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According to a great number of people in MMA, Jon Jones is the best fighter in the history of the sport. Also according to a great number of people in MMA, Jon Jones is the biggest waste of talent in the history of the sport. UFC President Dana White happens to fall into both categories.

In a recent interview with The TSN MMA Show, White asserted that should Jones’ latest snafu with USADA result in another long-term suspension, the former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion will be the biggest waste of talent not just in MMA, but in the history of sports.

“[It would be the biggest waste of talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports. The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he’d be doing right now if he had never got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones.”

Jones has been one of the most successful fighters in MMA history. He is a two-time light heavyweight champion and the youngest fighter to ever hold UFC gold. His initial reign atop the division is one of the greatest in the history of the sport, featuring eight title defenses, tied for third-most all time.

But his pratfalls have been almost as numerous as his victories. Jones has been stripped of three different UFC belts (also a record) and failed multiple drugs tests by USADA to go along with myriad legal troubles outside of the cage. Jones is currently awaiting a hearing for most recent failure (for an in-competition drug test at UFC 214) but White doesn’t seem to hold out much hope for good news coming from that.

“Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.”

White has written Jones off before, famously stating that Jones would “never take the risk of headlining a show with Jon Jones again” after the fiasco Jones caused at UFC 200 by being forced off the card just days beforehand. And while UFC 214 proved that notion false, perhaps being burned a second time might cause White to more seriously consider a hardline approach to Jones. Then again, he may not have to. Jones is facing a possible four-year suspension that even his own coaches say could end his career.

Jon Jones has a hearing with the California Athletic Commission in December in Sacramento, Calif.


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VIDEO STEW

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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Holm’s response which is perfect.

RepostBy @hollyholm: "I've actually just wasted a minute of my life on this video." (via #InstaRepost @EasyRepost)

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I cannot imagine a worse look than this for Cris Cyborg.

This is disgusting and Corey Anderson needs to chill.

Nicholson trying to get back.

Frankie on the new poster.

Why they got me all crazy eyed? #FireInThoseEyes #IdLikeToBuyAVowel #UFC218

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Lawler looks happier than he usually does at UFC events.

Fair.

That’s a lot of ones.

Informative stuff.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

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FINAL THOUGHTS

“I like Francis Ngannou. I think Francis Ngannou can be the next big thing, literally and figuratively. When you’re a badass, language has nothing to do with it. Look at Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, the list goes on and on. It’s about your performances. We think about the talking because Conor’s so good. Conor’s a great fighter and every time he opens his mouth it’s hilarious but you find those guys every once in a blue moon.”

That is a quote from Dana from the same interview as above. Think about that and then think about the PPV rate of UFC 216.

Also, Tony vs. Conor beat out Nate vs. Conor by a 3-1 margin on yesterday’s poll for those interested.

That’s all for today folks. Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL

Poll

Is Jon Jones the biggest waste of talent in the history of sports?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Yes.
    (613 votes)
  • 55%
    He’s the biggest waste of talent in MMA history but not in all of sports.
    (1017 votes)
  • 10%
    No. He’s not even the biggest waste of talent in MMA history.
    (194 votes)
1824 votes total Vote Now

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