last January, “DC” put the division on hold to try his luck at heavyweight, following a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27.

By then, Jones may be back in action and ready for their trilogy, even if this guy doesn’t like it.