Dana White Believes Jon Jones Is Biggest Waste Of Talent Ever

UFC President Dana White continues to sound off on former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Many people within the MMA community believe that Jones is the best fighter in the history of the sport. However, there is one man who thinks the former champion is the biggest waste of talent in the history of […]

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UFC President Dana White continues to sound off on former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Many people within the MMA community believe that Jones is the best fighter in the history of the sport. However, there is one man who thinks the former champion is the biggest waste of talent in the history of the sport. That man is White, who happens to fall into both categories.

Jones failed an in-competition drug test at UFC 214. Due to that failed drug test, Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA pending a full investigation by the CAC (California Athletic Commission). Jones defeated Daniel Cormier by third-round TKO in the main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California on PPV (pay-per-view) to regain the title. Jones tested positive Turinabol and had come out to publicly deny things.

White recently did an interview with The TSN MMA Show (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting), and during the interview, White went on record by stating that if Jones does receive another long-term suspension, then he will be the biggest waste of talent not just in MMA, but in the history of sports.

“[It would be the biggest waste of talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports. The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he’d be doing right now if he had never 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.”

Jones has had a heck of a career as a pro-MMA fighter as he is a two-time light heavyweight champion and the youngest fighter to ever hold UFC gold. His first run as a UFC champion featured eight title defenses, tied for third-most all time.

Despite his success in the sport, he has had a string of incidents that not only cost him money but opportunities to build his legacy. Jones has been stripped of three different UFC belts (also a record) and failed multiple drugs tests by USADA to go along with myriad legal troubles outside of the cage.

“Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.”

Keep in mind that White has written Jones off in the past by going on record that he would “never take the risk of headlining a show with Jon Jones again” after the fiasco Jones caused at UFC 200 by being forced off the card just days beforehand. However, he booked Jones in the main event of UFC 214.

Jones is facing a possible four-year suspension that even his own coaches say could end his career. The latest update on the status of the former champion is that he has a hearing scheduled with the California Athletic Commission in December in Sacramento, Calif.

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Dana White Says McGregor vs. Ferguson Likely For Las Vegas

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White believes that a unification bout between Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson will take place in Las Vegas. McGregor holds the UFC lightweight title, while Ferguson recently captured interim gold. White insists that McGregor vs. Nate Diaz III is not in the cards. He said that McGregor vs. Ferguson […]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White believes that a unification bout between Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson will take place in Las Vegas. McGregor holds the UFC lightweight title, while Ferguson recently captured interim gold. White insists that McGregor vs. Nate Diaz III is not in the cards. He said that McGregor vs. Ferguson […]

Dana White Doubts There Will Be Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Rematch

While Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Conor McGregor surpassed many fans’ expectations in terms of entertainment value, UFC President Dana White is skeptical about the odds of a rematch between the two stars. 
Asked about the possible bout on Pard…

While Floyd Mayweather‘s victory over Conor McGregor surpassed many fans’ expectations in terms of entertainment value, UFC President Dana White is skeptical about the odds of a rematch between the two stars. 

Asked about the possible bout on Pardon My Take (h/t Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Chavez), White said, “I never say never but I doubt it.”

It’s not like fans were left with any doubt regarding who was the superior boxer following Mayweather’s TKO victory in August. McGregor looked good early on, but he ran out of gas midway through the fight, making the gulf in class between him and McGregor clear.

Money talks, though. ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported in August that Mayweather was set to earn at least $100 million from the fight, with his total payout likely surpassing $200 million. McGregor, meanwhile, made a minimum of $30 million that likely climbed above $100 million.

The allure of a massive payday could get Mayweather and McGregor back in the ring, even if a rematch is largely unnecessary.

White’s comments about a possible rematch aren’t all that surprising since he arguably has a vested interest in getting McGregor away from a boxing ring.

McGregor is one of UFC’s biggest names. Four of the company’s five biggest buy rates have come with the lightweight champion headlining the card. With Ronda Rousey’s mixed martial arts career in flux and Jon Jones facing a lengthy suspension, UFC needs all the star power it can get.

McGregor is already approaching nearly a year since his last fight in UFC—a victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November. The last thing UFC needs is for him to continue his boxing career, thus necessitating even more time away from the Octagon.

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GSP and Michael Bisping Drop Puck at Hockey Game, Smack Talk Each Other on Ice

UFC 217 is coming down the pipe pretty quickly, and headliners Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre have indulged in quite a press tour in preparation for the Madison Square Garden showdown.
This week the duo headed north of the border to St-Pierre’s …

UFC 217 is coming down the pipe pretty quickly, and headliners Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre have indulged in quite a press tour in preparation for the Madison Square Garden showdown.

This week the duo headed north of the border to St-Pierre’s home country of Canada and—obviously—spent some time paying their respects to the country’s national winter sport of hockey.

After a heated staredown in Toronto that led to some pushing and St-Pierre terrifying a child backstage with his liberal use of foul language, the pair took their hostilities to an even more public venue on Saturday: the ceremonial puck drop prior to St-Pierre’s hometown Montreal Canadiens facing off against their historic rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

UFC President Dana White hit the ice first, followed by Bisping. Predictably the raucous Montreal crowd vociferously rained boos down on the UFC middleweight champion before St-Pierre appeared to a hero’s welcome and standing ovation.

A former UFC welterweight champion, GSP fought for the strap four times in his hometown and went 4-0 there, most memorably stopping Matt Serra at UFC 83 in the promotion’s first-ever visit to the French center of Canada.

Following the welcome and the puck drop, which White took control of, Bisping and St-Pierre squared off in one of the more unusual settings ever to provide a backdrop for such a happening. With players from both teams lined up on their respective blue lines and 20,000 rabid fans boiling over around them, the fighters themselves in street clothes while Bisping brandished his world title, they struck their poses.

Just as they had in Toronto, the sides each took a turn jaw-jacking before things were broken up, and the publicity run rolled on.

The time for talk will be over on November 4 when they throw down, but for now, check out the video below.

     

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Dana White Says he Wouldn’t Mind Seeing Stiffer Penalties For Drug Violators

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White doesn’t disagree with those want stiffer penalties for drug violators. The problem lies with the fact that the issue is handled by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), not the UFC. Since USADA stepped in, a number of fighters have been flagged for violating the anti-doping policy. While some […]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White doesn’t disagree with those want stiffer penalties for drug violators. The problem lies with the fact that the issue is handled by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), not the UFC. Since USADA stepped in, a number of fighters have been flagged for violating the anti-doping policy. While some […]

Georges St-Pierre, Michael Bisping Involved in Confrontation After UFC 217 Media

Georges St-Pierre confronted Michael Bisping during a heated face off at a media commitments for UFC 217. 
Per TMZ, St-Pierre warned the champion to keep his distance, as Bisping got too close in Toronto, Canada.
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Georges St-Pierre confronted Michael Bisping during a heated face off at a media commitments for UFC 217

Per TMZSt-Pierre warned the champion to keep his distance, as Bisping got too close in Toronto, Canada.

St-Pierre said: “Don’t touch me, man! Don’t touch me. I’m not afraid of you. I don’t give a damn.”

              

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