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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