Come on, man. COME ON! You’re back. You get your belt back. You destroy Daniel Cormier’s morale. Embarrass him publicly with one swift kick to the head. And what do you go and do? Steroids. I write an article called “The Prodigal Son Returns,” and you do steroids.
If you couldn’t tell by my emotional first paragraph, the US Anti-Doping Agency found a banned substance in Jon Jones sample after his UFC 214 victory. Jon is no stranger to controversy and people are already jumping on him for “cheating” again.
But here’s the thing, up until UFC 214, Jon was 100% clean. He swore he was done with the sauce. Turinabol, the steroid found in his system according to TMZ, increases muscle growth. While it’s not as drastic a steroid when it comes to gains, it’s still a banned substance by USADA. That being said, it’s incredibly weird that he tested positive after the fight but not before. He has yet to be stripped of his newly earned title for this reason alone. USADA must complete their investigation for the UFC to take such drastic actions.
Bones, being a repeat offender, is facing a two year suspension in the prime of his career. Being the heir to the throne after Anderson Silva, Jones has been nothing but dominant in the octagon but has had his young years marred by misconduct. A two year ban would eat up his prime and make him miss out on padding his statistics of being one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.
Jon Jones Could Be Stripped Of His Title
If Jon Jones is stripped, then Daniel Cormier would, once again, be your light-heavyweight champion, although it would be a hollow victory for DC. By the time Jones suspension is up, Cormier would be 40, and probably not be the champ any longer. There would be a ton of new talent in the light heavyweight division and Jones could be passed up in skill. We’re already seeing Volkan Oezdemir rise up the ranks in quick fashion to challenge for the title. Being out for two years would be terrible for both Jon Jones and the light heavyweight division.
Daniel Cormier, in such good fashion, had comments about the entire situation.
“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now. I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional. We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened. In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next. Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.Daniel Cormier’s thoughts on Jon Jones’ failed USADA test
As always, Cormier handles any controversy with class. He sent best wishes to Jon when he lost his mother a few months back, and last suspension he reminded Jones that kids were looking up to him and he needed to get his act together.
Dana White was just as flabbergasted as we were hearing the news. He has been burnt time and time again by Jones antics and this time is no different. Dana trying to run a company and with Jones acting like a child, he gets more than enough leeway from White. Dana went on record to say he was actually working on a superfight between Jones and heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic. What a fight that would be.
But, alas, we must wait and see what the results come back as and what kind of punishment Bones gets from the USADA and the athletic commissions. Dana won’t be happy, but if this is a mishap, like USADA had done in the past, all will be forgiven but not forgotten.
As to Jon Jones, I want you to be great. I really do. But you’re making that really hard to with everything on your record. I’m hoping you are innocent. I hope you are the rightful champ again. But your past makes it hard. Good luck, warrior.