Well, Jon Jones is Back
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In a very unsurprising turn of events, USADA gave Jon Jones a 15 month suspension for his failed drug test. When applied retroactively, he will be able to compete as early as October 28th of this year, right before the MSG card.
To me, this smells fishy. First, he’s been claiming for weeks now he’ll be cleared to fight by the end of the year, which of course has come to fruition. It seems awfully suspicious, some may even call it a conspiracy, that JBJ could headline either the MSG card or the big card the UFC has at the end of the year.
Regardless of when he fights, I hope it is against DC and I hope it is at Heavyweight. Cormier seemed to be comfortable with Stipe, and stopped the greatest UFC Heavyweight inside of 1 round. Jones has seemed open to the idea, and it only makes sense. It will either cement him as one of the greats in the sport, drug cheat or not, but a loss I would argue hurts him substantially. Either way, he doesn’t seem like the type to want to play things on the safe side, and in a sport where playing it safe can lead to loss of consciousness, that’s probably a good idea.
My prediction is that he fights DC at Heavyweight in December or January. My prediction of the outcome: TBD. I do, however, expect it to be among the biggest Heavyweight fights ever, both in what it means for the fighters and PPV buys. The return of Jones is a HUGE help to the UFC, which has struggled to put together good enough cards for people to really want to buy with the exception of Conor coming back, too. The UFC needs star power to sell PPVs and keep the sport growing, and they just got one back.