ESPN Analyst Chael Sonnen Speculates When Jon Jones Will Cleared To Fight
Former pound-for-pound great Jon Jones last fought inside the Octagon at UFC 214 back in July where he scored a brutal knockout win over Daniel Cormier. But Jones flunked the pre-fight drug test, and the bout results overturned to no contest- has since been provisionally suspended by USADA. ‘Bones’ still awaiting punishment from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and facing four years on the bench. Jones and his team continue to deny any intentional cheating. So in the meantime, his MMA license will remain revoked by (CSAC) until USADA gives their conclusion on the case.
Rumors are run rampant for over a month now that Jones will make his Octagon return sometime by the end of this year, including Manager Malki Kawa who stated earlier this year and most recently longtime striking coach Brandon Gibson expressed his excitement on a former light heavyweight champion, that he has been working extensively on his knockout power. Moreover, Jones who itself putting out positive messages and training videos on social media that speculates his return is imminent.
Now another birdie former UFC title contender and ESPN MMA analyst Chael Sonnen, who was demolished by Jones at UFC 159 almost five years ago, said those actions speak itself. ‘Bones’ and his team are onto something that the public isn’t aware of it. (Via BloodyElbow)
“If we are to believe that he is going to be out until summer of next year, which is the minimum that he would be out by the rules that have been explained to us,” Sonnen said on a recent episode of his Beyond the Fight podcast. “If we were to believe that, you would have to ask yourself ‘why is he training and putting out videos, and having coaches confirm that he is working now in August?’”
“It just does appear that Jon at least believes that he is about to be cleared and put onto that November card.”
Another former heavyweight contender Brendan Schaub also share the same prediction that Jones could return at UFC 230 PPV event from Madison Square Garden which is set to take place on November 3rd.
As far who could be the opponent, Sonnen believes a sensible name that could fit him a trilogy with Daniel Cormier, who declared to take two more fights before he hangs his gloves for good at his 40th birthday. Cormier is expected to defend his heavyweight title against Brock Lesnar by early 2019. The problem here is, Cormier is keeping his weight for a heavyweight fight, going down for 205-pound would impossible, if Jones return sparks.
“If you’re Dana White and you gotta look at that and take Daniel at his word, and ‘this is my one and only shot perhaps to get Daniel and Jon together’, do you go for it? And even if you do, how do you get it done? Because you can’t get it done at 205 pounds because Daniel can’t make 205 pounds.”
“So do you get it done at heavyweight?” he continued. “And if you do, everything’s on the line now. Not just the title, the Brock Lesnar fight is now on the line.”
UFC 230 PPV card doesn’t have headliner bout yet, but co-main already announced between Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier.
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