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Dana White ‘rooting’ for Jon Jones following UFC 235 license — ‘I hope he makes it’

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, can’t seem to make up his mind when it comes to reigning light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.

He once promised that “Bones” would never headline another pay-per-view (PPV) event, then went and moved an entire fight card from one state to another just to accommodate the embattled 205-pound phenom.

White also claims Jones is the greatest fighter to ever step foot inside the Octagon, right after he went on television and told the next generation of superstars that no, that honor belongs to heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier.

So, with that in mind, I’m not sure if he’s really rooting for Jones to make it after Tuesday’s hearing with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), or just hoping for another PPV cash grab when “Bones” returns to the Octagon.

“They’re gonna give him a temporary license and keep drug testing him until his next fight,” White told SportsCenter. “I’m rooting for the guy. I hope he does it. He’s one of the best ever, maybe the greatest ever. Hopefully, he’ll keep his personal life together and pass these tests and continue to cement his legacy in the sport.”

Jones has been trying to put his drug-testing woes behind him, following a positive result for Turinabol back in 2017. After serving his suspension, “Bones” was reinstated, but continued to return trace amounts of the offending metabolite.

NSAC and USADA are willing to overlook those results, at least for the time being, allowing Jones to defend his 205-pound strap against Anthony Smith at the UFC 235 extravaganza on March 2 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

For much more on that upcoming fight card click here.