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Morning Report: Jon Jones to UFC light heavyweights: 'I got in that a** fair and square'

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Jon Jones' appeal has new life and seemingly, so does he.

Last week, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson spoke with TSN, calling Jones "irrelevant" so long as he continues to have outside-the-cage issues. It was a continuation of both men's stance that they and the 205-pound division cannot be held in paralysis while Jones continues to have problems which prevent him from fighting. The interview prompted Jones to call the two men out on Twitter for "talking shit."

Of course, Jones is unable to "get back and slap" either one of the men because he is currently under temporary suspension for failing a USADA drug test before UFC 200. However, as reported Monday, Jones' attorney Howard Jacobs recently said that USADA independently confirmed that a supplement which Jones was taking before UFC 200 was in fact tainted with clomiphene and letrozole, the two banned substances Jones was flagged for. In light of this news, Jacobs said that in Jones' upcoming arbitration hearing on October 31, he believes Jones' sentence will be significantly reduced, hopefully to just a warning.

Given this turn of events, Jones took to Twitter last night with renewed ire for his light heavyweight compatriots.

Jones has maintained his innocence since being flagged by USADA back in July, and in August, he alluded to this tainted supplement situation, hinting that he would "be back soon." He still has to face his arbitration with USADA and a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission but it's possible Jones will indeed be back much sooner than previously thought.

Even if Jones does come back early next year though, the question will always be: how long until he does something else that derails his career? He has had multiple outside-the-cage issues that are varied and well documented and at this point his actions have become expected rather than anomalous. But by the sound of it, Jones might have learned his lesson from this unfortunate event.

Here's hoping the man learned his lesson.

Jones' USADA arbitration is set for October 31 and his NSAC disciplinary hearing is set for November 10.

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2008: In what would be the first in a set of weird fights for the GOAT, Anderson Silva defeated Patrick Cote via TKO when Cote injured his knee in the third round of the main event of UFC 90. In the co-main event, Thiago Alves cemented his shot at the welterweight title by winning a unanimous decision over Josh Koscheck.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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Having a built in loophole that is damn near ubiquitous for fighters makes the whole USADA thing pretty absurd. Personally, I don't think JBJ intentionally took anything he knew was banned but regardless, it's too easy for every fighter to blame a failed test on a tainted supplement. And that's not even getting into the argument about whether USADA should punish intent or result in the first place. Long story short, this thing needs to either go to a zero tolerance policy or be overhauled in a major way. Or better yet, quit fighting a losing battle and let them take whatever they want. The war on PEDs is costly and isn't a winning proposition. Besides, in the words of the immortal Diaz brothers:

That's all folks!

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