You know that saying about death and taxes being among the few things certain in life? Well, you can add ‘Jon Jones failing a drug test’ to that list, because guess what? Details are sparse at the moment, but it seems the former-turned-new light-heavyweight champ is back to being former again. And quite frankly, I […]
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones was notified earlier today by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) that he had failed a drug test administered prior to his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California.
Now, the “Bones” camp has released an official statement regarding the blockbuster new to MMA Fighting:
We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.
According to this report, Jon tested positive for the steroid turinabol.
The new is devastating in more ways than one, as the win was Jon’s first after serving a one-year suspension for failing a drug test prior to his scheduled showdown against “DC” in July of 2016 at UFC 200.
Should USADA decide to lay the hammer down, Jones could be out of action for two years, if not longer, seeing as how it is his second such infraction. It’s a huge black eye for Jon’s legacy, as he has long been considered the best fighter to ever grace the Octagon, though he could never seem to get out of his own way.
To see what UFC officials had to say on the matter click here.
‘Disappointed’ Daniel Cormier not ruling out Heavyweight return following knockout loss to Jon Jones
Other than this social media post, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has kept quiet following his knockout loss to Jon Jones at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, in Anaheim, California.
During a recent episode on “The MMA Hour,” however, “DC” spoke for the first time following his second defeat to “Bones,” discussing the loss and his mixed martial arts (MMA) future moving forward. And to hear Cormier tell it, he’s more disappointed that he let down his team of coaches.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Cormier said (via MMA Fighting). “You’ve got to remember, I’m a guy who wants to be the best. I train hard, I work hard and I feel like I was ready to go. I feel like I was prepared, and I was very disappointed in the result of the fight,” he said.
Many wondered of the former 205-pound champion would hang up his gloves following the loss. But, according the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) team captain, there is no reason for him to ride off into the sunset just yet.
“Why would I stop fighting?” Cormier said. “I feel like I still love the competition more than anything. That’s really what’s driving me. When I don’t have competition, I’m not in something like that, I’m miserable, man. I love to compete. I love to be in the environment.”
Furthermore, “DC” is confident he’ll cross paths with Jones again, despite saying during his post-fight speech that if a guy wins two fights there really is no rivalry. While that may be an admirable goal to try to obtain, getting back to a trilogy fight against “Bones” will be easier said than done, as the 205-pound division has experienced a re-emergence as of late.
Still, the former Olympian isn’t ruling out a return to Heavyweight if things don’t pan out down at Light Heavyweight.
“I really shrunk myself from Heavyweight,” Cormier said. “I used to have big ole’ traps and I was bigger guy when I fought at Heavyweight, but I’d entertain anything. The UFC values me and honestly, man, they’ve already reached out with some ideas about me fighting, and I was like, ‘Well, I need time,’ but there are options at Heavyweight and options at 205,” he said. “Obviously the Jimi Manuwa fight is a fight that could happen. Volkan Oezdemir has done fantastic for himself, a guy that’s a cool guy, but if the easiest path back to fighting the fights that I want is to go through somebody like that, then I’ll do it. So it’s a matter of just what I decide to do.”
At the end of the day, the opportunities for Cormier are endless inside the Octagon, who plans to return to “UFC Tonight” later this week, but will sit out the rest of 2017 from active competition.
“At this point, I’ve kinda gotten to a point in my career where UFC, they really are very open to a lot of my suggestions. This last 2.5 years since I fought Jones the first time through now, I’ve headlined cards, there were cards I was supposed to headline or had marquee fights on, I’ve sold millions and millions of pay-per-views, and with that comes some respect within the organization.”
Anyone care to see the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner return to land of the big men?
Jon Jones has gone on record saying he was inspired by Conor McGregor to look for bigger paydays that once seemed impossible in mixed martial arts (MMA). And since “Notorious” is set to cash in with the biggest payday of his career against Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26, 2017, “Bones” took a page out of the “Notorious” playbook by calling out Brock Lesnar.
As Jones sees it, a fight between him and “The Beast Incarnate” is equal to the “Money Fight” between Floyd and Conor.
“I think I was inspired by Conor McGregor, to be honest with you. To just dare and to reach, reach higher. Me versus Brock Lesnar is somewhat equivalent to Mayweather and McGregor,” added Jones.
“A lot of people would assume that I would lose that fight. Brock Lesnar is super athletic. He was a Division-1 national wrestling champion. Yeah, he’s older but he’s just a freak. He’s a rare talent. I don’t know what the betting odds would be on that one.”
Jones recently defeated Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214 to reclaim the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight title. Ever since, “Bones” has been throwing it out there that he’s interested in taking on the former Heavyweight champion.
As for the magnitude of a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight between Lesnar and Jones, do you believe it’s up to par with the Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match?
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