After waiting for far too long to see Jon Jones back in action, he waltzed back into our lives, finished Daniel Cormier in dramatic fashion, now he’s right back out. We’ve been dealing with the ramifications from Jon Jones positive test the entire summer. Instead of most likely defending his title or fighting Brock Lesnar, he’ll be at a hearing in December to prove his innocence. Recently Dana White was asked about one of the greatest fighters ever having to sit out of competition once again.
CSAC’s Andy Foster told me this weekend that the hearing for Jon Jones’ banned substance failure at UFC 214 is set for Dec. in Sacramento.
— Josh Gross (@yay_yee) October 16, 2017
“[He’s the most wasted talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports. [Jon Jones] is so talented and gifted, God knows what he would be doing now if he hadn’t ever got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones. Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.” — Dana White on the TSN MMA Show.
Whether you believe Dana White’s harsh words or not, it’s an incredible shame that we’ll be missing out on potentially giant Jon Jones fights. After his anti-doping violation, White revealed they were working on a superfight where Jon Jones would have challenged Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title. He could’ve became a two-division UFC champion and pulled off a run there. Not to mention the Brock Lesnar fight the UFC could eventually have made happen. All hope is not lost yet, we’ll know in a couple of months what Jones’ fate may be.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/17/2017.