Former undisputed light-heavyweight and current UFC interim champion Jon Jones again found himself in the boiling pot this year. Following his removal from the UFC 200 main event due to a flagged USADA test, ‘Bones’ had to face the music in a big way. After being scratched from the milestone card on three days notice, Jones addressed fans and media during an emotional presser. The record-breaking UFC champion claimed he was unaware of the substance in his system, stating he must have consumed a tainted supplement.
Having heard this defense many times in the past, some fans were quick to jump on ‘Bones’ while he was down. Similarly to Jones, UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero claimed his failed test was due to dirty supplements. After some back-and-forth Romero was cleared to fight again after just six months. Romero’s positive test was for a growth hormone, whereas Jones got popped for estrogen blockers, typically used by body builders after a steroid cycle.
During his time on the sidelines, Jones has been typically vocal towards his fellow light-heavyweights. Last fighting against Ovince St-Preux at UFC 197, ‘Bones’ has remained confident in the five months since that he’ll be back soon. If Luke Thomas’ report last night is anything to go by, Jones could well be looking at a comeback within the year. Sounds like Jones is indeed innocent, as the supplement he claimed he took has been confirmed by USADA as containing a banned substance.
Current champion Daniel Cormier faces Anthony Johnson in the UFC 206 main event in Toronto on December 10. Whether or not ‘Bones’ will be cleared by then remains unconfirmed at this stage, but a unification bout will clearly be on the table upon his return. The fierce rivalry with ‘DC’ or the intrigue around a bout with ‘Rumble’ will make fun viewing for Jones’ comeback in either scenario.
The question is, yet again, will Jon Jones be able to hold it together long enough?