The road back has been a long one for Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, but he’s finally reclaimed the UFC’s Light Heavyweight Champion. Jones picked up the belt at UFC 214 defeating Daniel Cormier.
Jones and Cormier
have a long history. They had to reschedule their first fight in 2014 after Jones injured his leg. Jones then tested positive for “cocaine metabolites”; later paying a $25,000 for violating the UFC’s Athlete Code of Conduct.
Eventually, the fight went ahead with Jones coming out victorious. Then, in 2015, he was arrested for his involvement in a hit-and-run and stripped of his title. Cormier beat Anthony Johnson in a fight to fill the vacated Light Heavyweight spot.
It was announced that Jones would face Cormier again in a 2016 title bout, but the fight was not to be. First it was rescheduled due to yet another injury (this time, Cormier foot was hurt); then, in July of 2016, Jones earned a one-year suspended after testing positive for estrogen blockers. By the time Jones and Cormier faced off in July 29, 2017, it was a long time coming. In the end, Jones landed a viscious head kick in the third round and was able to secure the victory via knockout
Cormier was noticeably upset after the loss, breaking out into tears in the ring and trying to walk out before the referee could raise Jones’ hand. Cormier later apologized on Instagram
“Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory. Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated.”
After the fight Rogan interviewed
Cormier asking for his thoughts on the rivalry. An upset Cormier told the crowd: “I don’t know, man. If you win both fights, then there is no rivalry. So…”
Following the knockout, Jones called out
former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, saying:
“Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy that weighs 40 pounds less than you, come meet me in the octagon”
Lesnar seems to have accepted the challenge, although it most likely wouldn’t take place until next summer
. UFC president Dana White told reporters
that Jones would have to fight someone else first since Lesnar still has six months left on his suspension after he too tested positive
for estrogen-blockers. If the fight does go down, odds
are currently in Jones’ favor. As for who Jones might face before Lesnar, there has been a lot of speculation
Since reclaiming his title, Jones tweeted
that he’s “soaking in every moment of family time after all the hard work and grueling camp.”
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