Jon Jones has returned in full, at least to social media.
After the longtime 205-pound champion was stripped of his title last year for his outside-the-cage actions, Jones' online presence became markedly less active. But recently, with his looming drug hearings, and the rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson coming up at UFC 206, Jones has been posting frequently to Twitter and Instagram.
And despite the long history of bad blood between them and Jones taking shots at Cormier recently, Jones doesn't deny his rival's talent, picking Cormier to win the rematch with Johnson based on his overall MMA game.
If I had to bet I would go with DC, his overall game is more complete https://t.co/PhyhxkzK5c— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 28, 2016
Jones handed Cormier his first an only loss last January via competitive but dominant unanimous decision at UFC 182. Then when Jones was stripped, Cormier won the vacant light heavyweight belt by submitting Johnson in the third round of UFC 187. Cormier then defended the belt once against Alexander Gustafsson.
After sitting out for almost a year, Jones was supposed to make his return against Cormier at UFC at UFC 197 in April but Cormier was forced to withdraw from the bout with an injury and instead Jones faced Ovince Saint Preux for an interim title which Jones won. Jones and Cormier were then scheduled to main event UFC 200 but just days before the event Jones was removed from the card for failing a pre-fight USADA drug test.
Since then new information has come to light that Jones' failed tests were possibly the result of a tainted supplement which Jones' attorney says USADA has independently confirmed. Jones' arbitration is scheduled for today (October 31) wherein it will be determined how long he will be suspended, if at all.
If the reports of the tainted supplement are true, it seems likely that Jones will be back in action by early next year, likely against the winner of the UFC 206 main event. If this is the case, despite picking Cormier, Jones will be cheering for "Rumble" Johnson so he can kill two birds with one stone.
I would much rather fight Rumble for the title. That way I could clear the division and get my belt back at once https://t.co/aZJKjuUsP7— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 26, 2016
That type of thinking is still premature though. Even if his hearing with USADA goes well, Jones still has to clear one last hurdle before he can get back in the cage, a Nov. 10th hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NSAC isn't beholden to whatever decision the USADA arbitration will yield and could well suspend Jones despite his tainted supplement explanation.
In the meantime, Jones' backing of Cormier did not go unnoticed by the current light heavyweight champion.
Smart man JOHNNY boy! Thank you https://t.co/nkQhUtAfNR— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 28, 2016
Whatever happens with his upcoming meetings, it's at least nice to have Jones back and active on social media, if not in the cage.
Union. Randy Couture believes fighters are tired of "taking it in the shorts" and that a Fighter Association is imminent.
Happy place. Daniel Cormier is trying to be "at peace" with the Jon Jones-USADA situation.
I miss Hunto. Mark Hunt retains a lawyer to explore his legal options against the UFC.
Records. Dana White says UFC 205 has already broken Madison Square Garden's live gate record.
Harsh. The UFC has removed Fabricio Werdum from his broadcasting duties for his Reebok dissension.
All the drugs. Adam Hunter received a two-year ban after testing positive for five banned substances.
Nebulous definitions. Jordan Breen dissects the varying levels of greatness of Urijah Faber.
Wonderboy doing dope things.
Is buttoning polo shirts all the way to the top fashionable these days?
Now Nate has 30 pounds on him apparently. By January, Nate will be a 10-foot tall velociraptor in the retellings.
RFA Highlights from the weekend.
Bisping is a real fun champion.
These aren't getting a lot of attention but the veteran fighter summit is a legit thing and these are worth checking out.
Throwback with Art Davie
Ouch. Odd to start this beef right here.
To support his habit during suspension, apparently Jon Jones (he blocked me) picked up a cash job. Clever disguise Jon. pic.twitter.com/HzYHsknjil— Purdue has NO ❤ (@mattmitrione) October 28, 2016
@mattmitrione I have more money in real estate then your net worth. You come out of nowhere talking shit, fuck off bro— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 28, 2016
@JonnyBones it's ok princess, cocaine and your other habits that we ALL know about will drain that. You're a great talent w God complex.— Purdue has NO ❤ (@mattmitrione) October 28, 2016
Great response from JBJ here. He's starting to figure it out.
@mattmitrione have a good weekend, hope this somehow made you feel better— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 28, 2016
Just landed in LA, staying in Santa Monica tonight. Big meeting tomorrow— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 31, 2016
And here is another Twitter beef that popped off.
You're not a warrior; you're a joke. And a bad, unfunny one at that. https://t.co/TYDva7j41J— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) October 28, 2016
@EliasTheodorou you hope he does so you don't ever have to stand in front of me you are no spartan. Your a boring scared fighter.— Alex Nicholson (@spartanlife32) October 28, 2016
Do you have any other material? Would you like me to write some for you? I'm assuming you can read... https://t.co/c8EuIHfN5A— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) October 28, 2016
This one got a lot of love from MMA folk and really got under Nicholson's skin.
How's this: you're a racist, cowardly, piece of women-abusing garbage and if you ever get enough wins, I'll gladly beat the breaks off you. https://t.co/QvHezOKwMI— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) October 28, 2016
@EliasTheodorou you don't know me or my story. I'll hurt you and that is why you resort to talking shit not accepting a challenge— Alex Nicholson (@spartanlife32) October 28, 2016
Just an odd, incongruous response.
Very solid costume.
Game....Blouses pic.twitter.com/fnVrsGit0X— Neil Magny (@NeilMagny) October 30, 2016
Stipe done started a movement.
Fudge sounds better than it actually is— Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) October 29, 2016
Sage on that Matt Hughes training plan.
It should be his.
I am a fighter. I won't be defeated by this. I am also extremely confused and saddened by the events that occurred. I am grateful that no one was harmed by this cowardly act. My life as well as my loved ones were put in danger. I cannot understand why someone would want to hurt myself or my family. I will do everything I can to ensure that we find out who committed this crime and that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I'm constantly defending my choice to stay in this city. Regardless of the crimes that have been occurring lately, this is my home. I really hope the city that I rep has my back on this one and helps by reporting anything they know about this. #teampettis #250k
Looks pretty good for his first drop down.
JJ on the mitts.
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