Expect a More Mature Jon Jones in UFC Return

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones‘ suspension ends in July. The once top pound-for-pound fighter in the world is expected to return to the Octagon later this year. No fighter has been able to defeat “Bones,” except himself. The 29-year-old New York native is the only fighter in UFC history to be stripped of a title twice.

Jones successfully defended the 205-pound title eight times, which included a win over current titleholder Daniel Cormier at UFC 182. He was scheduled to face Anthony Johnson in the UFC 187 main event in May 2015, but was removed from the bout and stripped of the belt after his involvement in a hit-and-run traffic incident. After resolving his legal issues stemming from the hit-and-run, Jones returned to the cage against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 and captured the interim 205-pound championship.

Bout agreements were signed for a title unification bout and rematch with Cormier to headline UFC 200. Jones was forced to withdraw from the event after testing positive to banned substances during an out-of-competition test administered prior to the scheduled fight. He was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a year and stripped of a UFC title for the second time.

During his time away from fighting, Jones has realized what he nearly threw away.  The youngest fighter to ever win a UFC championship says that he’s turned over a new leaf. 

“The time off has been great. I think you don’t really appreciate what you have until you don’t have it anymore. This last year has given me a lot of time to realize how great my life was and how bad I want it back,” he said during a press conference in New York. 

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“Since I’ve been gone, I really had the opportunity to look at my career from a fan’s perspective almost instead of being in it. I just realized just how special of a career that I have had, and how incredibly hard of a career that I’ve had. I think my resume – I’ve beaten some of the toughest guys in our sport’s history,” he added. 

Jones has been sponsored by mainstream brands like Nike.  He’s been featured in nationally aired commercials.  That all disappeared after the hit-and-run.  He knows it’s going to be an uphill battle to get back what he once had. 

“All the endorsements that I’ve had, and all the things that I’ve lost, it really hits you when you don’t have a lot of this stuff. Not only does it make you realize how much work you put in to get that, it makes you realize how hard it’s going to be to get that stuff back,” said the former champion. 

“I just realized that I had a lot, and it hurts to not have it. And I know how much work it’s going to take to get it back. I’m just more grateful now for the things that I’ve been able to accomplish than when I was back when I was accomplishing them.”

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  • Gum_ball_death

    Sure, I’ll believe that when I see it.

  • wheelsdeal

    Expect the same ol’Jon…he will fake the good guy for some months and then back to the same bs.

  • steve boone

    Like him or not he is the GOAT…..

    • Nick C

      Demetrius Johnson is……..

      • TheCerealKiller

        I’ll will forever argue that he’s a big fish in a really little pond. No way I could ever call him the GOAT.

      • Murdock

        Mighty Mouse only fought 2-3 high level fighters at flyweight. Jon Jones fought guys who were absolute killers.

      • uncle

        Yeah if you’re a midget

  • Hyperbole

    Another screw up in 5…4…3..

  • blzrbill

    He needs to be banned from professional sports where he can no longer influence our children’s actions.

    • TheCerealKiller

      If you let your kids stay up until 1am to watch people punch each other in the face and let them think these people are Role Models, you already failed as a parent. Role Models are teachers, doctors, policemen, firemen, not fighters. As a father, I can’t stand when people make this super ignorant point.

    • unclejack

      Oh no, Dana will never let his golden boy go… He can do whatever he want’s and he’ll get away from it. Suck cocaine, smash people with his car… Everything is legal for this dip$hit

  • Ray D.

    That’s cute

  • Nick C

    Another new leaf he is turning over? He’s gone through like five trees at this point with all the new leaves……give me a break…he will be the same idiot he has always been….it’s just a matter of time before the next issue happens.

  • Roscoe Gauldin

    i just read the article’s headline and couldn’t stop laughing.

  • unclejack

    I expect exactly the same dip$hit he’s always been and that’s what we will get. He did what he did and nothing will make it up. Can’t wait to see that motherf*cker getting whipped.

  • deepgrim

    ah the the all too familiar jon jones, i have grown and matured story, i wonder what he is going to do next?