UFC President Dana White called Jon Jones’ second positive steroids test “brutal” and sounded resigned to a long punishment for the UFC light heavyweight champion.
“If it ends up getting two or three (drug violations), it might be the end of his career,” White said Tuesday during a media scrum at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. “So to talk about his legacy, it’s probably the end of his career.”
White said the promotion was “probably” going to book Jones opposite heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) at UFC 218, a competitive upgrade from the money fight Jones sought against ex-champ and WWE star Brock Lesnar after winning back the title from Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at UFC 214.
But now, Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) could be facing a four-year suspension and the second stripping of his UFC title after an in-competition drug test revealed the presence of the anabolic steroid turinabol. – MMA Junkie
Any time I hear of an athlete/musician/actor/famous person throwing it all away, I always refer back to the line from A Bronx Tale. “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, & the choices that you make will shape your life forever.” If Jon Jones failed yet another UFC drug test, and it’s looking that way, then the only way to describe him going forward are the words ‘wasted talent’. Jones is obviously supremely talented, but there’s only so many times you can make the wrong decision before you stop getting chances. Dana White sounded severely disappointed, which he should be, and didn’t rule out this drug test failure as the nail in the coffin of Jones’ career.
I feel bad for Dana White and the UFC, and especially bad for Daniel Cormier. Jones is the only fighter he’s ever lost to, and he was devastated after their fight at UFC 214. To find out you put in all that time and effort only to lose to a cheater would infuriate me, no matter what happens to Jones or the light heavyweight title. The one person I don’t feel bad for is Jones, who will probably cry at a press conference and tell everyone how disappointed he is in himself. Once again, he’s his own worst enemy, and this time it could cost him his career.