During a recent hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), Jon Jones had hisa license revoked and fined a sum of $205,000 for his failed drug test following his championship win against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last July (full details here).
Naturally, the mixed martial arts (MMA) expressed themselves differently following the news, with some showing compassion, while others not so much. Former UFC women’s Bantamweight title holder Miesha Tate, for one, is done with the Jones drama, saying it’s been one too many times that “Bones” has walked down this path, and she isn’t going to be duped again.
“The thing is, I don’t really care at this point if he comes back because I’ve lost the motivation and the interest, and the faith that I have in Jon Jones has been lost. Now maybe in three, four years, if he gets a great suspension [from the USADA], if he gets the book thrown at him and he really does make those changes, maybe he has a chance at restoring [his legacy], but at this point I just don’t care anymore. I don’t care. I’m over Jon Jones. I’m done with it. I don’t want to hear his sob story. I felt sorry for the first, second time he kind of had me. But it’s like, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, I mean, come on, am I waiting for a fourth now? I just don’t — I’m over it.”
Daniel Cormier feels your pain, “Cupcake.” As Tate alluded to, Jones already had a run in with United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) following UFC 200, which led to a year-long suspension. And let’s not forget this.
While Tate’s lost faith in Jones, she does hope he turns it around for his sake.
“I wish and I hope that it does change Jon Jones, but I’m also not invested in Jon Jones anymore. I guess it’s what it is. I’m kind of checked out at this point. It’s just been too many times, too many instances. And I’ve heard this story one, two, three, four, five times already, so unless he shows me something different than just saying ‘I’m a changed man,’ he’s got to do a lot more to gain me back as a fan and to care to see him compete again. I just don’t want to be let down again.”
Jones is able to reapply for his license this August, but he still has to see what kind of punishment USADA hits him with down the road.