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."
Can't wait to get back and slap one of these light heavyweights, even on the sidelines I'm more relevant than anyone in that division.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 20, 2016
You boys know when we all retire you will just be known as one of my contenders, easy for y'all to talk that shit when daddy ain't home— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 20, 2016
Eye pokers turned twitter fingers— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 20, 2016
DC I'll always be that "normal guy" who worked your ass— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 20, 2016
And AJ you calling my out of the cage problems amazing is almost hysterical. Trying to shit on me doesn't make you look anymore like a saint— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 20, 2016
Don't start no shit won't be no shit— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 20, 2016
Given this turn of events, Jones took to Twitter last night with renewed ire for his light heavyweight compatriots.
That's right light heavyweight division, this means I got in that ass fair and square. I heard your interviews.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016
Steroids didn't give me the believe that I am the baddest fm on this planet— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016
It didn't give me the heart to pull off victories in the last minutes of championship fights.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016
Steroids will never give you a high IQ of the game. It won't increase your awareness or your timing.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016
It won't make you more technical— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016
It didn't give me the idea to set my mind to a goal, to follow my dreams and bust my ass every day in the gym.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016
I know that I've earned every inch of my success, every match ever won— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016
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.
Earning this high place in sports gives me the confidence and courage to know that I can do the same in my life— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016
I know that I have something extremely powerful inside of me, I have the power to achieve anything I set my mind to.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016
Knowing this helps me not worry when times get rough, I am more than a conqueror. I have what it takes to win— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016
Here's hoping the man learned his lesson.
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Nothing awful said. Good work.
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Honestly, wonder who has the cans he threw? That's a cool piece of memorabilia.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
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.
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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