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.
Jon Jones is back atop the mountain in UFC, and he wasted no time in letting everyone know who he wants to face next. During his post fight octagon speech, Jones again challenged Brock Lesnar, the former UFC Heavyweight champion and current WWE Universal champ.
“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy that weighs 40 pounds less than you, come meet me in the octagon,” – MMA Junkie
Lesnar’s response, like most things Brock does, was no nonsense and emphatic:
Lesnar heard that and had a simple, direct response to The Associated Press.
“Be careful what you wish for, young man,” Lesnar said – MMA Junkie
I’m a casual MMA fan at best, but the thought of those two locking horns inside the octagon is as exciting a matchup as I can imagine. The fight has a few barriers to overcome, notably Brock’s current suspension due to an anti doping violation from his last fight in the Octagon last summer. While the fight can’t happen anytime soon, Jones and Lesnar arguably have the most pull to get what they want in the UFC, and there’s no doubt that if they work out a deal, it would make Jones, Lesnar & the UFC top brass very, very rich. I can’t wait to see how this story continues to unfold.
BONES – Jon Jones is off UFC 200. In a stunning turn of events, the interim light heavyweight champion was pulled from the main event of UFC 200 late Wednesday night after being flagged in a random June 16 drug test administered by USADA. In Jones’ stead, a three-round fight between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt will headline an event that was previously being touted as the biggest in UFC history.
There’s really no other way to react to this situation other than to say that it sucks. It sucks for diehard UFC fans who were ready for “the biggest event in UFC history”. It sucks for casual fans like myself who were tuning in to see a fight between two guys who legitimately seem to dislike each other. It sucks for Dana White. It sucks for all the fighters who didn’t get a chance to be on this card because Jones was. The list of why it sucks goes on and on. I respect the UFC and their fighters, but it boggles my mind that the main event for the biggest event in company history can be dismantled like this three days before the fight. I’m all for drug testing guys as stringently as possible, but isn’t there a way to be notified before July 6 that a guy failed a drug test on June 16th? I’m not familiar with the drug testing procedure in MMA, but this is a total kick to the balls for the UFC, and it’s doubly as bad when you remember Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz were also supposed to be on the card. Thank God for Brock Lesnar, because without his fight against Mark Hunt, I really don’t know what the drawing power for this event would be.