Jon Jones, a former UFC light-heavyweight champion’s future in MMA is currently up in the air following a failed drug test.
Jones last fought at UFC 214 last July. He defeated Daniel Cormier to regain the light heavyweight title, but the result was overturned to a no-contest after he tested positive for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid.
Earlier this week, UFC president Dana White was quizzed about the possibility of Jones returning to the UFC Octagon this year and revealed he’s just as in the dark over ‘Bones” future as the rest of us.
After second failed drug test, Jones could be banned from competing for up to four years, a punishment which would rob him of his prime years. At the moment, Jones serving a provisional suspension, pending next week’s hearing, Jones has nothing to do except wait.
Jon Jones has maintained his innocence throughout the whole process, recently saying: “Let me talk to my haters.“Blame my greatness on things you simply will never understand. Hard work. Passion. Suck one.”
Dana White recently spoke to TMZ sports and opened up about Jon Jones potential comeback:
“That would be great,” White told TMZ Sports about a potential 2018 comeback. “Jon and I talked yesterday for the first time since his last fight. He sounds good, he says he’s looking at positive things right now, just focusing on training. He wants to come back.”
Jones and his team are seemingly confident – they anticipate a short sentence to be passed by the USADA and expect an Octagon return this year.
In his absence, Daniel Cormier defended his light heavyweight title and successfully defeated Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220. Now, Cormier is trying his luck at the heavyweight division to fight heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in July, following a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27.