Yesterday afternoon, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones met with the CSAC, where he was handed his punishment for his latest failed drug test. The commission pulled no punches, revoking his license, and fining him 40% of his UFC 214 fight purse.
Because Jones is still awaiting a suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), one can be quite confident that it’ll be a long time before we see him back in the cage. Given his status as one of MMA’s true greats, this is undeniably unfortunate.
In the wake of yesterday’s hearing, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan posted to Instagram to give his take on the unfortunate shadow now cast over Jones’s career.
I completely agree with this post. Really well put. I’ve seen a lot of really talented fighters in my years of calling fights, and Jon stands out as something special even in a group of the greats. As @davidgoggins so perfectly put it, he is “uncommon amongst uncommon people.” I really hope he gets through this latest setback and returns with a vengeance. #Repost @fightoftheday ・・・ UFC 128 (March 19 2011) Mauricio Rua Vs Jon Jones Winner – Jon Jones Via Round 3 TKO —————————— Despite his unceasing self sabotage, PED use and continued lack of self-awareness – Jon Jones is still and will forever be one of the greatest fighters of all time. No matter how many times he falls short outside of the cage, Jon will always be one of the greatest combat sports athletes of all time. Jones is unbeaten in twenty three fights, including eleven title fights and only one rematch. Through a run that spanned eight years, Jon defeated the best fighters his division had to offer, in dominate fashion, including victories over five former champions and two wins over the current champion Daniel Cormier. Jon Jones is an incomparable phenom inside the cage. When Jon fights he is the perfect intersection between reckless and technical – between striker and grappler – fast and strong – calm and overeager. Jon finds the perfect medium in every aspect of a fight and when he is at his peak can become a flawless martial artist. Every sport has a guy, the benchmark, ’the one’ – for golf it will always be Tiger Woods – Basketball Michael Jordan – the list goes on with one main star coming to mind for almost every sport. Jon Jones was on his way to being that guy for Mixed Martial Arts. All he had to do was keep going and not get in his own way and he would have been an icon. The unfortunate nature of life is such that when exceptional people, the outliers, the greatest of all time types, obtain perfection in their art – it usually means they are likely to fall short in most other areas of their life. From what he has shown us, this seems to be the case with Jon Jones. From here we can only speculate what is next for Jon. The only thing that we know for sure is that the best thing for Jon i
“I’ve seen a lot of really talented fighters in my years of calling fights, and Jon stands out as something special even in a group of the greats. As @davidgoggins so perfectly put it, he is ‘uncommon amongst uncommon people.’ I really hope he gets through this latest setback and returns with a vengeance.”
What do you think of Joe Rogan’s comments on the Jon Jones situation?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/28/2018.