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Jon Jones accused of bribing USADA to score early UFC return

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Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Press Conference Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, is sitting on millions of dollars in cash, according to his own boasts, and could probably buy his way back into the Octagon.

Not that “Bones” would ever scruple to stoop so low.

But his “scumbag” management team, on the other hand, is probably not above bribing officials from United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to help expedite the ex-champ’s return, according to longtime rival and former roommate Colby Covington.

“His scumbag management team, Malki Kawa and those guys, they’re probably trying to pay off the UFC or USADA somehow to get him back earlier,” Covington told Chael Sonnen on the Bellator attraction’s official podcast (via Bloody Elbow).

The new UFC owners could probably use the money.

“You never know the UFC’s side, they want to do business and make money so if he’s available, and USADA clears him, then they’re gonna want to do business and put him back out there to fight and make that company money,” he said. “They’ve got a $4 billion installment on that loan to pay back, so they’re gonna do whatever it takes to make money and pay back that loan.”

Jones was suspended from mixed martial arts (MMA) following the UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event last July. It was the second time “Bones” blew up his pre-fight drug test but for reasons not quite explained, USADA has yet to hand down an official ruling.

The tests, meanwhile, keep on coming.

While Jones could face up to four years on the sidelines, his manager expects a late 2018 return. How or why that would make sense when other governing bodies are involved is unknown, but we still have another five months to find out.